Monthly archive March, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson Is Not Dead

In a story that sounds like a schizophrenic explosion of multiple American dreams, a West Virginia man dressed as a combination frontiersman/Indian/army commando was arrested outside of St. Louis with a carload of guns and ammunition, various drugs and a duffle bag full of Bibles. The “old-time pioneer,” as he’s being described, John Hill, told...

Party Like It's 2006

End-Times Update (U.S. only): After analyzing and interpreting various Koranic verses, Palestinian scholar Ziad Silwadi has published a study currently circulating in many Muslim countries that claims the United States will “cease to exist” sometime in 2007, when Allah will send a tsunami larger than last December’s as retribution for America’s sins against mankind, notably...

Do-Good Journalism: 100% Conclusion-Free

Five months after the news fad of God Gap articles that contrasted blue- and red-state households, and all the earnest, post-election attempts to understand evangelical America, The Boston Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie has found a Christian Family from the Heartland to profile at length. Though the article discusses them for nearly 2,500 words, the Wilkersons don’t...

Eye for an Eye

Focus on the Family gears up for James Dobson’s appearance on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country tonight, where the good doctor will discuss Terri Schiavo and “judicial activism,” with a statement in today’s New York Times that disparages the entire judicial branch of the United States as being “‘nearly bereft of any moral foundation.'” Tom Minnery, FotF...

Status Quo’d by The Da Vinci Code

In spirit of the holiday, Maureen Dowd tries to find common ground between Da Vinci author Dan Brown and Da Vinci judge Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who recently led the Vatican’s counter-attack, declaring Brown’s book full of lies and a throwback to 19th Century anti-clerical pamphlets. Dowd doesn’t see what the big deal is, when, after all, any suspect feminist fire in Brown’s book...

It’s No Piss-Christ

A Moscow art exhibit entitled “Beware of Religion” has been deemed “insulting” and “overtly provocative” by a district court, which today fined two museum staff members for “actions tantamount to fanning ethnic and religious strife.” In January, the exhibit led to a minor religious riot, with a group of Russian Orthodoxes routing the museum and...

Spring Break Eternal

What does Campus Crusader Becca Johnson hear on the beach in Florida this spring break? Not waves or partying or even the solicitations of Girls Gone Wild filmcrews; Johnson hears the yearning of sunbathers to listen to the Good News. “‘They’re willing to listen to me, about my relationship with Christ, because they see that...

Status Quo'd by The Da Vinci Code

In spirit of the holiday, Maureen Dowd tries to find common ground between Da Vinci author Dan Brown and Da Vinci judge Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who recently led the Vatican’s counter-attack, declaring Brown’s book full of lies and a throwback to 19th Century anti-clerical pamphlets. Dowd doesn’t see what the big deal is, when, after...

Columbia Wars

New York Magazine’s Jennifer Senior speaks to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer on the controversy at Columbia University’s Middle East Studies Department. Listen now.

It's No Piss-Christ

A Moscow art exhibit entitled “Beware of Religion” has been deemed “insulting” and “overtly provocative” by a district court, which today fined two museum staff members for “actions tantamount to fanning ethnic and religious strife.” In January, the exhibit led to a minor religious riot, with a group of Russian Orthodoxes routing the museum and...

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

There is no shortage of foolish rhetoric clamoring for the attention of poor Terri Schiavo, from both the self-declared “culture of life” and the smeared “culture of death.” The mystery here is why the press is so unable, or unwilling, to distinguish the grandstanders and the crusaders from those with actual, relevant comments. We hope,...

Easter Shroud Debunking

An Idaho English teacher, Nathan Wilson, has offered a theory on how the Shroud of Turin — Jesus’ supposed burial cloth — was faked, by using of paint, glass and linen to create a false “photo negative” image. Wilson, an evangelical Christian who professes his belief in the resurrection “‘without a doubt,'” wrote his theory...