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Pray Away the Gay; Abort the Retort

Prayers for Bobby "is a film designed to teach us a lesson about religious intolerance," writes Tanya Erzen, "but in doing so it reproduces the unspoken rules for rendering gay people sympathetic or likable to a television audience: they were 'born that way,' they never have sex, and, of course, they die tragically." We...

National Jewish Book Award

Sharlet: It's a treat to be able to announce that Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, by Revealer contributing editor Peter Manseau, is the winner of this year's National Jewish Book Award for fiction. You can hear Peter talk about his novel with NPR's Scott Simon here. You can read an excerpt from the...

Sarah Palin Goes Godless

SarahPAC.com, the website of Palin's new political action committee, is notable chiefly for what's missing from it -- any mention of God, religion, or "values." Political journalists will speculate that this absence is the result of calculation -- with the religious right already neatly tucked away, Palin can afford to direct her pitch exclusively...

Groundhog Day, Again

By Angela Zito Groundhog Day is upon us again. Having once discussed the film with Alex Kusczynski of the NYT, back in 2003, I am approached yearly by journalists who find this first interviw online for my

Updike at Rest

John Updike is dead; NYT responds with curiously brief AP obituary, featuring this even curiouser comment on sex and religion, describing Updike’s most famous character, Rabbit Angstrom: “a believer in God even as he bedded women other than his wife.” Good thing AP caught that contradiction, since, as we know, most believers in God are...

Inaugural Hope, Civil Religion

Most of the NYT‘s inaugural reporting hasn’t really been reporting at all. It’s the would-be scripture of civil religion, much taken with the glory of it all, of the world but not really in its mess and contradiction. An exception is Michael Powell’s “2 Churches, Black and White, See Inaugural Hope,” a lovely piece of...

Rick Warren vs. The IRS

Just how powerful is Rick Warren? Ask the IRS. When they tried to collect back taxes from the pastor, Warren used his mega-clout to campaign against them–and won. With the help of Congress, that is, which stepped in to preempt a court ruling on the Cold War law Warren appears to have twisted to his...

The Suffering of It All

By Jeff Sharlet

The ordinary history of Christianity

Scott Simon Sings Songs for the Butcher's Daughter

Revealer editor Peter Manseau talks to NPR’s Scott Simon about his new novel, Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Seattle Post-Intelligencer may soon be joining the Christian Science Monitor, the Madison Capital Times, and many other papers around the country in printless limbo, or worse.

Family Best

Sharlet: It's a New Year's treat to have my book, The Family, included on the top 10 list of 2008 books featured on "The Writer's Voice" ...

The Smart Set

Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch responds to the Religion Newswriters Association’s dull list of top ten list of 2008 religion stories with a smarter list of local Missouri stories he expects to be covering. It’s too heavy on leadership issues for our tastes, but it’s the right approach: All religion is local. Consider,...