Wednesday Godbytes

Religion Dispatches has some reflections on Halloween in the United States, including commentary on “Jesus Ween.” Yeah, you heard that right. Good Magazine has a report on a church in San Jose, California that is divesting millions from Bank of America as a sign of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Unrelated: Good magazine […]

Faith groups target `Super CommitteeâÂ?Â? on poverty

Josef Kuhn |

WASHINGTON (RNS) As the deadline for a federal deficit-reduction plan looms, religious communities are holding prayer vigils, phoning politicians and organizing letter campaigns in a bid to protect safety net programs for the poor. The national “Faithful Budget Campaign,” led by a coalition of about 25 mainline Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim organizations, is targeting […]

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup

What’s in a name? With apologies to Shakespeare, the more pertinent question presented by yet another stellar AP investigation is: Where is a name? If you’re a Muslim living in NYC and you’ve changed your name recently, the answer may be “in a NYPD file.” Muslims who change their names to sound more traditionally American […]

Tuesday Godbytes

Hey sportsfans: Religion Dispatches has an article entitled “Tim Tebow, Protestant Saint.” Yup. With the recent release of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs‘ biography, conversations about the technology mogul’s faith have sprung up anew. The Friendly Atheist blog notes that Steve Jobs reportedly stopped going to church at an early age, but the Independent […]

Hindu festival of lights goes mainstream

Lauren Markoe |

(RNS) Happy Diwali! Happy Di what? It’s a Hindu holiday — and an important one — celebrated this week by Hindus all over the world, including an estimated 2 million in the United States. But do most Americans even know what Diwali is all about? Many Hindu Americans say no, and they’re working to change […]

Muslims call for reforms 10 years after Patriot Act

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report released to mark the 10th anniversary of the Patriot Act. The Tuesday (Oct. 25) report by Muslim Advocates, “Losing Liberty: The State of Freedom 10 Years After The Patriot Act” […]

Muslims combat radicalization with online tools

Josef Kuhn |

WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim organization is working to counter radicalization by providing the work of progressive Islam scholars online in simple, youth-friendly language. Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a nonprofit group that has established liberal Muslim communities in the U.S. and Canada, created the “Literary Zikr” website to provide an alternative to the fundamentalist versions […]

Clergy petition Village Voice to drop ads linked to sex trafficking

Adelle M. Bank |

(RNS) Three dozen religious leaders have signed an ad calling on Village Voice Media to remove an adult section of its BackPage.com that they and others claim is a conduit for child sex trafficking. “As moral and religious leaders of many creeds and backgrounds, we are united in calling on your publication to shut down […]

COMMENTARY: The hard work of just being there

Tom Ehrich |

NEW YORK (RNS) Eighteen months ago, when our recovery ministry was getting off the ground, a veteran of such a ministry visited from Richmond, Va., and told us simply: “Your job is to be there every Sunday.” She told us to be a fellowship of peace and purpose where people in recovery from addiction can […]

TuesdayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup

Moammar Gadhafi was buried at dawn this morning, “somewhere in the desert” of Libya. Libyan officials want to keep the location secret to prevent his tomb being desecrated or turned into a pilgrimage site. The burial comes after the corpse of the late Libyan dictator was put on public display in a supermarket meat locker […]