Friday News Roundup: Link Love

istock_000003001750xsmallWeek after week I bring you news stories from largely traditional news sources – Pew, the Washington Post, the New York Times – but there’s a whole ‘nother world of news out there, a world that’s particularly close to my heart as a web geek: blogs.

This week, I thought I’d send a little link love out to some other blogs that consistently have interesting takes on what’s going on in the world.  Another voice, another perspective, a new way of thinking about what “news” is.  These blogs are some that I turn to again and again for fresh takes and good writing.

Anyone who spends any time in the blogosphere knows Daily Kos, whether you read it or not. If you do read it, you might not always agree with it, but there’s no denying that it generates interesting conversation.  This week, they reported on an ACLU statement about ways that anti-terrorism laws are impacting American Muslims’ ability to give zakat, or charity (one of the Five Pillars of Islam), how they choose.  In Good Faith, a blog on the Baltimore Sun site, reports on same.

Religion Dispatches is one of my all-time favorites.  Not only is the writing great, but they always hit on fascinating topics that would never have occurred to me otherwise.  Like one of this week’s posts:  Sacred Texting: When Religious Writs Get Wired.  Text-messaged scriptural passages?  A virtual Western Wall in the super-popular game Second Life?  Yeah, it’s in there.  Another of their authors writes a thought-provoking piece on refusing medical treatment for children on religious grounds: When Medicine and Religion Conflict Around Children: The Case of Daniel Hauser.

Religious Clause is written by a law professor from the University of Toledo, and always has the nitty gritty on religiously discrimination and First Amendment cases.  He posts this week on a Youngstown, Ohio city prosecutor suing for religious discrimination.  The Langar Hall, a blog for all things Sikh, posts on another discrimination case – New York City MTA workers fighting against having to pin MTA insigia to their turbans.

Marc Gopin, one of our Religion and Conflict Resolution Program Advisory Council members, writes a frequently updated blog pulling from all over the realm of conflict resolution at  This week, among other things, he re-posts a message from Eliyahu McLean, a Jerusalem-based peace worker and friend of Tanenbaum.

If nothing else, I strongly suggest you pay a visit to Marc Gopin and Religion Dispatches, and look forward to more words from the blogosphere sprinkled into the “regular” news.