We begin with men who, for different reasons, dress up as Jesus.

A man in a Jesus costume showed up with a bouquet of red balloons to protest anti-gay protesters at this year’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles.


Man dressed as Jesus protests anti-gay protesters at the 2013 Los Angeles AIDS Walk. Photo courtesy of Brody Brown via Instagram.

Man dressed as Jesus protests anti-gay protesters at the 2013 Los Angeles AIDS Walk. Photo courtesy of Brody Brown via Instagram. (Image source)


Next, Tattoo Jesus, on Jesustattoo.org billboards, is offending and delighting Texans. A Christian group depicts a heavily tattooed Savior, whose tats says things like “Addicted” and “Jealous” to show how Jesus bears our sins. Just to be clear, Jesustattoo.org apparently wants you to get Jesus, not a tattoo.

The latest register of deeds to welcome marriage-minded gay couples works in Buncombe County, N.C. (That’s Asheville, y’all.) This after NC AG Roy Cooper announced his personal support for gay marriage.

But Cooper says he’ll support the state’s ban. Other “no gay marriage or neutral-gay-marriage states where a county official has taken a similar step since the Supreme Court’s partial strike down of DOMA: New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

The new No. 2 at the Vatican missed the changing-of-the-guard ceremony at which he was to take over for Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, relieved of his duties after seven tumultuous years. Archbishop Pietro Parolin needed emergency surgery, supposedly minor, but he will need a few weeks to recover.

Nitzan Horowitz could be the next mayor of Tel Aviv, and the first openly gay mayor in the Middle East.

Saying that the law doesn’t adequately punish those who take the lives of the unborn, “personhood” activists in Colorado have succeeded in putting a question on next year’s state ballot that would add crimes against “unborn human beings” to the criminal code.

The son of the president of the Wisconsin Sikh Temple who died in the 2012 mass shooting there plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in 2014. Amar Kaleka will run as a Democrat.

Wishing you a blessed Eid al-Adha. Can we make it more blessed . . . ???

Muslim students in school districts with relatively high proportions of Muslims are petitioning for the Eid holidays to be days off for everyone, our own Omar Sacirbey writes.

Saudi security is out in force to make sure hajj pilgrims leave their political debates at home, but given what’s going on in Egypt, Syria, etc., the pilgrims are still managing to talk about chaos and violence in their home countries.

Moscow police tighten security to prevent Eid-related riots.

A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday that only Muslims may use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God, overturning a lower court’s 2009 decision that allowed others to use the word. Um, can you write it, or did I just get in trouble in Malaysia?

In the wake of the Westgate mall bloodbath, Ken Chitwood writes that Kenya once enjoyed relative peace between Muslims and Christians.

Jeffrey Weiss explains why it wasn’t disrespectful of the prime minister of Greece to say “no thanks” to wearing a kippah at Israel’s official Holocaust memorial.

The researchers who released the massive, mostly praised Pew report on American Jews this month respond to critic J.J. Goldberg, who said their doomsday predictions were wrong.

Here are your daily doses of culture. (Sit up a little straighter, please.)

Colm Toibin’s “Testament of Mary” has been shortlisted for the Booker prize, and probably burned in some quarters.

Our man in London, Brian Pellot, introduces us to the Mixed Up Chorus, whose songsters are Christian, Jewish, Agnostic, You Name It. Among other tunes in their repertoire, “Galaxy Song,” from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.

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- Lauren Markoe

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Galaxy Song made my day! Thanks much! Oh, Lauren you did an interview this weekend with State of Belief on WCPT Chicago. Could you post a link to that interview? It was on too early for me to be up to listen to it here in Co. Thanks

  2. Something is wrong with the comment section. Best I can tell if one avoids the top number row and avoids using it to add a exclaimination mark or at sign etc. you can post fine. Otherwise, it kicks you out and you have to start your comment all over again. It took me at least 4 times, maybe 5, to post the 1st comment. Cheers, &

  3. Lauren Markoe

    Lauren Markoe

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    Thanks much and I will call our IT genius — he really is a genius — regarding website glitches. Rev. Gaddy was gracious to ask me on State of Belief. I’ll go find a link and post it.

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