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Steven Sotloff had dual U.S.-Israel citizenship. 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch would "convert or kill" Islamic extremists. Same-sex marriage gets a setback. More in today's Roundup.

Categories: Beliefs

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman is a senior national correspondent for Religion News Service, specializing in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics, and manager for social media.


  1. Hey Cathy, The Blasphemy Challenge has been around for almost a decade. I was actually one of the first people to take the challenge when my good friend Brian Sapient called me up and told be that the Rational Response Squad was starting it. The first hundred people who took the challenge received a free copy of the DVD, “The God Who Wasn’t There” directed by Brian Flemming.

    Have you cursed the Holy Spirit today?

  2. This roundup makes it seem like Israel is dismantling the footbridge in order to prevent Muslims from accessing their holy sites. In fact, as the Yahoo article states, Jordan, the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, requested that the bridge be taken down, to prevent Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and from making any further archaeological findings (which generally prove Jewish presence at the site centuries before Islam). Most rabbis will tell you not to go up there because we can’t be sure of where the holy of holies stood — somewhere only the high priest is allowed to go. You can get from the Muslim Quarter to the Temple Mount very easily, without going through the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall Plaza onto the bridge.

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