Posts tagged "AIDS"

Gray Barker, the Men in Black, and North Carolina
Amendment One

By David Halperin You are David Halperin. It’s 1960, and you’re twelve going on thirteen, and although you’ve noticed for a while now that there are exciting differences between girls and boys, it’s only recently you’ve begun to grasp that this fact might have some relevance to you.  Your mother is sick with heart disease—slowly dying, though...

The AIDS Aid Money Trail

30 January 2006 Nearly a quarter of President Bush’s $15 billion HIV/AIDS program is earmarked for faith-based groups, with $200 million specifically set aside for groups without experience working with government grants. As could be expected, many groups that promote abstinence only, rather than safe sex through condoms or education programs for sex workers, have...

Condom Virgin

29 December 2005 The Catholics get all the good outrage. After the Piss Christ and the supermodels’ Last Supper, comes artist Steve Rosenthal’s condom-wrapped Virgin Mary statuette, with the cup at the end of Mary’s “delicate veil of latex” arranged to replace the traditional roal crown. An advertisement for the statue, designed to coincide with...

Daily Links 28 August 2005

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...

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...

Daily Links 13 June 2005

The Yenta What Schooled Her Sharlet: In a few weeks I head up to Boston to answer a few questions for WGBH, one of the flagship PBS affiliates. “What should the American people know about religion?” “What do they want to know about religion?” “What do you think would make an interesting program?” Well, I...

Daily Links 21 January 2005

Rank Something, Anyway Wouldn’t you know – Richard Land is a man of the people. Or so he told NPR’s Terry Gross when she asked why he supported the war in Iraq when so many other religious leaders did not. Maybe, said Land, it’s “because I was democratically elected by my rank and file and the others weren’t.” Continuing...

Daily Links 20 December 2004

Don’t Bum to the Monks Thailand’s National Buddhism Office has proposed that Thai cigarette packs carry an additional consumer warning, that “‘Donating cigarettes to monks is a sin.’” If the Wall Ain’t Broke Florida State Senator Daniel Webster said last week that he is “exploring the possibility” of proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal Florida’s separation of church...

Daily Links 01 December 2004

Fiddler Beneath the Gun Impaling a head on a pole and putting a cigarette in his mouth? That was pretty bad. Audio tape of “an Israeli officer pumping the body of a 13-year-old girl full of bullets and then saying he would have shot her even if she had been three years old”? Well, there’s...

Daily Links October 14 2004

Which Side Are You On? Two recent Revealer items are driving a lot of conservative readers to The Revealer. They’re angry with what they consider bias. One item links readers to a piece by a Vancouver writer who accuses the U.S. of religious fascism; the other item, by Revealer writer Kathryn Joyce, raises what we think are legitimate questions about...

22 July 2004 Daily Links

You can’t expect to find nuanced discussion of the role of religion in the lefty Nation, but occasionally you will find facts that’ll help you understand the big religion stories of the day. One of the biggest in recent years — mostly overlooked by the secular press — has been the mobilization of Christian evangelicals who...