Religion Dispatches: TV’s 9 Best Christmas (and 1 Festivus) Clips

Christmas is a time for television—at least it has been my whole life. Television is a cherished part of America's Christmas celebrations. A couple of weeks ago I confessed that everything I knew about Hanukkah I learned on TV. Now, with Christmas drawing near it is time to take a look at the odd genre of … Continue reading Religion Dispatches: TV’s 9 Best Christmas (and 1 Festivus) Clips

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Religion Dispatches: WikiLeaks Strikes the Vatican, a Camel in the Pews, and Luke Skywalker Tolerance

A Catholic nun with a gambling habit (no pun intended) pled not guilty to accusations that she embezzled over $850,000 from New York’s Iona College. She worked in the school’s finance office. In West Palm Beach, Florida, a camel fell into pews full of spectators during a church nativity play. No people or animals were injured, though … Continue reading Religion Dispatches: WikiLeaks Strikes the Vatican, a Camel in the Pews, and Luke Skywalker Tolerance

Things Sacred & Profane: New FRC study, Star Wars Nativity, and Evangelical Environmentalism

- The conservative Family Research Council is jumping into the indices game. It's soon to be released Index of Family Belonging and Rejection is an attempt to measure the health of families in our society. The study defines an 'intact family' as one where “a child’s birth mother and biological father (were) legally married to … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: New FRC study, Star Wars Nativity, and Evangelical Environmentalism

Religion Dispatches: Julian Assange Nativity, Castro’s Hanukkah, & a Burger Blessing

Jesus will return on May 21, according to a billboard in Omaha. He really can’t get here before tax day? The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights sent nativity scenes to all 50 state governors. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is represented in nativity scenes in Naples, Italy. A Dallas, Texas megachurch pastor is compiling a list of business that … Continue reading Religion Dispatches: Julian Assange Nativity, Castro’s Hanukkah, & a Burger Blessing