Monthly archive August, 2010

The Scandal Here, The Revival Over There

Not all Christians are down with Beck's interpretation of the bible and their purpose for America.  Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gets some Mormon-bashing on in his recent denunciation of Beck, delivered via an article at the American Family Association's onenewsnow.  Writes Moore:
Mormonism and Mammonism are contrary...

SNL’s Humor Can’t Top The “Restoring Honor” Rally

Becky Garrison, who's current feature for The Revealer looks at the ways in which "social justice" has been made a dirty term, writes to us today with a satirical piece about Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington DC.  SNL's been outdone?  Has Beck become his own best satirist? Saturday Night Live creator...

"Jeff Sharlet has an incredibly rare double talent: the instincts of an investigative reporter coupled with the soul of a historian." --Hanna Rosin

What Beck’s Marching For:
Making Social Justice Unjust

by Becky Garrison Look for the words social justice or economic justice on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. --Glenn Beck, March 2, 2010 Since Beck uttered this and related comments on his radio show, much ink has been spilled decrying his analysis of one of the basic tenets of...

Sharia Creeps in England

More than 700 protesters gathered and clashed with riot police in Bradford, England today, the home of a large Pakistani community.  Members of the English Defense League organized the rally to protest "the spread of Islam, Sharia law and Islamic extremism."  You can check out the EDL's American counterpart at their 9-11 photo-clad...

Ata-tatt

More young people in Turkey are getting tattoos... of the "founder" of secular Turkey,  Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  Writes Liz Leslie at Muslim Voices, the increase in popularity of Ataturk tattoos is credited to the upcoming constitutional referendum which could bring the conservative Justice &  Development Party (AKP) into greater power.  Tattoos are "generally considered...

God-Led Government

Catch The Revealer founder, Jeff Sharlet, talking about his new book, C Street, on NPR's "Fresh Air" today.  Among the topics: the anti-gay bill in Uganda, the definition of homosexuality, and The Family, genocide.  The discussion follows up on Jeff's recent article, "Straight man's burden," at Harper's magazine and "Dangerous Liaisons" at The...

Compromising On Death

From "Straight Man's Burden," an article by Revealer founder and contributing editor Jeff Sharlet in the September issue of Harper's magazine:
I do not understand you Americans," he said, sighing.  "Look at a woman like Hillary Clinton, supporting the killing of babies, and then you say no, you should not threaten to punish somebody with...

Religion Stories for the Week with Jeff Sharlet and Amy Sullivan

Today Bloggingheads.tv has posted a conversation on religion and the media between Jeff Sharlet, founder and contributing editor to The Revealer and author of the forthcoming C Street and Amy Sullivan, contributing writer with Time magazine.  The topics that they cover are:  the killing of 10 health workers/missionaries in Afghanistan; gay marriage; the "Ground...

What is Sacred Ground?

Never ones to let a potential controversy get past them (today's cover headline reads, "Scarlett [Johanson] may be getting a new 'tattoo'"), The New York Daily News has helped to make the "Ground Zero Mosque" a noisy conversation with emphatic sides.  Today I happened to pick up a copy of the paper while waiting...

Senseless Gestures

"My friend (if I may still call him that) believed in humanity, and so he also believed in order, in the order of painting and the order of words, since words are what we paint with.  He believed in redemption.  Deep down he may even have believed in progress.  Coincidence, on the other hand, is...

Islamophobia:
Stoking Fears about an American Community

by Joshua M. Z. Stanton When John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960, fear-mongers raised the specter of his dual loyalty. Would he really serve American interests or merely be a pawn for the Vatican? After all, he was a Catholic. Church doctrine, it was whispered, could co-opt the person designated to uphold America’s...