Monthly archive March, 2007

Bono For Sale

From Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine, we learn that Bono has a new book coming from the conservative W Publishing Group. It's 64 pages, Bono's snapshots of Africa ("Africa is sexy" he informs us) interspersed with the text of his 2006 address to the National Prayer Breakfast. From both lefty CounterPunch and not-so-lefty Advertising...

A Marriage Made in Heaven?

Peter Manseau: One evening just before Christmas, in a modest, two-bedroom apartment on 16th Street in Northwest Washington, the most controversial clergyman in the recent history of the Roman Catholic Church took a moment to sing me a song...

Amongst White Clouds

Friday, March 9: The Center for Religion and Media presents a New York screening and discussion of Amongst White Clouds, a journey into the hidden tradition of China

Follow the Golf Ball

If you can’t follow the money, take a tour of the real estate. That’s what Joe Feuerherd did when the Roman Catholic archiocese of Detroit stonewalled his requests for more information about the investors who made its new luxury hotel — complete with a golf course named for the gospels — possible when the Church...

He Shall Rise Again! (Or Not.)

Not sure if I'm alluding to the South or Jesus there, or if there's really a difference, but anyway, what I'm really talking about is the pulp myth known as Captain America, shot down dead on the courthouse steps as he prepared to fight for civil liberties, the boring legal way. As American resurrection myths...

Cannibals and Heretics

Global warming causes cannibalism in polar bears, say scientists. Things are heating up at the National Association of Evangelicals, too, and Christian conservatives are getting hungry for their own.The New York Times noted on Saturday, a mini-purge is being attempted in evangelicaldom, with prominati such as James Dobson, Gary Bauer, the Family Research Council's...

Heebie-Jeebies!

Steve Beeber, author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, asks: Was punk good for the Jews?

Leave Ted Haggard Alone

Sharlet: The NYT reports today on more trouble for Ted Haggard's Colorado Springs New Life megachurch, forced to lay off staff following a decline in giving in response to Haggard's meth-fueled gay sex scandal. The Times' report is a weak little story, suggesting a straightfoward connection between the decline and Haggard's fall. That's no doubt...

Religion As Race

Perhaps American anxieties over the possibility of a black president are being played out not through discussion of race, but religion. First there was the media myth that Obama was a Muslim because his father was, the “responsible” version of which maintained only that Obama had attended a madrassah — simply an Islamic school. This...

Does Obama Hate Yiddish?

Four questions about today’s report on growing tensions over Obama’s disinvitation of his pastor from his presidential announcement. 1. Why did Ben Wallace-Wells’ superb and exciting description of said pastor in Rolling Stone freak out Obama’s people, as reported by The NYT? 2. Is it Pastor Wright’s black power, mainstream enough for Oprah, that’s the...

Whose Bones?

Jesus’ bones? Whatever. Peter Manseau is talking about your bones and the mysteries of faith on the Long Island Expressway.

Jewish Encounters With the Christian Right

Sharlet: I'll be joining four other Jewish journalists for a panel discussion, "Jewish Encounters With the Christian Right," sponsored by Makor and the 92nd St. Y., on Wed., March 14, a 7 pm.