Monthly archive April, 2005

F.O.R. (Friend of Ratzinger)

26 April 2005 “God becoming man! I can only laugh at the arrogance of men — males –to shrink God into a creature so small.” Just another “radical feminist”? Not exactly. Read more from Pope Benedict’s long-time intellectual comrade, Uta Ranke-Heinemann, at one of our favorite religion magazines, SOMA.

Beitar Illit Athletic Foundation

More Jack Abramoff fallout: The Republican “superlobbyist” who keeps popping up in unfortunate poses ever since Tom DeLay’s fundraising activities came to light takes another blow with the revelations in a Newsweek report that he’d redirected donations made by Native Americans for inner city youth to help the ultra-Orthodox Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit purchase...

Trinity Students Return

Minority students at Trinity International University in Illinois returned to classes on Monday, a week after 43 of the evangelical college’s black and Latino students were evacuated to a hotel in response to threatening racist letters sent through the campus mail. Last week, after three students — two black and one Latino — received letters...

Everybody Plays the Fool

Could it be, Hillary Clinton, not meaning what she said? Attempting to crassly manipulate voters with lukewarm appeals to both sides of an issue in the hopes she won’t be held to promises made to either one? We’ve been cheated on by Hillary too, so we’re almost sympathetic to the wounded cries of the freshly-dumped...

Justice Revisited

Kate Hawley: Two days after "Justice Sunday," the reviews are in: the Church telecast starring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) that sought to end the use of a filibuster to block judicial nominees was, "a big mistake," "misbegotten," fully ideological, largely partisan," "shameful," "a distressing new low," a "grotesque religio-political circus," and finally, "almost...

ADL

A new nationwide survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League has found that 14% of adult Americans hold hard-core anti-Semitic beliefs, especially on the old standby topics: Jews’ loyalty to the country, the death of Jesus, and power. The new poll indicates a slight rise (2%) in overall anti-Semitism since the ADL’s last survey in 2002,...

Radio On

Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet discusses his cover story from the May issue of Harper’s, “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch,” tonight at 9:22 pm est with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder on Air America’s “The Majority Report.”

White-Hot Brother Love

25 April 2005 The Revealer‘s Jeff Sharlet on using sex as a weapon, at Nerve: “Take, for example, God’s Gift to Women (the title of a manliness guide for young men), male ‘headship’ of the American family. Women can’t get enough of good headship, but a man must be careful; a woman’s hunger for his headship may lead him to...

The Iwo Jima Option

While Bill Frist’s video appearance on yesterday’s “Justice Sunday” telecast is earning him rebukes aplenty, he does have one solid friend in Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who writes a plaintiff op-ed for The Courier-Journal, wondering why Democrats are allowed to have a monopoly on religious language and are seen to be “reaching out” when they...

Passover Gorillas

Gorillas in Israel kept kosher this Passover: with zookeepers and handlers unable to handle leavened bread, the gorillas and other animals also ate matzo instead of their normal morning meal of bread with cream cheese. “‘We call this environmental enrichment,’” said Tel Aviv’s zoo curator, Emelia Turkel, “‘Jewish style.’”

Leather God

“‘The flogger, with each lash of the whip,’” says Master Skip, a man of God and leather, “‘has one message: now, now, now, now.’” For Skip Chasey, a Christian leatherman, such immediacy lifts one from worldly distraction and into communion with God, whom he defines as “everything you can’t say.” More lived religion in Nerve‘s excellent ongoing “Moral...

Who You Callin’ Christian?

Mainline Protestants fight back: NYT ”conservative beat” reporter David D. Kirkpatrick, with Sheryl Gay Stolberg, bring us signs of a liberal Christianity gearing up for battle, as representatives challenge Senator Bill Frist for his planned participation in an upcoming Christian right event designed to denigrate Democrats as against “people of faith.” Frist is a member of the Presbyterian Church of...