Chapel survival * Exaggerating martyrs * A rabbi return: Wednesday’s religion news roundup

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The devastation has created mounds of rubbish. Photo by Pio Arce, courtesy World Vision

The devastation has created mounds of rubbish. Photo by Pio Arce, courtesy World Vision

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Survivors of the typhoon that hit the Philippines are filling up a hospital's chapel. A look at the actual numbers of martyrs. A rabbi returns $98,000 he found in a desk from Craigslist.

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  • John McGrath

    Christian and conservative sources get paid to push certain investments by dodgy companies that knowledgeable people avoid. It’s all about the preacher getting prosperous.

  • Kevan Scott

    Unfortunately, you are right Mr. Mcgrath! I wish you weren’t but if there’s money to be made by fleecing the flock then it’s time to get the shears out. The whole martyrs thing annoys me as well. Inflating the numbers to bolster your cause or to raise money does a great disservice to the real martyrs who do sacrifice their freedom and lives around the globe. But, like I said, if theres money to be made…

  • Kevan Scott

    Oh, do also want to say how much I appreciate Ms. Bailey’s writings and contributions here on these pages. You have a great staff of writers here. Keep up with the good reporting and work. Know that we appreciate it!

  • Cynthia Astle

    I’m surprised that no one else has picked up on how insulting it was for the TV station to liken Rabbi Noah Muroff to “the Good Samaritan.” The parable to which that name refers comes from the New Testament and was one of Jesus’s wisdom stories. I can’t imagine that a Jewish rabbi would feel comfortable having a Christian parable used in reference to his action when Judaism also clearly has moral laws about profiting from others (how about “Thou shall not steal”?).

    To add insult to injury, the TV reporters are even more biblically ignorant for not knowing — or at least researching — the fact that Samaritans and Jews were enemies during Jesus’ time. So they’re commending a Jewish rabbi by likening him to an enemy from the Jewish past? Shameful, sloppy “infotainment.”