from The Great Debate:

Islam, terror and political correctness

By Bernd Debusmann
February 19, 2010

-- Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

from Tales from the Trail:

Haiti … Too Much Suffering

January 14, 2010

QUAKE-HAITI/Having hurtled by car through the Dominican Republic to the ramshackle Haitian border, I and four other foreign journalists were desperate to reach Port-au-Prince by nightfall. So after exchanging Ramon's beaten-up taxi for the the back of a modern pickup owned by one of Haiti's elite families, our speed stresses were soon put into terrible perspective.

What were the top religion news stories of 2009?

December 17, 2009
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Hindu lights Diwali candles in Agartala, India, 17 Oct 2009/Jayanta Dey

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.

Thoughts on Obama’s Nobel Theology Prize speech

December 10, 2009
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President Barack Obama in Oslo, 10 Dec 2009/John McConnico

If there were a Nobel Prize for Theology, large parts of President Barack Obama’s Oslo speech could be cut and pasted into an acceptance speech for it. The Peace Prize speech dealt with war and he made a clear case from the start for the use of force when necessary. While he began with political arguments for this position, his rationale took on an increasingly religious tone as the speech echoed faith leaders and theologians going back to the origins of Christianity.

from Tales from the Trail:

American Muslims are fierce patriots, Obama says

December 10, 2009

President Barack Obama can duck a question with the best of them, but when he was asked about the arrest in Pakistan of five allegedly home-grown U.S. jihadists, he seized the opportunity to damp down a potential backlash against American Muslims and praised the community for its "fierce patriotism."
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from Tales from the Trail:

Has abortion role been overblown in U.S. healthcare debate?

November 19, 2009

A new poll by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests that concern about federal funding for abortion is very low on the list of factors driving opposition to President Barack Obama's effort to overhaul America's healthcare system.

from Tales from the Trail:

Hawaii’s favorite son commemorates its new saint

October 9, 2009

Father Damien de Veuster, one of Hawaii's most revered figures, was remembered on Friday by the state's most famous -- U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Nobel citation speaks of shared values – is hope on top?

October 9, 2009

obama-at-unThe statement announcing the Nobel Peace Prize for U.S. President Barack Obama says that “his diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population”.

U.S. Religious Left campaigns for climate change legislation

October 8, 2009

The U.S. “Religious Left” — which has been active at the grassroots level to support President Barack Obama’s drive for health care reform – has now launched a campaign in support his other major domestic initiative: climate change legislation.

Useful Pew backgrounder on faith and U.S. healthcare debate

October 5, 2009

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has released a useful backgrounder on the role of faith groups in the increasingly bitter and partisan U.S. healthcare debate. You can read it here.