What were the top religion news stories of 2009?
It’s Top 10 time again. As 2009 nears its end, Time magazine and the Religion Newswriters Association in the U.S. have produced their lists of the main religion news stories of the year. They take quite different views.
Time‘s list is quite broad, the top three being the advance of secularism in Europe, Pope Benedict’s invitation to conservative Anglicans and President Barack Obama’s decision to expand the faith-based office created by George Bush.
The RNA picked Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim world as its top story, followed by the role of religious groups in the U.S. health care reform debate and the Fort Hood massacre allegedly carried out by an American Muslim officer.
Another Top 10 list out there comes from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. It also put Obama at the top of its list — “New President brings change, but delays some tough decisions.”
Not surprisingly, these are all quite U.S.-centered assessments of the main religion stories of 2009. What would you say was the world’s most important religion news story this year? Please send in your suggestions.