Friday's News & Ideas

  • Miss. religious practices bill
  • Gays & Africa
  • Church now a disco roller rink
  • Noah & Scripture
  • Easter egg hunt ad controversy
  • Catholic? Buddhist? None.

Miss. governor signs religious practices billAssociated Press: Governor signs a bill that supporters say will assure practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

'Who am I to judge': Will the Pope condemn homophobia in Uganda?The Atlantic: The country's leaders are invoking Africa's most prominent saints in their campaign against homosexuality.The (London) Guardian: African Christians will be killed if C of E accepts gay marriage, says Justin Welby

Old Sacred Heart Church site now a roller-skating sanctuarySan Franciso Chronicle: Under the glow of the Virgin Mary etched in stained glass, skaters in furry, flashy regalia swoop and glide to the joyous beat of 1970s dance tunes.

Noah: A theological reflectionCatholic World Report: Darren Aronofsky's controversial film is sometimes divisive and divided, but is also deeply serious about Scripture and essential questions.The (London) Guardian: Arkaeology: the real meaning of the Noah story

Muslim parents upset over school flyer promoting church's Easter egg huntDetroit Free Press: Muslim parents are concerned about Dearborn public schools handing out flyers advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

The Spark

What religion am I? Call me 'None.'Hoai-Tran Bui should be forgiven if her childhood idea of heaven was a little warped, given that she was raised by a Catholic mom and a Buddhist dad, who immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in the mid-to-late 1970s. But despite her exposure to two faith traditions, she doesn't feel the need for either, she writes at the Washington Post: "I'm 'None.'"

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