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Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation

…r documents in his book on Bright, the Washington for Jesus rally he organized with Gimenez in 1980 had a goal of being “a twelve-hour prayer rally, focusing on the need to restore God’s favor to the United States through repentance.” Sound familiar? The only religious right hot shot who didn’t show support for that one was Jerry Falwell, because, according to Turner, “he was hesitant to cooperate with charismatics and Pentecostals.” Later in his…

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Creationism Makes Its Mark

…ngers come up to her and say that they’re glad they came forward. She said Zachary, who turned fifteen on Dec. 17, is handling the pressure. But unlike in the Kitzmiller case, in which Sneath and 10 other parents sued the Dover school district, Jenifer Dennis still feels alone in her fight. She is looking forward to a resolution in the case. When she started this battle a year ago, she never envisioned it would still be going on through another Ch…

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Welcome to the Shari’ah Conspiracy Theory Industry

…example, that American Muslims don’t “unite as Americans” in times of war. Zuhdi Jasser, an Arizona physician whom conservatives frequently highlight as their example of a true “moderate” Muslim, and who will reportedly be a key witness for King, says in Gingrich’s movie, “if anyone wants to find a Muslim voice, you’re going to find that it appears monolithic.” He, like Gaffney, claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is enormously influential in the U…

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Phelps’ Vile Words Test First Amendment

…. While most readers are no doubt familiar with Phelps and his brand of crazy, the Citizen Media Law Project has a good overview of the case here, which is still worth reading and is guaranteed to infuriate anyone with a beating heart: The Westboro Baptist Church is a fundamentalist Christian church that contends that God kills soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and for the presence of gays in t…

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8 Great Hanukkah Clips from TV

…e Daily Show with Jon Stewart offers its best Hanukah moments: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – Best Hanukkah Moments Mash-up www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor The Daily Show on Facebook    …

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Rand Paul’s Buddhist Roots Uncovered

…Aqua-Buddha college pranks notwithstanding, Rand Paul embraces Buddhist notions of the interconnectedness of everything and the illusion of difference; “nothingness” is The Word. Thanks to my colleague Jon for sharing. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Nothingness www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive…

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Will God-Gaming Alter the Bible?

…owever, the promise of an online RPG complicates this comparison, as Civilization allows players to stay at something of a remove from the action, controlling resources and making decisions but not necessarily being directly drawn into the game as a character. The same is true of The Sims. The Bible Online, by contrast, presumably would allow you to play both with a god-like perspective and as biblical patriarchs (presumably lending a masculine ai…

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In 2012 Bishops Join Fight to Repackage Discrimination as ‘Religious Freedom’

…Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of faith-based organizations providing social services, particularly during tough economic times. In Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and most recently in Illinois, Catholic Charities has shut down its adoption services entirely rather face the mere possibility of placing children with same-sex couples. The contraceptive co-pay rule, as written, e…

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Looking at Death: Images of 9/11, Before, During, and After

…afraid of.  Before 9/11: Remembering our Visual Cultures of Death  Barbie Zelizer has investigated issues surrounding journalistic images of death better than anyone in recent years. From her books on photography and the Holocaust, to the JFK assassination, and on to 9/11, Zelizer has continually demonstrated the ways images affect a collective consciousness. Remembering to Forget, for example, shows how photography became the medium of collectiv…

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True or False: Less Religion Means Greater Diversity?

…Current Population Survey (CPS) Database, accessed Feb. 6, 2014 at http://www.census.gov/cps/. Population sums shown are in thousands.] What this means in raw numbers is that the 30% of Millennials who are religiously unaffiliated (15.86 million) are a somewhat smaller group than the 22% of GenXers (17.95 million) who are unaffiliated. Further, in terms of percentages, twice as many 18 to 29 year olds (31%) as 50-64 year olds (11%) is unaffiliate…

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