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Dec. 30 2009 - 10:44 am | 33 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

The top religion stories of the year

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There’s a lot of  end-of-the-year lists streaming out right about now, including those that involve religion. U.S. News and World Report just released its top religion and politics stories of the year, among those listed is Rick Warren’s invocation at President Obama’s inauguration.

Amy Sullivan over at Time has her own religion list. Those that made the cut?

1. The Catholic Church and its invitation to conservative Episcopalians.

2. Obama’s expansion of Bush’s Faith-Based Office.

3. The controversy over pro-choice Obama speaking at the University of Notre Dame. ( I went to Notre Dame, and was pretty surprised by the controversy.)

4. And the heart-breaking story of a couple’s faith healing turned fatal. When Dale and Leilani Neumann’s daughter became ill, the couple prayed over her but did little else, including taking her to the doctor. Kara died in March of 2008. The couple was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide, and sentenced to six months in jail…

The Religion Newswriters Association lists President Obama’s speech in Cairo, where he pledged a new beginning in U.S./Muslim relations, as its top religion story of the year. Number two is health-care reform and the role religious anti-abortion advocates, particularly the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, played in the debate.

Other newsmakers:

– The Ft. Hood Tragedy, where Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of shooting and killing 13 people.

– The murder of abortion doctor George Tiller.

– Life after Prop. 8. Mormons come under attack, some states — Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire — approve gay marriage.

– The Episcopal Church moves to elect gay bishops.


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