Posts tagged "africa"

My Wish This Valentine’s Day

By George González   No doubt, much of our contemporary consumer society is magical and ecstatic. This extends to our niche and lucrative markets in love and romance. Hallmark and Hollywood movies send the message that the truest expressions of romantic love are ones that sweep up two individuals---preferably heterosexual, white, English speaking, lovely and bourgeois---into a world...

The Chinese Church

The Christian Century reports that China's Minister of State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuo'an, is in Nairobi for a visit with the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya to "enhance the relationship between the Anglican Church, the Global South Anglican Communion and the Chinese church."

The Dream of Full Unity: The Catholic Church Invites Anglicans to Come On Over

by Elissa Lerner After so much fanfare surrounding the surprise election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this past fall, or even the Pope's recent blessing of Facebook, perhaps the greatest shock in the Catholic world is the near silence regarding the three bishops,...

Sudans

Abby Ohlheiser: In the collective gasp that followed the shooting in Tucson on Saturday, the story of the ongoing voting on a referendum for southern independence in Sudan was all but lost. We’re still catching up at The Revealer secret headquarters ourselves. Consensus in the coverage seems to be that the southern third...

The Strange Moves of The Economist

By Jeff Sharlet The reverence with which so many upper-middle class Americans read The Economist has always puzzled me. There’s much to admire about the magazine, but it generally performs the same function as Newsweek, boiling down events into centrist conventional wisdom, facts be damned. A report in the July 3, 2010 issue, “The religious right...

The Easiest Thing In The World

Mary Valle: I thought that the easiest thing in the world might be eating pudding or sleeping or watching TV, but I was wrong.  "The easiest thing in the world is to wait (to have sex) until you get married, and marry a virgin," according to gynecologist and Catholic sister Dr. Hanna Klaus, who is...

49,999 Girls Gone Wild!

“Swazi females drop chastity tassels,” reported CNN on August 22, describing a warm-up event to a ritual dance of 50,000 virgins who perform bare-breasted for Swaziland’s King Mswati, who will pick one lucky girl to be his bride. CNN loves it — and so do, one suspects, the Christian conservative activists who preach abstinence as...

Arguing the ABCs of AIDS in Africa

Agreed: The Bush administration’s response to AIDS in Africa is a failure. Disputed: The reasons why. An argument with the mainstream press narrative. By Bob Smietana In a joint report for Rolling Stone and Salon, Geraldine Sealey argues that moving away from “tried-and-true” methods of preventing HIV is “a deadly game of Russian roulette that...

18 September 2004 Daily Links

Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) activists meeting in Nairobi called for comprehensive legislation banning the practice, which removes part of all of a young girl’s genitalia, using, in part, this rationale: “‘It has no basis in any religion.’” While we’re centainly behind their efforts, such arguments make us nervous: if FGM could be tied to a religious...

08 July 2004 Daily Links

The Solid Rock Cruisers, a Christian car club based in Auburn, Washington, will hold their annual “Believe in the Son” car show this Saturday. “‘It’s as if (Christian stores) have been playing college football, and at halftime, they came back to the field to see–whoa!–the NFL has showed up, and is interested in playing on our field,’”...