Posted by: Sophia Catherine | November 27, 2012

Ep 9 – Religious News Special

It’s Episode 9, and have you heard the news?  Jesus may have had a wife (but probably didn’t), religion may be declining in America (but probably isn’t), the Church of England is confused, the Pagans aren’t religious enough, and the atheists are stealing Christmas (and preaching on the streets). And you thought religion was irrelevant to modern society. Enjoy our catch-up on the religious news from the last few months, and then go and have a very merry Yule or Other Religious or Secular Holiday Of Your Choice.

News Links:

Religious Decline in the USA?

http://irritually.org/2012/10/11/belonging-to-a-religion-without-being-religious/
http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/6493/does_record_number_of_religious_%22nones%22_mean_decline_of_religiosity
http://ideas.time.com/2012/10/12/empty-pews-everyone-is-misreading-the-new-numbers-of-religiously-unaffiliated/?iid=op-main-lede

The Druid Network and the national Interfaith Network

http://druidnetwork.org/en/charitable
http://druidnetwork.org/en/node/1000603
http://lornasmithers.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/druidry-in-changing-times-the-druid-network-conference-2012/
http://www.interfaith.org.uk/members.htm

Atheist Street Preaching

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/10/22/an-atheist-tries-his-hand-at-street-preaching/

First Hindu elected to US Congress

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/02/tulsi-gabbard-hawaii-democrat-hindu-in-congress_n_2062358.html

Blasphemy and Religious Censorship

http://transitions.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/19/yes_i_m_a_blasphemer_get_over_it
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/pakistan-blasphemy-case_n_2162850.html?ref=topbar
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/28/pussy-riot-russia-church-state
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/05/amnesty-vladimir-putin-pussy-riot

Hajj Pilgrimage and Developments in Mecca and Medina

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2007/dec/17/religion.world?INTCMP=SRCH#/?picture=331576437&index=0
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/oct/23/mecca-architecture-hajj1
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/medina-saudis-take-a-bulldozer-to-islams-history-8228795.html

Rachel Held Evans and ‘Vaginagate’

http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/sexandgender/6529/the_real_reason_for_%E2%80%9Cvagina-gate%E2%80%9D/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christian-piatt/vaginagate-why-it-matters_b_1981623.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/biblical-womanhood-faq

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/oct/16/gospel-jesus-wife-modern-fake-typo?CMP=twt_fd
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/21/gospel-jesus-wife-forgery
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/19/jesus-wife-ancient-script-harvard

Occupy and St Paul’s Cathedral

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17195007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/14/st-pauls-cathedral-protests-post-occupied?cat=commentisfree&type=article

New Archbishop of Canterbury

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9664319/Justin-Welby-The-worldly-capitalist-looking-to-spread-the-Word-of-the-Lord.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9668869/Justin-Welby-donate-winnings-from-Archbishop-of-Canterbury-bets-to-churches.html

Women Bishops (Or the Lack of Them)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20415689

Pagan Federation and Charitable Status

http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/13822/pagan_federation_takes_charitable_status_case_to_tribunal
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/rowena-mason/9654502/Churches-not-necessarily-for-public-good-says-charity-watchdog.html

Germany and Circumcision

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/85922/germany-approves-law-allowing-ritual-circumcision

Research on Religion and Ageing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/religion-may-help-retirees-stay-mentally-fit_b_1935797.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

Baroness Warsi Says UK Muslims Should Celebrate Christmas

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9671262/Baroness-Warsi-urges-Muslims-to-celebrate-Christmas.html

Pat Roberson: Atheists are Stealing Christmas

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/pat-robertson-miserable-atheists-trying-to-steal-christmas_n_2159844.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp0000000

No More Nativity Scenes in Palisades Park

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/santa-monica-nativity-display_n_2160326.html

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