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Daily Links: What Social Contract? Edition

Jim Davis on the death of a predatory priest. Amy Levin on liberalism and feminism. The Immanent Frame's fantastic "Politics of Religious Freedom" series. Catholics roll up their sleeves over a Wendell Berry lecture. Hasidic Jews trying to stay out of court. Rowan Williams on the blood market.

Wherever Two or More Women Are Gathered…

...the Catholic Church seems to find "radical feminist" ideology.  Even if the gatherers are cookie-hawking tweens.  And members of a non-Catholic organization.  Not affiliated with the Church in any way. To the ever broadening category of Catholic Church vs. Women, we add today's entry:  the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has formalized it's disapproval of...

Queer Methodist Doings

Becky Garrison: A Gallup poll released on May 20, 2011 states that for the first time a majority (53%) of Americans believes same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. Also, an April, 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center showed that for the first time there...

His Holiness Gets Huffed

Ashley Baxstrom: The Huffington Post announced on Friday that its very own Arianna Huffington – the Post’s namesake? Editor? Aggregator General? Blogger in Chief? – will interview the Dalai Lama on May 14th. His Holiness will be awarded the prestigious Templeton prize, which “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s...

Daily Links: Grand Jury Duty Blues

I'm three weeks down, one to go.  Serving justice in Brooklyn has kept me quiet, but here's what I'm reading between testimonials: Jane Iwamura at The Scoop on Tupac's undead appearance at Coachella. One wonders if Mark Oppenheimer just didn't have any critical thinking to apply to his recent review of Ross Douthat's new book,...

In the World weekly links, Pandora’s Box edition

…most residents of Trivandrum had not been clamoring for the temple’s vaults to be searched. This had initially puzzeled me. In America…it’s inconceivable that a mysterious, locked door would be left alone. (Recall Geraldo Rivera breaking into Al Capone’s vault, in the nineteen-eighties). But in India the wealth stored in the vaults of Hindu temples...

The Kony2012 Family

In a statement on their website and a follow-up video released on April 5th, IC elaborates on the background behind the Kony story and encourages everyone to explore inhumane conditions throughout the world. To this end, they devised a worldwide day of action titled “Cover the Night (Make Kony Famous 2012).

Happy Birthday Zionism

Amy Levin: Given that today and tomorrow mark two extremely important national holidays in Israel beginning with Yom Hazikaron, the day of remembrance for Israeli soldiers, followed by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s independence day, it seems fitting to bring the timeless debate over Zionism to the virtual table. This week, Huffpost Religion is publishing...

4/24: Screening of Antonioni’s CHUNG KUO – CHINA, with Angela Zito

THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE presents: CHUNG KUO - CHINA (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1972), 208 min. Introduced by Angela Zito WHEN: Tuesday 24 April 2012, 6:30pm WHERE: Room 471, 20 Cooper Square [East 5th and Bowery] FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Daily Links

Intelligent design, Günter Grass, Kathryn Joyce on Santorum's family, Kony, Andrew Sullivan's call to follow Jesus, me and feeding tubes, and prison chaplains.

In the World Links: Lost & Found in Translation Edition

Nora Connor: In Poland, the Bhagavad Gita is now available in translation directly from Sanskrit to Polish, thanks to a “late-blooming” student’s doctoral dissertation. In Russia, an appeals court declines to ban the Gita as “extremist” religious literature. In time for Passover, check out the New American Haggadah, translated by Nathan...

Reading Widely: Our Recent Favorites

Some of the best religion and media reads from around the webs this week.