Faith at Altitude

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Faithful Newsmakers

The Associated Press is asking journalists to vote for the most important stories in 2006. Of AP's 43 suggestions, several have some pretty obvious religious themes or undertones, including:

"Widespread Muslim protests, violence sparked by Danish cartoon and papal speech,"
"South Dakota voters reject toughest-in-the-nation abortion ban,"
"Gunman attacks Amish school in Pennsylvania, kills five girls and himself,"
"South Africa becomes first African country to recognize same-sex marriage,"
"Female bishop becomes first woman to lead the Episcopal Church."

They also mentioned something about a guy named Ted Haggard and a male prostitute, whatever that's about.

Hey, we may live in a secular age, but religion is a massive motivational force in this curious world of ours. As a religion writer, I'm biased, but most stories on the list -- from the African AIDS crisis to mounting concern over global warming -- have a religious hook to them. Heck, even the fact that the one-time planet Pluto lost its planetary status has a tentative religious spin. I can see the headlines now: "Roman God of Underworld Booted from Solar System."


Anonymous Zen said...

I don't think there is any story more important than the breaking of the Neoconservative back in the fall elections, and it too has significant religious overtones. You can talk about God all you want, but if your actions speak of the devil, you will get called out.

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