Monthly archive July, 2010

The Problem of Equating Shari’ah with Law

This article is the first of an ongoing series that will examine what shari’ah is, how the media often get it wrong, and how it’s being used to create fear of Islam and Muslims and to justify continued military defense of “American values.” by Hussein Rashid Every time I hear someone on TV mention “shari’ah,” I think...

Creationists on the Ballot

The Sensuous Curmudgeon makes a tally of some of the more prominent creationists on the ballot for state elections the coming weeks.  You've got Joan Heffington who's running against Sam Brownback in Kansas, for vote on August 3.  There's Terry Hemple running for county school board in Florida, for vote on August 9.  It's...

But is it Evangelism?

by Daniel Schultz A church down in Gainesville is planning to hold an "International Burn A Quran Day" on 9/11, part of its larger "Islam is of the Devil" campaign. The pastor talks about the point of the event in an interview with the Friendly Atheist:
Do you think Muslims will turn to Christ as...

HuffPo Scripture

Paul Rauschenbush, religion editor at Huffington Post, announced a new series that will highlight scriptural commentary:
One of the most effective forms of prayer and meditation comes through reflection upon scripture -- and while reading scripture on our own is edifying, it is even better to approach scripture together with a group to learn from...

Beck Off!

You don't mess with the theologians, Glenn Beck.  The folks at Union Theological Seminary haven't found Beck's use and knowledge of the bible to be quite up to snuff so they've taken up a collection of the good book to send to him.  They've also devoted a page at their site to articles by UTS...

Science, the State Religion

Young-earth creationist and founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, is taking the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of Natural History to task for their new Hall of Human Origins.  "The purpose of this exhibit on the origin of man," he writes, "is not only to indoctrinate children and adults in evolution, but also atheism."  Ham,...

Arabs Rape, Jews Screw?

Sabbar Kashur, an Israeli man, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for having consensual sex with a woman who was presumably fine with the encounter until she discovered that he was not Jewish, as he had claimed, but Arab.  She charged "rape by deceit" and on Monday the court agreed.  In this...

Equivocating Poverty

From Peter Laarman's post at Religion Dispatches, "Taking Back 'Big Government Liberalism'":
So here is my question for religious liberals and moderates [who] really do know what the Bible says: Do you care enough about the poor and vulnerable to declare yourself an unabashed Big Government supporter? Because equivocation on this one equals suffering and...

He Is Stanley Hauerwas

Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2010) $24.99 Reviewed by Jack Downey Stanley Hauerwas finds himself in a terrible predicament: he’s a famous American theologian. Perhaps the most famous American theologian. This may or may not mean he’s actually famous by conventional standards, but he seems plenty concerned. He has made himself a very...

The Strange Moves of The Economist

By Jeff Sharlet The reverence with which so many upper-middle class Americans read The Economist has always puzzled me. There’s much to admire about the magazine, but it generally performs the same function as Newsweek, boiling down events into centrist conventional wisdom, facts be damned. A report in the July 3, 2010 issue, “The religious right...

Getting One Over On Jerry

Talk to Action marks the anniversary of Jerry Sloan's 1984 televised clash with Jerry Falwell, an event that produced a law suit and the founding of Lambda Community Center in Sacramento, one of the many subsequently-founded organizations that work for the protection of LGBT rights.  Read Sloan's account of the clash with Falwell here....

Thicker Norms.

From Burt Neuborne's review of Sarah Barringer Gordon's The Spriti of the Law, today at The Forward.
When my daughter first explained to me why she wanted to be a rabbi, she said that she had watched my wife and I spend a lifetime seeking to use law and reason to bring moral order...