image of carrot cake via Emily's Recipe Page (

image of carrot cake via Emily’s Recipe Page (

Massachusetts inmate Daniel LaPlante is suing over access to ritual items of his Wiccan faith, including carrot cake, colored pens and, um, dragon blood. The full list is here.

One person who’s happy that Minnesota legalized gay marriage: Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who served up “rainbow Communion bread” at the inaugural service of his Revolution Church in Minneapolis.

From the Dept. of Oh Pat, You Shouldn’t Have, Pat Robertson says “males have a tendency to wander a little bit” and it’s the wife’s job to make sure the home life is so great that he doesn’t have reason to stray.

Perhaps he’s thinking of Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti, who’s quitting the runway for her husband and for God.

Along those lines, our own Jonathan Merritt keeps it going with Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll (whom Merritt said was this generation’s Robertson) and ponders the power of words.

Looks like more and more Canadians are spending Sunday mornings in a booth at Tim Horton’s than at a pew inside a church.

North Carolina is inching toward becoming the eighth state to ban “foreign laws” (i.e., Islamic Shariah law) from state courtrooms.

Speaking of foreign laws, a German evangelical family that says they’ll face persecution back home for home-schooling their kids lost an asylum bid at a federal appeals court; they’re ready to take it to the Supremes.

Increasing numbers of congregations are starting vegetable gardens with the goal of tilling the soil, tending the soul and keeping food pantries well stocked.

As Washington is fixated over the IRS/Tea Party scandal, others say it’s worth remembering that liberal churches — namely, All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, Calif. — were the victims of a “witch hunt” by the IRS under former President George W. Bush.

Catholic bishops and others are worried about a human cloning breakthrough in Oregon, saying it could lead to designer babies.

Franklin Graham says he was targeted by the IRS, as well as the staunchly pro-Israel group Z Street.

A whole range of Christian leaders came together in D.C. to preach civility, but as our own Lauren Markoe notes, apparently they couldn’t agree on exactly what that would look like.

Yes, it has come to this: There are now tours of Buenos Aires where you can see all the sites Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio frequented before he became Pope Francis.

For those of you out there who are loathe to tweet: The head of the Saudi religious police says using Twitter can send you to hell.

Reports out of China say a Tibetan monk was beaten to death by Chinese police after two cassettes of the Dalai Lama’s speeches were found in his room. People still use cassettes?

Israel’s (female) attorney general is putting her foot down that yes, Jewish women will have access to the sacred Western Wall.

French officials are concerned that prisons are a breeding ground for radical Islam.

That’s it for today, folks. To all of you who contributed to our recent spring fundraising drive, thank you thank you thank you!


  1. Laurence Charles Ringo

    I find myself continously astonished as to why anyone,ANYONE would give someone as senile and befuddled as Pat Robertson a platform from which to air his sick,non-christian views.Really,RNS?? Please,just let him spew his demented drivel on his own network,both and paid for by the extorted funds of his gullible and naïve sheep;the man is an absolute disgrace to the Christian faith! I almost feel sorry for his”yes-men”(or women) co-hosts,who must kowtow to this ignoramus’nonsense for a paycheck;how do you look at yourselves in the mirror after each showing of this dreck,Terry and Kristie? And Robertson’s son Gordon is as dumb as a box of rocks and more boring than watching paint dry!! At least Robertson,as silly as he is,is mildy amusing with his idiotic pronouncements on this and that;if he leaves Gordon in charge when he dies,that will spell the end of the”700″Club,and frankly,good riddance!! (Not wishing death on Pat,just the”death”of a program that’s sunk into farce and idiocy!)

  2. Rabbi Hillel Katzir

    Correction of the item about Israel’s (female) “attorney general” in the story about Women of the Wall: the article refers to Tsipi Livni, who is the Minister of Justice, a political position which is analogous to the United States Attorney General; but in Israel, Attorney General is a civil service post in the Ministry of Justice and is currently held by a male.

  3. russell leisenheimer

    “Reports out of China say a Tibetan monk was beaten to death by Chinese police after two cassettes of the Dalai Lama’s speeches were found in his room. People still use cassettes?”

    at the risk of appearing humorless, the murder of a tibetan monk at the hands of chinese authorities doesn’t strike me as something that should be joked about

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