Monday’s Religion Roundup: Cyber Monday, Black Atheists, New Mass

Welcome toCyber Monday! Hey, it’s got to be safer thanBlack Friday: less chance ofpepper spray, Tasers, fisticuffs. At least in my house. Mostly. Diana Butler Basscautions we preachers and elitists from savoring the low-hanging fruit ofconsumer bashing:

“[T]he oddest thing about the folks in lines at those discount stores: They are mostly poor, working class, or marginally middle class. These are the very people who attend church regularly, express higher levels of belief in God, and are more likely to give a higher percentage of their income to those in need.”

The wealthy, on the other hand, don’t need discounts and tend to have personal shoppers.Rod nods. Either way, wespent $11.4 billionon Black Friday this year, the Biggest Shopping Day Ever. And that’s what the season is all about, right? Read full post here.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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