"As the New Year dawned, there was a surge of religious violence around the world - largely Muslim on Christian. Blood was spilled in Nigeria, Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan. Being Jewish however, doesn't keep me from losing sleep about these terrible events. The real question is what, if anything can be done to turn the tide against religious violence...."
"...Among the most interesting findings in Exline's study are the place of anger at God in the lives of self-declared atheists, and also the compatibility of simultaneous anger and positive feelings about God..."
"...I would not necessarily agree with the religion writers of America who have declared that Park 51, also known as the Ground Zero Mosque, was the biggest religion story of the year..."
"…it’s always a choice for people observing a religious holiday to decide whether that observance will open them up to others or simply be an opportunity to segregate themselves...."
"The announcement of a talk about Jewish sexual mores, to be given by Rabbi Yona Reiss of Yeshiva University, provoked an interesting exchange in which I participated. It dealt with issues of Homosexuality, which one recipient of an invitation to the talk immediately raised as an important issue for such a talk to address..."
"..‘These studies give truth to the wisdom of Judaism that we are not supposed to count Jews,’ [Rabbi Irwin] Kula added. ‘Rather than counting Jews we would be better off investing in creating and communicating Jewish wisdom and practice that helps make people count.’..."
"Pastor Terry Jones, the Florida-based minister who planned a public Koran burning gets my vote for the most influential American religious figure of 2010. Why? Because he showed us the limits of our fear and rage, or at least the limits of their expression..."
"...I oppose the death penalty on both humanitarian and spiritual grounds. But I freely admit that when any religious leader makes a statement like that, I get nervous..."
"What does it really mean for your Hebrew National hot dog to ‘answer to a higher authority?’For years, it’s meant a kosher certification that ensured Jewish (and non-Jewish) consumers were buying a product that met strict religious standards for slaughter and preparation that went beyond government requirements. Now a controversial Jewish movement believes kosher food must meet an even higher ethical ideal — and they’re rolling out a stamp of approval to make it official...."
"After affixing his signature to the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy which barred openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military, President Obama admitted that he still opposes same-sex marriages..."