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Blogosphere roundup


I haven’t done one of these in a while. And some bloggers have been writing very, very good posts. So it’s high time, I guess. Here’s Lynn on so-called “messianic Judaism”: We Jews have been fighting this battle for nigh on two thousand years. Christians have been trying to explain to us where and how […]

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Ten Commandments


I was watching an old repeat of the West Wing the other day, from back when the show was good. And I couldn’t help but think of it when I saw this news item: A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that putting framed copies of the Ten Commandments in county courthouses violated church-state […]

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Martin scrambles for a compromise


Terrified by yesterday’s departure of Pat O’Brien from the Liberal fold, Paul Martin has agreed to amend bill C-38 on same-sex marriage before passing it, to appease some members of his party: They include: Stronger guarantees that Charter rights will not override religious freedoms Justices of the Peace who do not want to perform civil […]

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Where were Newsweek’s fact-checkers on this story? Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article. Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed […]

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No more religion in Quebec schools


Since the elimination of denominational schoolboards in Quebec in 1997 in favour of linguistic ones, Roman Catholic and Protestant instruction in public schools has been on the decline. Already, such instruction was optional; students not participating could take a Moral Education class instead. This was seen as a fair compromise on a sensitive issue, though […]

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New Pope elected


Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI. I don’t really feel qualified to comment on the leadership of another religion. The media reports make him sound like a conservative hard-liner – but then again, he is the Pope. However, I can’t imagine I’m the only Jewish person out there to be feeling a […]

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The Pope is dead


According to Vatican spokespeople, it’s official: Pope John Paul II has passed away.

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More pointless quizzes


According to this religion quiz, seems all those years I spent thinking I was Jewish were wrong. I shall join the ranks of Lisa Simpson because I believe I’m actually Buddhist: You scored as Buddhist. Buddhist 80% Jewish 55% Anarchist 55% Christian 45% Cult 45% Catholic 30% At least all those years of Hebrew school […]

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Wisconsin school district teaching creationism


A school district in Wisconsin will teach creationism in classes, claiming that it’s just as valid a theory as evolution: Members of Grantsburg’s school board believed that a state law governing the teaching of evolution was too restrictive. The science curriculum “should not be totally inclusive of just one scientific theory,” said Joni Burgin, superintendent […]

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More court rulings


Religious Jews will be allowed to build succahs, according to the Supreme Court of Canada, who ruled against their condo association that was trying to limit them from doing so: In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the state can’t regulate personal religious beliefs. “A claimant need not show some sort of objective religious obligation, […]

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