Monthly archive March, 2012

U.S. Religion by Number

Ashley Baxstrom:  Where would we be without the Huffington Post? NOT in the know about the most and least religious states in America, that’s where. [Full reveal: HuffPo got it from Gallup. But who reads Gallup? Thanks, HuffPo!] Here’s the breakdown: Mississippi is the most religious, New Hampshire and Vermont tie for least. Eight of...

Riot in the Cathedral

  A review of The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics, by Irina Papkova. Oxford University Press, 2011. By Sean Guillory In late February, four members of the Russian feminist punk group, Pussy Riot, performed a “punk prayer” on the altar of Christ Our Savoir Cathedral, the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Their action, which included singing...

I’m Not Religious, I Just Love Meditation

Amy Levin:  While the image of Oprah endorsing transcendental meditation is about as banal as a priest offering the sacrament, the Queen of the New-Age spiritual marketplace has sold spirituality to those in her pews again. Oprah’s bricolage-like church offered this week’s sermon via her show Next Chapter on the OWN network: transcendental meditation...

Put a Gun to their Head

Maybe use of fear and violence isn’t the best way to teach about fear and violence. Ashley Baxstrom:  This headline speaks for itself: “Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens, Holds Them At Gunpoint, For ‘Learning Exercise.’” It’s pretty much about exactly what you think it is. Officials at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middleton, Pennsylvania,...

The Pope Has Left the Island

  By Nora Connor Pope Benedict completes his pilgrimage to Cuba today, having wrapped up his “pastoral” visit to Mexico, in which he tidily summarized that nation’s struggles with the drug war-industrial complex:
The pope also addressed Mexico’s struggle against violence...

Ads for Secular (Liberal) Catholics

Amy Levin: The New York Times committed a liberal faux pas last month. As if they'd forgotten just how controversial ads can be, they accepted $39,000 from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to run a full-page. . .well I’ll just say it, “anti-Catholic” advertisement. The ad features a political cartoon--with a grumpily...

Easter Riot

Ashley Baxstrom: It’s a curious culture we live in when a children’s event has to be cancelled because people are acting belligerently. It’s troubling even – or maybe especially – when it’s a religious children’s...

The Gender & Sexual Politics of End of Life Care, April 10

I'll be on a panel with the amazing Susan Gerbino, Amber Hollibaugh, Ai-Jen Poo and Robert Campbell on April 10.  Come say hi. The Gender and Sexual Politics of End of Life Care April 10, Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Performance Studies Studio 21 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612

Anti-Catholic Bias

Florida Times-Union writer Phillip Milano spoke with me--and Philip Jenkins--about "anti-Catholic" bias in the media.

Spring has sprung!

Ashley Baxstrom: Today we celebrate the vernal equinox, herald of spring, which reportedly arrived at 1:14 am. Equinoxes occur twice a year, marking when the periods of night and day are just-about-equal. Here in the northern hemisphere, we appreciate that we’ll be receiving increasingly more warmth and light as the sun passes...

Daily Links: Briefly

Don't miss in media res' fantastic series of events, "Religious Representations on Television," from today through Friday.  See here for details. Kathryn Joyce, The Revealer's first managing editor, interviews David Clohessy, national director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) on the Catholic Church's new tactic for silencing the group in court.

Progress and Rat Poison in Morocco

Some rights gains are never permanent. By Amy Levin As the climate warms and the new season approaches, one might notice a comparatively calmer “Arab spring” this year. Distracted by presidential politics and plans to “Occupy Spring,” the revolutionary wave that shifted our gaze eastward last year...