U.S. Religion by Number

Ashley Baxstrom:  Where would we be without the Huffington Post? NOT in the know about the most and least religious states in America, that’s where.

[Full reveal: HuffPo got it from Gallup. But who reads Gallup? Thanks, HuffPo!]

Here’s the breakdown: Mississippi is the most religious, New Hampshire and Vermont tie for least. Eight of the 10 most-religious are in the South, none are in the mid-Atlantic/New England or West Coast regions; but six of the least-religious are in New England, four in the West.

And before you ask –yes, there is an accompanying slideshow of scenic imagery from each state. Continue Reading →

Tough on Terrorism

Howard Fineman gets off on the new military brute, brain and brawn of Democrats:

“By calmly and meticulously overseeing the successful targeting of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama just proved himself — vividly, in almost Biblical terms — to be an effective commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States.” Continue Reading →

HuffPo Scripture

Paul Rauschenbush, religion editor at Huffington Post, announced a new series that will highlight scriptural commentary:

One of the most effective forms of prayer and meditation comes through reflection upon scripture — and while reading scripture on our own is edifying, it is even better to approach scripture together with a group to learn from the ways in which others understand the same passage. Likewise, it is enlightening to listen to or read the reflections of religious leaders who have thought about the deep meaning of a passage of scripture. To that end, Huffington Post Religion is starting a scripture commentary series that will bring together leading voices from different religious traditions to offer their wisdom on selected religious passages. Next month we will have Muslim commentaries for Ramadan, and in September Jewish commentaries for the High Holidays. This week we are starting with commentaries on the Gospel by Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Serene Jones, Dr. Emilie Townes, Sister Joan Chittister, and Rev. James Martin, S.J.

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