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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Our peculiar daily rituals

A cup of Tim Hortons coffee.

Global survey finds Canadians have particular peccadilloes

May 28, 2007 04:30 AM
David Graham
Living Reporter
Do you schedule sex? When do you shower, morning or night? And while we're in the bathroom anyway, at the risk of sounding impertinent, what do you read on the john?

Over nine months last year, global advertising and marketing company BBDO got up close and extremely personal with 5,000 people in 26 countries to create "The Ritual Master," an exhaustive compilation of all those minuscule, repeated details that add up to a day in our lives. continue reading

Monday, May 28, 2007

Vatican to restore office for dialogue with Islam - Faithwise Review of the Week

(Reuters) 27 May 2007
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican will restore the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, its main conduit for relations with the Muslim world, its secretary of state said on Sunday. continue reading

  • Proving God's Existence Scientifically
  • Accommodating Muslim Prayer Is Growing Issue Religion Clause
  • Alito Calls For Continued Religious Tolerance In U.S. Religion Clause
  • Canadian Court Rules No Religious Limits To Run For Catholic School Board Trustee Religion Clause
  • Schools Reject Religious Groups In Seeking Church-State Balance Religion Clause
  • North Carolina Court Rules Quran OK For Swearing-In Witnesses, Jurors Religion Clause
  • Cafeteria In Uganda's Parliament Will Eschew Pork Religion Clause
  • American Legion Works To Protect Religious Symbols On Memorials
  • WORTH REPEATING: On the frontiers of creationism, Toronto Star May 27, 2007
  • Point of View: Misguided by the stars, Theodore Dalrymple, Toronto Star, May 27, 2007,
    Theodore Dalrymple says entertainers like Rosie O'Donnell are the popes of our age, even when they are no better than dopes.
  • Islam documentary to air in Oregon, By JOHN DUNBAR -- Associated Press Writer, May 27, 2007
  • A Hindu's love for an ancient Sufi shrine
    By Gunjana Roy, Bhagalpur (Bihar), May 27: For eight long years, a 65-year-old Hindu man has been managing with care and devotion a Sufi shrine after Muslims hit hard by the 1989 communal violence gave it up.
    Suresh Bhagat, who has virtually deserted his family in the process, says he enjoys every minute he spends at the 300-year-old shrine of Bazid Dargah Pahalwan, a revered Muslim preacher, in Amapur village some 20 km away.
    The last of the Muslim families left the village in 1999, a decade after Bihar's worst communal riots killed hundreds and marked the end of Congress dominance over Bihar.
    Bhagat sleeps on an elevated platform supported by bamboo poles near the shrine, close to a cremation site on the bank of the Ganga, a river of great religious significance for Hindus. continue reading:
  • A simple Kashmir marriage the rich would envy
  • Why Western Art is Unique, and Why Muslim Immigration Threatens It
  • The Metaphysics of Diabetes, by Dr. Susan Corso
  • Muslims assimilate better in U.S. than Europe, poll finds International Herald Tribune, May 22, 2007
    WASHINGTON: A new poll of American Muslims reveals a group that is better assimilated, more content and less politically polarized than counterpart Muslim populations in Western Europe - but also smaller in number than some Muslim groups had estimated.
    For the survey, the Pew Research Center interviewed nearly 60,000 respondents - in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi or English - to find a representative sample of 1,050 respondents, for what appears to be one of the more rigorously complete looks at a population that is not well understood.
  • Rudeness Quiz: How Uncivil Are You?
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    The Faith of 'American Idol' - Faithwise Review of the Week

