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Daily Links: Politic Poles Edition

Schiavo, Beinart, Stem Cells, NOM, and CSW!

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...

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,...

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...

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.

Daily Links: Big Fat Tolerance Edition

Russian gay extremists; Patronizing employers; A Brownback woman; Jesus' juice; Milquetoast Patel; Other, the world's 12th religion; Liberty wolves; ideology-smashing samaritan; Damn anarchists; Government by any other name (like the presidency); Tolerance ponies.

Daily Links

The Southern Party:  I'm betting Santorum takes Alabama and Mississippi tonight. In the meanwhile, read Alec MacGillis at The New Republic:
If this year's GOP presidential candidates have all year been making such a conservative pitch in order to appeal to a party shaped by the South, why have they been having such a hard time connecting with voters...

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Mary Valle:  Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, the priest who denied Barbara Johnson (also known as the "lesbian Barbara Johnson") communion at her mother's funeral, has been put on administrative leave for having "engaged in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry."

Daily Links

My chum Kiera Feldman has a piece up at New York Magazine on Ken Starr's latest politically motivated sex scandal witch hunt, this time at Baylor University where he's president, "Ken Starr Redux: Lefty Icon Targeted Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct."  Read it here. What does informed consent mean to a "pro-life" governor?

Doing the DOMA Dance

On February 22, 2011, Jeffrey White, a Federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional when he found that Karen Golinski, an attorney and employee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, had her rights violated under the equal...