Posts tagged "abby ohlheiser"

Family Dissonance

Abby Ohlheiser: A couple years ago, in a small Christian-owned performance space-cum-vintage shop, I listened to David Bazan finish a song, pause, and ask, "anyone have any questions for me?" Bazan, who was touring with songs from his album about lost faith, Curse Your Branches, fielded earnest theological questions from the young fans sitting...

Fans of Action: How Harry Potter Inspired a New Generation of Activists

by Abby Ohlheiser Weeks after the earthquake in January, 2010, five planes, filled with medical supplies, flew to Haiti. One plane was named DFTBA, which stands for Don’t Forget To Be Awesome, an acronym popularized by the nerdfighters. The other four were named Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore, after the most familiar and beloved characters...

Media’s Muslim v. Christian Paradigm

Abby Ohlheiser:  The State Department has weighed in on the case of Iranian Christian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death for apostasy.  He'd be the first executed for that reason in Iran since 1990.  But this month, the Iranian Supreme Court offered him a way out: they've overturned...

A Germ of Believability

Abby Ohlheiser: So, did you hear that, following New York's lead, The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) now recognizes and embraces same-sex marriage? It's on the internet, so it must be true. Or not.

Global Evangelicals: Prudes vs. Oppressed

Abby Ohlheiser: As some in the media try to speculate on the role of religion in the GOP primaries and the 2012 elections, Pew and Gallup are polling for a clue. But a separate Pew poll last week caught my eye: a survey of 2,196 leaders (representing 166 countries) of evangelical leaders...

Terry Jones Takes Dearborn

Yesterday Terry Jones held another rally in Dearborn, Michigan, outside the Arab International Festival, to raise awareness for the encroachment of Islam in America.  Abby Ohlheiser was there. This was the plan: Terry Jones would speak at City Hall then march with his supporters up to the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, MI, a...

Weird Waves are the New Heat Waves

Abby Ohlheiser: It's not global warming, it's global weirding, according to a Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) article, prophetically published last Friday to ready us for today's choking heat along the East Coast.  CBN has recently published a series of articles (read here, here and here) rekindling doubt in the...

WorldNetDaily, Salon, and the Creation of Fact

by Abby Ohlheiser WorldNetDaily, a right-wing news site, is probably best known for flaming the fires of the birther conspiracy, and for coverage of Sha'riah law bans in America.  The tone ranges from threatening to hysterical.  That's with an emphasis on the Victorian female sort of hysterical, not the comedy gold kind.  Last Monday,...

Consumption of The Borgias: A Viewer’s Guide

by Meghan Maguire Dahn and Abby Ohlheiser “You are so beautiful, Giulia Farnese, I would have you painted,” declares Jeremy Irons’s Pope Alexander VI in Showtime’s new series The Borgias.  It’s not surprising.  The lighting in The Borgias is sumptuous and if there’s one thing they light particularly well, it’s the desirable flesh.  It’s all positively...

Listening, with Monks

Abby Ohlheiser: Of Gods and Men (122 minutes, 2010), a new film by Xavier Beauvois, opened last Friday in Los Angeles and New York (at Sunshine, show times are here) after a brief run at the New York Film Festival in the fall. Winner of the second-place prize at last year's...

Eyes on Egypt: What to Watch

Abby Ohlheiser and Jessamy Klapper:  Below are some of the writers and resources we've been using to track the continuing protests in Egypt: Liveblogs: If you burned out on Al Jazeera English's live video feed (and the filling of airtime in between new news bits), or simply can't access it online or on cable, the following ongoing projects update...

Merry F—ing Xmas

Abby Ohlheiser: Depending on your perspective, The National Portrait Gallery has either ruined Christmas or World AIDS Day (December 1) this year. On Wednesday, the institution caved in to “hours” of political pressure from conservative politicians and the Catholic League and removed a 4-minute excerpt of David Wojnarowotz's piece, “Fire in my Belly” from its current exhibition...