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Taboo Dinner Party Talk

Amy Levin: “Aren’t these topics the very ones your mother warned you never to raise at a dinner party?” asks Marie Griffith, editor of the new online magazine, Religion & Politics. With its boasted tagline, “Fit for Polite Company,” Griffith, the current director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics...

Laurel Snyder’s Jewish Dreams of Trees

Amy Levin: Jewish parents today have their pick of ethically themed children’s books with just-enough-but-not-too-much religion. But there’s something refreshingly unique about Laurel Snyder’s new book, Good Night, Laila Tov. Snyder’s tale follows two children on an outdoor family vacation, replete with camping on the beach, walking in fields full of berries, and the...

RT if u <3 da Sistas

Ashley Baxstrom: You’ve probably heard at this point about the Vatican’s statement concerning what it considers to be the wayward actions of its sisters in faith. You can refer to The Revealer’s “Radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” for the basics, including how nuns were “reprimanded for making public statements that ‘disagree with...

Chuck Colson Reads

Anthea Butler at Religion Dispatches David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement Jeff Sharlet on Twitter Michael Dobbs at The Washington Post David Sessions at The Daily Beast David Mark and Adelle M. Banks at Religion News Service

“Radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

The bishops have taken nearly four years to plan their renovation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The new oversight and changes come without input from the Women Religious.  The New York Times wrote yesterday:
The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the...

So Long, Rowan Williams

What does Rowan Williams's resignation mean for American Anglicans? By Daniel Schultz Word reached us lately that the eyebrows of the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, had decided to step down at the age of 61, apparently taking the attached primate with them into an early retirement, or at least a return to the academic...

TransFaith, TransWeb

Becky Garrison: The Miss Universe Organization’s decision to change their rules so that transgender women can compete appears to signify a growing acceptance of trans individuals (GLAAD and other groups had admonished the organization). However, statistics from the Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project, noting more than 800 reported murders of trans people in...

Restricting Free Speech or Promoting Hate?

Becky Garrison:  Even though the Family Research Council was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2010, their spokesperson, Tony Perkins, continues to grace cable network news programs like MSNBC’s "Hardball With Chris Matthews." In light of the fact that Perkins has been a guest on the station 23...

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

Jews and Black Baseball, March 21

Join us at the NYU Bookstore on Wednesday, March 21, for another event in our Revealer Reading Series: March, 21 2012 | 5:00 - 6:30pm 726 Broadway, New York THE REVEALER READING SERIES Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (2011, Oxford) REBECCA ALPERT (Temple University) will read from her new book which explores how Jewish sports entrepreneurs, political radicals, and...

Free To Be You and Me

Ashley Baxstrom:  The Swiss upper house on Monday buried a motion to ban the burqa, which had passed the lower house in September of 2011 by a margin of 101 to 77. The proposal, dubbed “Down with masks,” could have eventually banned full-face veils including the Muslim burqa from public transportation or government buildings....