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Eight stories of religion in public life, three of them sad:

On the suffering of Christians in Egypt, Silent Night, from Foreign Policy.

On Pentecostalism in Malawi, Angels and Demons, also from Foreign Policy.

On Charismatics in England, Pentecostalism Invades Lambeth Palace, from Peter Berger’s American Interest weblog.

On the directions Iraqi Muslims should pray, Karbala, Not Mecca, form Arutz Sheva.

On political idiots, Forget the Anti-Semites, from Tablet.

On God’s interest in Scottish independence, SNP Turns to God for Help, from The Spectator.

On the English Christmas, Auberon Waugh’s Christmas Sermon, also from The Spectator.

On the failures of the New Atheism (from an unbelieving perspective), New Atheism: Worshipping Nothing, from Spiked!

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