Monthly archive January, 2012

Our Daily Links: “Miss This?” Edition

"David Ellefson was an honest-to-God founding member of the legendary thrash metal band Megadeth."  Now he's in a distance learning program at Concordia Seminary. Congratulations to the makers of "Love Free or Die" for their Sundance successes.  The movie profiles openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson. The Village Voice reports on the death of...

Our Daily Links

Countries of Particular Concern:  In case you've forgotten that American democracy is the best chance for religious freedom around the world, here's an interview with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and advisor to the Secretary of State and the President of the United States on issues of Religious Freedom, and Dr. Chris...

The Extraordinary, Amazing, Miraculous Story of Christian Hollywood

Amy Levin: It’s only the end of January and many of us are already in winter break withdrawal – missing those precious days when you can sit back, relax with your nieces and nephews and watch those fun, PG-rated, faithy, family films about saving cute animals and. . . yourself? Yes, the days when Disney...

RAW Believer

Peter Bebergal on Robert Anton Wilson, from a post at BoingBoing:
So it is with great respect and admiration that I celebrate the life of Robert Anton Wilson during this memorial week by remembering that he was the great believing skeptic, someone for whom the collection and curating of all that is weird was his...

Ditching the Church for Jesus, A Long Tradition

The popularity of a new video by Jefferson Bethke called "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" has a number of religion writers, including our pal Nicole Greenfield and The Scoop's Laura J. Nelson, wondering from whence this animosity against religious affiliation came. It could be argued that the faithfuls' "hatred" for organized religion is a long,...

Back In the Habit and Looking Good

Ashley Baxstrom: The Devil may wear Prada, but that doesn’t mean he owns the market on being fashionably faithy. Check out the hot new line debuting over at the Community of Compassion, a new Anglican Catholic order in Forth Worth, Texas. When Mother Mary Magdalene, founder of the order, needed help designing new habits –...

Women, Orthodoxy and the Public Square

Amy Levin: Rick Perry says it’s America’s war on religion, but a subset of the ultra-orthodox in Israel might beg to differ. Perry’s concerns have more to do with school prayer and re-sanctifying Christmas, but many of Israel’s ultra-orthodox are concerned with feminism, or what most feminists would simply call gender equality. Clashes between...

Books Among Righteous Men

By Matthew Shaer Last June, a federal judge in Washington ordered the Russian government to return to the Lubavitch-Chabad Hasidic movement a sizable library of religious texts and documents which had been seized by Bolshevik authorities in the 1920s. The library was later obtained by the Nazis, before finally ending up—in 1945—in the hands of...

Birth Control! For Everybody!

Ashley Baxstrom: Ladies, let's celebrate! Check out this breaking blog post from Think Progress: Obama administration approves rule that guarantees near-universal contraceptive coverage, by guest blogger Jessica Arons, Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at American Progress. She writes:
Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...

Our 2012 Spring Events Calendar!

Be here or be square!  SPRING 2012

Jews Writing Jews, January 24

January, 24, 2012 | 6:00 - 7:30pm, 20 Cooper Square

Henry Goldschmidt (Race and Religion Among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights), Theodore Ross (Am I a Jew? forthcoming; editor, Men’s Journal), and Matthew Shaer (Among Righteous Men; contributor, New York Magazine) Moderated by Alana Newhouse (editor, Tablet Magazine) Three writers discuss the challenges of reporting and writing about Jewish communities other than their own.

The End of Our Affair with Gossip Girl?

Jo Piazza: After five seasons of defying everything good and holy, capitalizing on debaucherous underage sex and drug abuse, using a ménage a trois in a national ad campaign and generally creating some of the more deviant characters on primetime television, Gossip Girl has found god—the Catholic version no less. And they have done it by appropriating the...