    [fuller version] Ian Benardo - American Idol: Wannabe Superstar

  • Top Ten Religious Moments on 'American Idol' Text by Lilit Marcus
    'American Idol' is the most popular show on TV--and also one of the most spiritual. Click through our gallery of the 10 most spiritual moments in 'Idol' history. [more comments and review at Beliefnet Blog]
  • 'American Idol': The Battle of the Right?
  • 'American Idol' and Our Culture of Lies,
  • Ice Age blast 'ravaged America' Monday, 21 May 2007, BBC News
    A controversial new idea suggests that a large space rock exploded over North America 13,000 years ago.
    The blast may have wiped out one of America's first Stone Age cultures as well as the continent's big mammals such as the mammoth and the mastodon.
  • Europeans admire 'Celtic Tiger' By James Helm, BBC Dublin correspondent, Monday, 21 May 2007
  • Scientologists and BBC clash, Syndicated from: GetReligion, on Mon, 05/21/2007
  • Wiccans Still Misunderstood Chattering Mind, May 18, 2007
  • Arab youth revel in pop revolution, By Sebastian Usher, Monday, 21 May 2007, BBC News media correspondent
  • What is behind Sikh protests? Jyotsna Singh, BBC News, Delhi Friday, 18 May 2007
  • Human Trafficking in My Neighborhood, Submitted by reido on Thu, 05/17/2007
  • Cultural bigotry rises as India sees social change, By Krittivas Mukherjee [see also a related story: Meet India's sensitive moral police!]
  • A blind eye to bigotry, Five years on, those behind the Gujarat anti-Muslim pogrom are still running the state, Mike Marqusee, Thursday March 1, 2007, The Guardian

  • Diplomacy via religion, By Kristen Chick, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, May 16, 2007
  • 300 World Leaders Call for Peace and Interfaith Respect on Eve of The Washington Times' 25th anniversary celebrations
  • What's wrong with praying in a library?

    posted by Blake on 08:55 AM March 16th, 2007, from the serpent-handling dept.

    In The Bakersfield Californian Marylee Shrider asks What's wrong with
    praying in a library?
    "Freedom of religious expression and equal access is a constitutional right of every American. So, unless the congregants of Hopkins' Faith Center Church are of a serpent-handling sect, have the volume turned up on their tambourines or are attempting to proselytize book-reading bystanders, it's not the business of Contra Costa County or even the 9th District Court of Appeals to determine when their "speech" crosses that invisible frontier into "service." [source: Librarian and Information Science News]

    Saturday, May 05, 2007

    The Souls of Superheroes - Faithwise Review of the Week

    Spider-Man 3 trailer:

    7 Minutes Of EXCLUSIVE Spider-Man 3 Scenes!!!

    "Spider-Man 3" is more than an action movie--it's full of religious and moral themes. How much do you know about Spider-Man's spirituality and the faith of other superheroes? continue reading @

    This just in: BrainPOP Adds “Arts & Music” `Spider-Man 3' nets record $59M in 1 day, By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer, Sat May 5, 2007

    Movie-goers pass a poster featuring Spiderman 3 at Jordan's IMAX theater in Reading, Mass., Friday May 4, 2007.  Tickets for Spiderman 3, which made its debut Friday, were completely sold out until Monday at the theater. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Islam goes digital
    Cairo - Egyptian residents, already summoned to prayers five times a day by a chorus of scratchy loudspeakers, are now clamouring for a new line of portable electronic devices to show their devotion to Islam. Digital Korans, automatic prayer reciters and headphones dispensing religious advice are all part of the growing wave of outward religiosity that is increasingly defining daily life in Egypt. continue reading

  • Egypt's faithful crave new Islamic gadgets
  • Digital Qur'an finds home in Cairo
  • Fatwa: Women and Men Touching in Pro-Wrestling
  • Too hot for prime time? Once again a pulled TV ad – this time for Chanel lipstick – has generated controversy over acceptable standards
    KEITH MCARTHUR, From Thursday's Globe and Mail, 19/04/07
    The agency that screens ads for Canada's private broadcasters is at the centre of controversy again over efforts to protect the public from advertising deemed too hot for TV. This time the controversy is over an ad for Chanel lipstick in which Swiss model and actress Julie Ordon — clad only in a sheet — rolls seductively in bed and asks her clothed male companion if he loves her lips. “There's absolute nudity in the spot.
  • Gere-Shetty kiss sparks Indian lawsuits Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:27 AM ET, The Associated Press

  • See also book discussion @ Google Video:
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  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part2
  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part3
  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part4

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