Monthly archive November, 2011

Merry Christmas to Me!

Mary Valle:  All I really want for Christmas is to watch "The Exorcist" with Fr. Gabriele Amorth.  I also want to thank him profusely for pointing out a few things that actually are kind of true. Who hasn't been in a yoga class and "breathing" into some pose and thought "This shit is EVIL!"...

Remembering China’s Great Leap and
Great Famine

Getting the Past Out Loud: Memory Projects with Wu Wenguang
Saturday, December 3, 4, 2011
A five-film weekend with documentary director and artist Wu Wenguang where he will present films from The Memory Project, based at Coachangdi Workstation in Beijing....

Painting a State of Suspension

by Narges Bajoghli “The Chronicle of Her Innocence” by Bahar Behbahani at NYU Abu Dhabi 19 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003 September 29, 2011 – January 27, 2012 “I, and only I, am responsible for what I recall and see, not individuals in the past who could not have known what effect they might have on...

Our Daily Links: We’re Totally Thankful Edition

Thanks to two Jewish authors, the Bible has now been revised for Jews. Miss the first Response, Rick Perry's church revival?  No worries.  Thankfully four more are scheduled for December, January and February, though they've dropped their affiliation "with any presidential candidate." (h/t Becky Garrison) Hallelujah.  We have 37 more days of Frequencies, a...

Our Daily Links: Doin’ The Math Edition

God spends $390 million lobbying Washington every year. Jonathan Jones writes at The Guardian about the now-iconic photo of 84 year old Occupy activist Dorli Rainey after being pepper sprayed in Seattle:
America is a religious nation and I can't help thinking that either the people in the picture, or the photographer, consciously or unconsciously...

This is Manhood

A excerpt of the prayer delivered by coach Ron Brown to the Penn State football team on November 12th, at the start of the first game after sex abuse charges against former assistant coach Larry Sandusky ended Joe Paterno's coaching career:
There are a lot of little boys around the country, today, who are watching this...

The House of David

An excerpt from Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Rebecca Alpert, from Chapter Four, The Conflict over Baseball Comedy. A few independent white baseball teams also clowned and relied on novelty to gain bookings. The best known of these teams was the House of David. The team originated in...

Not all Sex is a Scandal

Cain, Sandusky, Catholic Priests. Sex has been in the headlines a lot lately. But some important distinctions are getting lost in the rush to categorize offenses, blurring the difference between crimes against marriage with those against women or minors, or the crimes of institutions with those of individuals. So much commentary about the cover...

Our Daily Links: Knee-Slapper Edition

So guess what, Occupy Wall Streeters!  Your lucky day!  Jim Wallis has invited you in from the cold!  I totally can't tell if Wallis is making a funny parody of all the inaccurate media coverage of the movement or if he actually thinks the people on the streets are pathetic orphans.
So let’s invite them...

Religious Ghettoization of Egypt

From Marc Michael's "Is liberalism killing the copts?" at Al Jazeera:
Imperial liberalism not only reinforced lines of fracture in local social fabrics, but often engineered them, by inventing traditions and mythological pasts, linguistic and ethnic groupings. To this day a majority of Copts subscribe to the “Hamitic Hypothesis”: that Copts are a separate race...

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Vegan Criminals

Amy Levin: You're in jail.  What will you eat on Thanksgiving day?  Most media coverage of religion in prison over the past year was about Rep. Peter King’s (R- NY) excessive concern with “prislam.” Regardless of how successfully King and his constituents played the public’s fear, the conversation managed to boil down to how dangerous...