Monthly archive April, 2007

The NYT Plays "Where's Sadr?"

Jeff Sharlet: The holes in Edward Wong's New York Times front-pager on a massive anti-U.S. occupation rally in Najaf are big enough to drive a bomb-laden truck through. The fact that nobody did so is one of them...

Rapture and Rose MacGowan

Sharlet: Bob Garfield and I discuss jihadi rhetoric, mole tactics, naked Rose MacGowan, and how it all relates to Ron Luce’s BattleCry movement on NPR’s On The Media. Also on the show: Jerry Jenkins, co-author of Left Behind, on the spiritual reasons he and Tim LaHaye decided to keep their incredibly lucrative rapture franchise going,...

Time's Bad Religion

Sharlet: I disagree with blogger Bruce Wilson‘s assesment of David Van Biema‘s Time cover story on teaching Bible-as-literature in public schools, but Wilson is on to something when he puts Time‘s April 2 American edition next to its international editition. The latter features a bearded, menacing-looking man next to an old Timespeak-style headline “Talibanistan”; the...

A Timid Man

Russell Shorto is one of The Revealer's favorite religion journalists, and his latest New York Times Magazine story on Pope Benedict XVI two years into his papacy doesn't disappoint. The inside headline is bland: "Keeping the Faith." But the magazine's cover line is more to the point: "The Anti-Secularist." Benedict is that, by his own...

Ethiopia's Ghosts

There’s a ghost of a religion story in The New York Times‘ report on a North Korean arms deal with Ethiopia. The Times rightly focuses on the fact that the U.S. is winking at the violations of its own sanctions against N. Korea in order to see that its client state’s antique Soviet weapons are...

"Blog Against Theocracy"

Talk 2 Action is joining with blogger Blue Gal to co-sponsor a “blogswarm” to “Blog Against Theocracy” over Easter weekend. And these lefties are doing more than just talking to one another: Talk 2 Action is claiming the scalp of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Wade Horn, who resigned this past week after T2A...

Teenage Holy War

Jeff Sharlet: Rolling Stone has posted online the opening section of my latest feature, "Teenage Holy War," along with video of its subject, evangelist Ron Luce's "BattleCry" campaign. Rhetorically, BattleCry is the most militant Christian youth crusade I know of in American history, but in the lives of the kids involved, it's...

Cells and Souls

The Revealer's colleagues in New York University's Department of Journalism have teamed up with The New York Times Company Foundation to offer a four-day program for journalists called "Cells and Souls: The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research." Here's the pitch...

Bible Time

David Van Biema‘s latest Time cover story, “The Case for Teaching the Bible,” isn’t so much a report as qualified advocacy. That makes it a better piece of work than an ostensibly neutral article. Van Biema takes the best efforts of conservative Christians to produce constitutional curricula seriously, but finds them wanting; considers the real...

National Magazine Awards

Have you ever had unkind thoughts about L. Ron Hubbard? If so, you need to read Janet Reitman's 14,000-word Rolling Stone report, "Inside Scientology," nominated in March for a National Magazine Award (winners will be announced May 9). When the story first appeared, I had this to say. I'm thrilled to see that...

Take This Bread

See Scott Korb's review of Sara Miles' Take This Bread, above. When Miles sent me galleys for the book months ago, I was certain I wouldn't have much use for it. It's about Miles' life as a cook, and I don't like books about cooking; and about her conversion to Christianity, and conversion...

Bread and Loneliness

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles, reviewed by Scott Korb.