I heart the Menorahment

I was flying from Chicago to Washington for Thanksgiving last week when out of the corner of my eye I detected, on a page of SkyMall being flipped through in the next seat over, a photo of a Christmas  tree topped by a Star of David. Talk about your revelations!

RNS photo by Omar Sacirbey

Bosnian Muslims thrive in U.S. despite unease over homeland

BOSTON (RNS) Despite their relatively short time in America and the traumas of war, Bosnian Muslims are thriving in American society. Success, however, hasn’t diminished the sense of injustice that many feel over how the bloody war ended, or concerns that their trials could be too easily forgotten. By Omar Sacirbey.

Shopping for Jesus

Am I giving to charity via these glossy catalogs of chickens and goats, or am I just satisfying an insatiable need to shop?

COMMENTARY: Thanksgiving every day

(RNS) In the afterglow, I give thanks for Thanksgiving Day. It might be our most spiritual holiday. We did nothing remarkable, and yet we sampled the cornucopia that makes life matter: love, patience, giving to others. By Tom Ehrich.

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: “Two and a Half Hypocrisy”? Pope Benedict = Marlboro Man? Charity up, abortions down

“Two and a Half Hypocrisy”? Today’s leading religious debate focuses on comments by Angus T. Jones, teen star of the hit comedy “Two and a Half Men,” and a passionate Christian who now denounces the show as “filth” and says people should stop watching. “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” Jones says in a video released by a California church. “I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.”

Critics note that Jones will still be making a sweet $340,000 per episode – he says he has no choice, it’s in his contract.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why we have to take the Saudis’ interfaith offer seriously

(RNS) What makes the King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue so special is not just that it has been established by three governments and that it has a multifaith board. Rather, it is the fact that this initiative has come from the very heart of the Muslim world — from the custodian of the two holiest shrines of Islam. By Rabbi David Rosen.