Monthly archive March, 2006

Holy Ghost People

Ashley Michelle Makar: "When Aunt Judy almost died last week, I was watching people speak in tongues, in Peter Adair's 1967 documentary Holy Ghost People. Aunt Judy was being resuscitated in a north Alabama emergency room, her blood sugar sky high, while I was getting exhilarated, in a New York screening room, high on cinematic...

Hot Nude Celeb Pro-Life Action

Nude Britney Spears in hot pro-life action! Artist Daniel Edwards sculpts Brit birthing baby Sean Preston -- on a bearskin rug! Live sculpture in Williamsburg! Steamy pro-life lit lying about, courtesy of Manhattan Right to Life! Is it satire?!? Bad art, "enacting a most effective form of appropriation, one that actually invites the participation of...

Off the Island

Tanya Erzen dissects Focus on the Family’s nationally organized “grass roots” effort to make gay civil rights a matter for a yea or nay vote in the name of democracy — you know, the kind where you get to vote people off the island. (Tanya, now teaching at Ohio State, is a former member of...

America and Her Superfriend

Tony Judt, author of a useful new book on European politics since 1945 called Postwar, demolishes the so-called dean of Cold War studies, John Lewis Gaddis, and his new book, The Cold War: A New History. Gaddis, Judt notes, ignores the role of religion in Cold War conflicts. Unfortunately, so does Judt. But his take-down...

Professor Evil

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed debunks David Horowitz’ new book on the evils of academe, The Professors, and proves Pat Robertson is a fool — a task that’s the journalistic equivalent of passing Rocks for Jocks. But somebody had to do it, and we’re glad it was Scott, the most knowledgeable higher education journalist...

God’s Lovin’ It

Nicole Greenfield wonders why more Christians don't feel The McPassion.

Nazis Ahead

That the Jewish Forward pays more attention to what may be a neo-Nazi resurgence in Germany comes as no surprise. Mainstream media likes Nazi stories, too, but only as a sort of darker version of the perennial “Church of Elvis” story, with “disturbing” subbing in for “quirky” as the adjective in play. That’s too bad...

Clash of Civilizations Cliffs Notes (Bay Ridge Edition)

Nora Connor: At first, Andrea Elliott

They All Look the Same, Don't They?

WaPo‘s military correspondent Tom Ricks, according to George Will: “who, he wonders, will control the likes of Moqtada al-Sadr? Imagine, Ricks says, another cleric, the Rev. Al Sharpton, controlling the Bronx with a militia he can call into the streets at any time.” Indeed. And who, we wonder, will control the likes of Tom Ricks?...

Megachurch Nation, Colorado to Kiev

The best journalism on evangelicals in awhile comes not from a writer but from a French photographer named Johann Rousselot. Check out these photographs of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and then go to Rousselot’s main page to find an equally stunning series on New Life’s sister church in Kiev. What makes these photographs...

The Nice Debate

What is there to say about “Ministers of Debate,” Zev Chafets’ amiable NYT Mag profile of the debate team at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty U.? It’s mildly amusing. It helps undermine the “evangelicals are stupid” myth. It clues us into an odd little relationship between Bush and the Falwell wing of the GOP. Well, that’s nice....

Comic Religion

A visit to the comic book store reveals dueling impulses in pop culture religion: Atheist, in which our hero is a genius unbeliever doing battle with a host of demons he'll defeat through the power of rationalism; and American Virgin, in which our hero is chaste youth minister doing battle with televangelists and terrorists he'll...