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Friday, August 7, 2020

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Brad A. Greenberg

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Praying the depression away

Since Robin Williams <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/08/12/robin-williams-death-leaves-world-stunned/13947643/ ">death, there has been a lot of <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-new-banks-robin-williams-suicide-20140816-column.html ">commentary about <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/12/suicide-contagion-and-social-media-the-dangers-of-sharing-genie-youre-free/ ">depression and suicide. (Also, lots of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/13/robin-williamss-daughter-zelda-driven-off-twitter-by-vicious-trolls/ ">horrible trolling.)...

And for your summer reading list …

Vox offers a list of 10 religion articles to read while the New Yorker archive is free. I think that's until September, which makes...

Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for Christianity escaping to U.S.

No word yet on whether Meriam Ibrahim and family have arrived in the United States, but the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for...

“No, no, no. Prophet Jonah is gone. God, these scoundrels”

<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1jITkdB2xZM " width="480"> Reminiscent of when the Taliban destroyed Afghanistan's giant Buddha statue, the organization formerly known as ISIS (now just the...

UCLA Hillel, a student government candidate and outside money

<a href="http://forward.com/articles/202616/why-did-ucla-hillel-funnel-cash-from-pro-israel-do/?p=all#ixzz38OHBsUZm ">The Forward published an interesting story yesterday about UCLA Hillel accepting money from an outside donor who wanted the money to support a...

Miami Beach eruv attracts unwanted attention

It feels like ancient history now, but <a href="http://musclys.blogspot.com/2007/02/eruv-my-view.html ">in 2007 I wrote about an ugly public fight over the erection of an eruv in...

Pope “humbly asks forgiveness” from clergy sex abuse victims

It's to be expected that when the pope speaks, the world listens. But Pope Francis leaves no doubt that his message will be heard....

Editing the R-rated stuff out of the Torah or just editing?

Uriel Heilman <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/religion/article/torah_too_r_rated_for_some_chasidim_so_they_edited_it ">notes this story from a Chasidic village in New York: The censored chumash, or Bible, was printed for Beit Tziporah, a girls school...

Nigeria reportedly locks up man, treats for “insanity” after he decides he’s an atheist

Where to begin: A Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in...

Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to allow same-sex weddings in church

<a href="http://www.religionnews.com/2014/06/19/presbyterians-vote-allow-gay-marriage/ ">This is a big deal: By a 76-24 percent vote, the General Assembly of the 1.8 million-member PCUSA voted to allow pastors to perform...

Some churches encouraging members to get bodies right with God, too

There is a lot of talk these days about fitness as religion. But this Los Angeles Times story isn't about the <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/30/inside-the-cult-of-crossfit.html ">Cult of CrossFit....

Australia gets floating Christ the Redeemer

<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RVb2AL-bZzE " width="480"> Everyone has World Cup fever…

The real origins of the Religious Right? Scholar claims it was segregation, not abortion

In a surprising and discomforting article for <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133.html#.U48ZPZRdW3D ">Politico, Darthmouth professor Randall Balmer argues that history is clear: the Religious Right wasn't formed to...

Snake-handling preacher gets bit; prays instead of seeking medical attention

This story of a snake-handling preacher made my brain hurt: Cody Coots tells the Lexington Herald-Leader he was bitten on a finger as he removed...

Pope Francis prays at that other wall in Israel

There is a famous picture of Pope <a href="https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/jp.html ">John Paul II visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem. There's one of Pope <a href="http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/090508/GAL-09May08-2002/media/PHO-09May08-161652.jpg ">Benedict XVI...

County board denies opening prayer requests from followers of “pre-Christian deities”

Regardless of the limits on what can consitutionally be said during prayers before government meetings, it's pretty well settled that the government cannot discriminate...

Rialto students to visit Museum of Tolerance, hear from Holocaust survivors

I <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/rialto_schools_horrible_debate_over_whether_holocaust_happened ">can't say I didn't see this response to the Rialto school district's terrible decision to assign to student's an essay debating whether...

Rialto school’s horrible “debate” over whether Holocaust happened

Oh, Rialto. The working-class city where I started my journalism career sits smack in the middle of the Inland Empire, forever wishing it could be...

Supreme Court OKs sectarian municipal prayers. Basically.

Well, <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/05/opinion-analysis-prayers-get-a-new-blessing/ ">this comes as a surprise: Stopping just short of abandoning a historic barrier to religion in government activity, a deeply divided Supreme Court...

Donald Sterling is a blight on more than just Jewish basketball history

The most unfortunate Jewish newsmaker since <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/bernard_madoff_enemy_of_the_jewish_people_20090313/ ">Bernie Madoff might be Donald Sterling. Basketball fans have long known that Sterling, who has owned the Clippers since...

Congressional candidate offers Texas’ Gulf Coast for “New Israel”

<a href="http://www.jta.org/2014/04/25/news-opinion/the-telegraph/congressional-candidates-two-state-solution-a-new-israel-in-texas ">Not a joke, but also not something to be taken seriously: Congressional candidate Allan Levene is proposing to cut the Gordian Knot of Middle...

Different constitutional challenge to Pledge’s “Under God”—same result?

A Humanist family in N.J. has filed a lawsuit to prevent its child's school from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. You've heard...

“That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.”

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, in Davidson, N.C., has installed a most unusual statue of Jesus. There Jesus is, in the middle of a well-to-do...

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of NM photographer who refused to shoot gay ceremony

Surprisingly, the U.S. <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/040714zor_21p3.pdf ">Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a New Mexico photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex ceremony....

Catholic archbishop of Atlanta agrees to sell newly built $2.2-million home

Tough to believe it took this long, via the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/atlanta-archbishop-expected-decide-mansion ">AP: Trying to appease angry parishioners, the archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he...

World Vision’s about-face: Won’t recognize employees’ same-sex marriages after all

Today the Christian relief organization World Vision announced that it was <a href="http://www.religionnews.com/2014/03/26/world-vision-reverses-decision-sex-marriage-mistake/ ">reversing its decision, made <a href="http://www.religionnews.com/2014/03/24/world-vision-recognize-employees-sex-marriages/ ">only two days ago, to recognize employees'...

Did Westboro Baptist excommunicate Fred Phelps for being too kind?

I would have preferred to not be <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/having_left_westboro_baptist_phelps_roper_daughters_on_incredible_journey ">writing about Westboro Baptist Church again so soon. But Fred Phelps, the founder of the everyone-else's-going-to-hell...

Mark Driscoll’s latest publishing scandal*

There is a famous -- and, in many Christian quarters, infamous -- pastor in the Seattle area by the name of Mark Driscoll. The...

Having left Westboro Baptist, Phelps-Roper daughters on “incredible” journey

You've probably heard me talk about Westboro Baptist Church before. From <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/westboro_baptist_protests_another_church_20110618 ">funeral protests to <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/i_get_anti-semitic_email_the_westboro_baptist_files_20091024 ">anti-Semitic email to saying a white supremacist who...

Amish quilters upset that pattern protected by copyright

There's a fascinating story from <a href="http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/quilt-wars-getting-muddy/article_a61d6ac2-9292-11e3-960c-001a4bcf6878.html ">LancasterOnline about copyright law and quilting among Mennonites in Pennsylvannia's Amish Country: From now on, Light in the Valley, a quilt...

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