Monthly archive September, 2010

King Solomon Would Not Be Pleased

Elissa Lerner: If you're sick of the Park51 situation, check out the latest from Ayodhya, a holy site in India, believed to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Ram, and famous for the Babri mosque whose destruction by Hindu extremists in 1992 led to the deaths of over 2,000 people. The Allahabad...

Junkets for Jesus

By Jeff Sharlet This article is cross-posted from Mother Jones and is adapted from C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. THE OLDEST AND MOST politically influential Christian conservative organization in Washington is known to the public, if at all, for one thing: adultery. In particular, that of three Republican politicians, Sen. John Ensign...

Breaking News:
Americans Don’t Know Much About Religion

Elissa Lerner: If you're reading this you a) are likely aware of Laurie Goodstein's hot-button column yesterday digesting the Pew Forum's recent survey about America's religious ignorance and b) probably scored abnormally highly on the 6-question pop quiz. (Overachievers, here is the Pew's 15-question quiz.) Congratulations! As...

Who Remembers McCarthy?

Becky Garrison: Over at Killing the Buddha, Garrett Baer addresses the current controversy over Park51 by raising the question, “at what time in American history have particular groups not been the subject of bigotry? He reminds us that “The Tea Party, of course, is defending American values, as are the Minute Men, as was...

The Melancholy Rite

Mary Valle: I recently voted in my state's primary election, because I like voting. Where I vote is in the gym of my local Catholic school, which, since the last election, has closed. Been consolidated. I noticed the cornerstone as I walked in: 1957. Boom times in America; boom times for Catholics. It seems...

Sharlet on NPR

Read the entire transcript of Jeff Sharlet's appearance on NPR last week here.

Marketing Mormons

The Revealer's own Ann Pellegrini, professor of religious and performance studies at NYU, talked to Fox News' Lauren Green about the new ad campaign designed to put a good face on Mormons.

Kathryn Joyce on Mormons and the Religious Right’s “Common Ground”

"Glenn Beck’s efforts to transform himself from Fox News demagogue into a religious leader for Tea Party America has a lot of commentators discussing the feasibility of a Mormon convert leading a wary evangelical and Catholic right in a faith-driven cause. While there are significant roadblocks hindering Beck’s quest for leadership in the Christian Right,...

The Roots of Racism

Rachel Sladja at Talking Points Memo has a good piece up about the roots of all the recent Shar'iah-is-coming-for-your-freedom hysteria.  It's worth a read for the research TPM did to trace the anti-Muslim commentary in the media over the past decade.  But I can't help but wonder if Islam (and Shari'ah) doesn't just conveniently...

Limited Understanding of Scandal

Jeff Sharlet, founder of The Revealer, was on Rachel Maddow last night talking about his new book, C Street.  You can watch the clip here.

Muslims are the new ___ (fill in the blank)

Shari'ah is the new red menace.  Muslims are the new Irish-Catholics.

Flaunting Malignant Brilliance

by Adam H. Becker A Film Unfinished (2010, 90 min), directed by Yael Hersonski, is about footage shot in the Warsaw Ghetto in May of 1942. The original film, labeled on its canisters simply as “Das Ghetto,” presents itself as an ethnographic examination of Jewish life in the dire day-to-day existence of several hundred thousand Jews,...