Monthly archive October, 2006

Hot Topic

Greenfield: Islam continues to be a hot topic in England. Tony Blair backs Jack Straw in the “mark of separation” debate and culture minister David Lammy argues that Muslim extremists should be given a voice in the British press.

A New Media Darling?

Greenfield: Mother Jones recently published an article on eccentric preacher K.A. Paul and his meeting with House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Paul claims that during the meeting God convinced Hastert to resign over the Foley scandal — a claim that Hastert denies, but still has people talking. Those at Christianity Today wonder if Paul’s raised profile...

Reporting the Bigger Factor

Rhea Saran: The half-hour PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly program that airs on Saturday morning was fairly predictable in its contents on October 7th. First was an update on the Amish school shootings. And then, of course, was the Mark Foley scandal. The question is: why is a political sex scandal so high in the...

Y-Love Supreme

Jacob Dorman: They threw the third annual Jewzapalooza Sunday, September 17 at the scratch of grass where 72nd Street meets Riverside Park. When I arrived, around three, it was mainly parents with small children and the grandparent class. There were only a few hundred people there, lollygagging on a grass field that was...

Manseau to Pope: Thanks for the Peg!

Give a listen to a little commentarial jujitsu as The Revealer’s West Coast Editor Peter Manseau bends over backwards to turn the newly minted sainthood of a 19th century nun into a plug for his memoir, Vows. It’s actually less of a stretch than it seems, as Benedict XVI surely realized when he chose to...

Selling Coke to Muslims

Blaire Molitor:A recent Fox News report attempts to convince readers that Muslim-themed products mimicing icons of American popular culture are a growing trend in the Islamic world, but the reporter, Catherine Donaldson-Evans, fails to consider one relevant opinion -- that of the Muslims to whom these products are being sold.

Dawkins’ Child Rearing Advice

Christina Huh: To Richard Dawkins, the most dangerous people are not fundamentalists, but religious moderates who raise children to believe in only one God. In a Salon interview with Steve Paulson, Dawkins says that “to teach children that it is a fact that there is one god or that God created the world in six...

Divine Intervention

Greenfield: Think Progress has a link to a new kind of political ad. Created by Stop 42, a Colorado group opposed to a initiative that would increase the minimum wage annually in that state, it features Moses begging for divine intervention to stop the amendment from being written into the state constitution. God’s response: “When...

Apple Mecca

Greenfield: The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in NYC is a “blatant insult to Islam,” according to an unspecified Islamic web site.

Dismiss The Subverters "El Pronto"

Greenfield: Max Blumenthal’s most recent illuminating report in the Nation focuses on a conservative Christian solution to the Foley problem — fire all gay Republican staffers. Don Wildmon, founder and chariman of the American Family Association, is convinced that a secret clique of gay Congressional staffers covered up Foley’s misconduct. “I’m beginning to think that...

Jews Gone Wild

Greenfield: According to Jerusalem Post Op-Ed contributor and American Orthodox rabbi Shmuley Boteach, American yeshiva students in Israel for their year after high school are “behaving like out-of-control idiots — either hanging out for hours on end, like so many lost sheep, or running amok, booze in hand, like wild jackasses.” Shmuley is appalled, but...

Mabrouk to the Times

Bridget Purcell: Mabrouk to the New York Times, which ran two pieces yesterday providing a rare glimpse of an apolitical Islam.