from FaithWorld:

French “Satanic defenestration” story thrown out the window

October 26, 2010

devil 1Apart from the strikes against pension reform, one of the big stories in France that made headlines around the world these past few days has been about 12 people of African origin who reportedly jumped out of an apartment window in a Paris suburb to flee from a man they thought was the devil. A four-month old baby died in the incident. The initial stories spoke of satanic rituals, maybe something to do with voodoo, and a crazed collective leap into the dark.

from Tales from the Trail:

O’Donnell credits prayer for campaign boost

October 25, 2010

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Republicans may be abandoning Christine O'Donnell's U.S. Senate campaign. But she still has friends in high places -- really high places.

from FaithWorld:

Pope seeks Mideast religious liberty, bishops criticise Israel

October 24, 2010

synod 1 (Photo: Bishops at Mass marking the end of the synod of bishops from the Middle East in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 24, 2010/Alessia Pierdomenico)

Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East on Sunday to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims and said peace in the region was the best remedy for a worrying exodus of Christians.

from FaithWorld:

Why did the U.N. proclaim World Interfaith Harmony Week?

October 22, 2010

unga 1 (Photo: United Nations General Assembly hall, 23 Nov 2006/Jérôme Blum)

The United Nations General Assembly passes a stack of resolutions every year and many of them go all but unnoticed.  One such document just approved in New York established a new World Interfaith Harmony Week. High-minded resolutions put most news junkies to sleep, so it's probably no surprise this one got such scant media coverage (see here and here). But there's more to this one than meets the glazed-over eye.

from FaithWorld:

Egypt stops TV channels, Islamic trend seen a target

October 20, 2010

satellite dishesEgypt has temporarily shut 12 satellite channels and warned 20 others for reasons ranging from insulting religions to broadcasting pornography, although an analyst said the real target seemed to be strict Islamic trends.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Do you have a flare for stupidity?

October 14, 2010

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Blog Guy, me and others like me are being discriminated against. We're dumbasses, and we don't think there are enough ways for us to express ourselves these days.

from FaithWorld:

Hindu and Muslim Bollywood stars urge calm before Indian mosque verdict

September 29, 2010

priyanka002It's a sign of how explosive the Ayodhya mosque verdict in India could be that several Hindu and Muslim film stars in Bollywood have issued a public appeal for calm once the decision is announced. As we've posted here on FaithWorld, an Indian court is due to announce on Thursday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around the Babri mosque, which Hindu nationalists demolished in 1992. The Hindu-Muslim riots that followed killed some 2,000 people.

from FaithWorld:

Atheists, Jews, Mormons top U.S. religious knowledge poll

September 28, 2010

relig symbolsAtheists and agnostics may not believe in God or gods but they know a thing or two about them, according to a survey of religious knowledge among Americans released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Want some novelty science with that whoopee cushion?

September 23, 2010

Okay, enough is enough.

I appreciate science as much as the next person. I understand there are at least 5,000 feet in a mile. I totally get it that Fahrenheit and Celsius are different scales, and that for instance minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit is, um, let's see, minus 40 degrees Celsius.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

A Kafkaesque error?

September 21, 2010

Florida pastor's daughter: 'he needs help'

SOMALIA/After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become insect-like.