Magazine for Teens Introduces Religion Section

September 7, 2004

Source: Richmond Times

Wire Service: AP!flair&s=1045855936229

On September 7, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Faiza worships five times a day, while Rhianna is as likely to believe in God as in the Easter Bunny. Kristin prays too, but to the God and the Goddess. This teenage religion debate can be found on the pages of a magazine better known for explaining how to match lipstick to blush, not exploring the concept of a higher power. But under editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein, the girls' publication Seventeen has added a faith section that includes inspirational messages, personal stories of spiritual struggle and testimonials on such issues as prayer and gay teens who attend church. The content is serious. Verses from the New Testament are printed beside sayings from the Prophet Muhammad. The teachings of Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama are also featured. Rubenstein said she started the section not to spread a religious message but to provide a forum on an issue she believes is important to this generation of girls."

See also: Interfaith, Youth