Monthly archive June, 2011

The Revealer Family, Published

It's been a great week for readers, thanks to a suite of articles by members of The Revealer's family of writers.  Covering issues from reality-based food to women's travel, from the health care crisis to Zionist activism to religious compounds in Missouri, we're proud to have such talented and diverse writers' names to drop! Former Revealer...

Terry Jones Takes Dearborn

Yesterday Terry Jones held another rally in Dearborn, Michigan, outside the Arab International Festival, to raise awareness for the encroachment of Islam in America.  Abby Ohlheiser was there. This was the plan: Terry Jones would speak at City Hall then march with his supporters up to the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, MI, a...

“Touch” the Infinite

From "Oh, Infinite Stream of Data and Light" by Beatrice Marovich, at Killing the Buddha:
But what if, perhaps, the infinite itself didn’t have another agenda entirely? What if my actual, sensible, embodied feeling of resistance was, in fact, the aftershock of an infinite intuition? What if the infinite had bubbled up through my synapses...

Authentically Baptist

From the website of Central Baptist Church of Wayne, PA:
In affirming the historic Baptist principle of non-creedalism, Central Baptist Church holds that this addendum to ABC’s identity statement is distinctly creedal, forcing one limited interpretation of Scripture upon the whole of American Baptists. This serves to silence the movement of the Holy Spirit in...

Pork-Coated Bullets: America’s Islam Problem

Is this real? Or just some spoof from the West Wing or Law & Order? Could the US military really be using bullets covered with oil containing 13% pig fat to evoke fear in Islamic terrorists and allegedly send them into eternal damnation? For the moment, the answer seems like a skeptical maybe, but the...

Gay Parenthood and the End of Paternity
as We Knew It

An exclusive excerpt from Unhitched:  Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China (pp. 50-55), a book by Judith Stacey, released from NYU Press last month. by Judith Stacey Gay fathers were once as unthinkable as they were invisible. Now they are an undeniable part of the contemporary family landscape. During the same...

The Morals of Midas

An excerpt from Thomas Frank's "Gold Faithful," from the July issue of Harper's Magazine, on gold as a "moral investment, not a technical one":
"This is not an investment position," wrote Ruff of his prescribed hoarding of precious coins.  It was, he ominously declared, a "survival position," as well as a "chaos-hedge." The political beliefs that undergird...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

A small parade was held in Philadelphia this weekend, made up of area Muslims.  Their objective was to counter media representation of Muslims as terrorists and to bring awareness to the fact that about two thirds of Muslims in American cities are black.  There are about 100 mosques in the Philly area. || A...

A 12-Step History? Not so fast.

Amy Levin: When religion in the news bestows a chance to show how complicated history can be, I’ll take it. Rabbi Shais Taub recently published an article in HuffPost Religion on Judaism and addiction recovery, explaining just how spiritually high some steps are in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. Taub has some compelling insights...

Wisdom From a Beauty Queen

Abby Ohlheiser: In the interest of The Revealer's ongoing coverage of beauty pageants, we'd like to draw your attention to the following FoxNews.com story about the latest batch of politically-charged questions posed to contestants. Alleging that the questions, which ask about teaching evolution in schools and whether the candidates would pose for nude...

Sharlet Pride!

A giant congratulations to The Revealer's founding editor, Jeff Sharlet, recipient of the Molly National Journalism Prize, named for Molly Ivins and sponsored by The Texas Observer.  The award is for Jeff's Harper's article on how US evangelicals contributed to the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda. He beat out Maureen Dowd of The...

Exporting the “Pro-Life” Movement to Russia

Last month the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement that supported Moscow's squashing of the gay pride parade there.  But it seems limiting the rights of gays isn't the only issue on which the church has found a chance to work with the state.  The New York Times reports that the Russian government and...