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Drop that Candy Bar, Pagan!

…n Halloween into a “Christian gift-giving festival” and a time for evangelizing. And actually, in spite of the headline on this post, the Jesusween FAQ says it’s OK to give out candy along with gospel tracts or inexpensive Bibles. Just be sure to respond to “Trick or Treat” with “Jesus loves you.” The Hell House Experience. Plenty of evangelical churches create “Hell House” tours around Halloween, hoping to scare teens away from sex (especially ga…

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The Papal Prayer Machine

…tar. While some accounts, such as @request_prayers and its affiliated site www.prayerrequest.com, are crowdsourced, others have volunteer prayer teams standing by. @OurPrayer, the prayer request handle for Guideposts magazine, offers a description of its service that could serve as a script for heaven’s own automated telephone response system: “Your prayer concerns are important to us,” OurPrayer.org says, “and that’s why each and every prayer req…

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Pro-Gay Christians Breaking Out

…nd question: should therefore their loving relationships be legally recognized, and the conclusion I have reached is that they should.  In the video, Rudd also points out that he has been very open about his change of heart, which he says “was the product of some many many months and years of reflection, in good Christian conscience.” Indeed, Rudd described his journey in a long essay published in May, which approaches the marriage question both a…

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Jews and Christians for Santorum?

…aired in 2005, during which, like a good Jew, he compares gay people to Nazis: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Mass. Hysteria www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook According to the group’s press release, Gary Cass, a protege of the late D. James Kennedy and the founder of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, is also a member of Jews and Christians Together…

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Trick or….Bible: Christians Coping with Halloween

…vexed—relationship to Halloween. The movement began in 2002, and the organization’s website, www.jesusween.com, doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2012. But it’s still worth talking about, and not because it fits with the famililar “Ain’t those Evanglicals kooky?” meme. More recently, actor Kirk Cameron urged Evangelical families to approach Halloween, not quite as “Jesus Ween,” but along similar lines: You should have the biggest party on…

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Aasif Mandvi on Islamophobia, Acting, and the Long Shadow of Jon Stewart

…alled Disgraced, in 2012, at Lincoln Center, which ultimately won the Pulitzer Prize. I played the lead character, a Muslim American, who had renounced Islam and became very anti-Islam. The subject matter of that play made lots of Muslims very uncomfortable but I have to adhere to being a Creator, to being an artist, to being a writer, to being an actor. People don’t like to hear this, but my character on the Daily Show is a character. The way Min…

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Josh Duggar and the Purity Lie

…r than dating, which was derided as part of the “divorce culture:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npxjuh6UyT4 Tonight, Anna described her husband to People as “someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended.” This week, a recap of their television show on their blog discussed how Jim Bob and Michelle “encourage their kids to take a chaperone along on all their dates so they have someone to…

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Seattle ‘CultureMaker’ Nathan Marion: We Need New Abbeys in America to Foster Community, Arts

…o be there. A lot of times it’s pushed by financial need, and so they realize, “Gosh, we can’t even afford this building if we don’t do something with it.” So, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely sometimes a change agent. People realize, you know, we only have 20 people tithing nowadays, so we’ve got to figure out something. That makes them a lot more open-minded, and hopefully that can generate change and help everybody to see the possibi…

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The Sacred and the Dead: The Trouble with Sugar Magnolia

…me confess: I even wear Birkenstocks. Shannon. Deadshow, Deadhead. Dominquez Hills, 1990. Photo by ChasM3/https://www.flickr.com/photos/chasm3/ “Sugar Magnolia,” however, still presents a challenge. Written by Robert Hunter and the band’s rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, its lyrics would raise the hackles of even the mildest of feminists. The subject of the song not only takes the wheel for a stoned driver but “pays my ticket when I speed.” “She don’t c…

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