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  • It’s nice to be liked

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 13, 2007 | 10:40 am

    The God Blog got some unexpected praise this morning on the Times of London’s Faith Central blog—a place on Libby Purves’ guide to the 30 most influential religion blogs. Take a look and let me know which religion blogs you think are missing.

    Faith Central is part of the Timesreligion Web package, which is pretty impressive: two blogs, links to religion news features, op-eds and obits, and a map of religiosity in the U.S. It also has this righteous photo of the late Pope John Paul II.

  • Who is a half-Jew?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 13, 2007 | 4:07 am

    There is a really interesting story in today’s Jewish Journal about the growing number ofhalf-Jews” fighting for acceptance. Jewish denominations differ on conversion requirements and whether the Jewish lineage comes from the mother or father, but each agrees that there is no such... read on

  • Anti-Semitism in a familiar place: Poland

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 12, 2007 | 3:34 pm


    Last month, my colleague, Jane Ulman, reported on the rebirth of Jewish life in Poland, the place to where 60 percent of all Jews can trace their ancestry, the place where 90 percent of the country’s 3.3 million Jews had been murdered in little more than a year. Poland was making a... read on

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  • ‘Finding Religion on the Campaign Trail’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 12, 2007 | 3:21 pm

    The NY Times had another story yesterday about why presidential candidates should get religion.

    Some of the presidential candidates, eager to refresh their church-going, God-fearing credentials, have been talking a lot about religion and some are even showing up in church. Whether... read on

  • ‘Out of the closet’ goes out to the ballgame

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 12, 2007 | 2:14 am


    It’s not often my hometown of San Diego gets national media attention. But it is right now thanks to a “controversy” that arose Sunday night when Padres baseball team invited gays and lesbians to the park. San Diego Pride dubbed the event “Out at the Park,” and a few Christians... read on

  • Divas for Christ get the gear

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 12, 2007 | 1:21 am


    A friend forwarded me an e-mail announcing that Ask Deanna!, a gifted from above dedicated lifestyle of empowerment and motivation” channeled through an L.A.-based syndicated advice columnist, is launching a merchandise line Aug. 1.

    Ask Deanna! will sell tote bags, clothing and bumper stickers under a brand called Diva for Christ, because, as my friend noted, “nothing says ‘devout Christian’ like a lipstick kiss…”

    (Divas for JC are not to be confused with the Bratz, pictured.)

  • Neocons for Rudy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2007 | 9:13 am


    There are people who really like Norman Podhoretz. They’re called security hawks.

    Podhoretz is an intellectual leader of neoconservatism, the political ideology credited with getting the US into Iraq. Last month, he made the case in Commentary for a preemptive strike on Iran. Yesterday he signed on to be an adviser to presidential-hopeful Rudy Giuliani.

    Rudy is starting to look a bit like President Bush with the people he chooses to surround himself with. I wonder if he already has his plan of attack laid out.

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