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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.

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...