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What's more American than church and beer!

What’s more American than church and beer!

by Ashley Baxstrom Forget everything you think you know about America.
In Jesus' Name - Right Hook!

In Jesus’ Name – Right Hook!

By Ashley Baxstrom The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is, you talk about Jesus at Fight Club.
Atheism vs Religion: The Final Countdown?

Atheism vs Religion: The Final Countdown?

What’s missing here, and in so many similar arguments, is that religion works.

Legislating Holy Scripture in Ohio

Ashley Baxstrom:  Ohio just keeps embarrassing the buckeye out of me (and that’s only on Jezebel). I can’t get a break. This week, however, it’s more of a middling sigh-and-shake-my-head feeling than an outright pounding in my temples. The culprit? Anti-abortion demonstrators protesting at the state Capitol. What are they...

Put on your Sunday (Law)suit

Ashley Baxstrom: In squint-at-the-screen-to-be-sure news, The Raw Story reports that a church in Oregon is suing a woman for posting negative reviews on Google. Of course it’s more complicated than that. To review: Julie Anne Smith left the Beaverton Grace Bible Church a few years ago. She claims she and her family were shunned by...

America’s Buddhist Sister Act

Ashley Baxstrom:  In case you missed it - we’ve already covered that Catholic nuns are having a hard time of it of late, what with the Pope calling them radical and all. But we just wanted to shine another spot of light into all that darkness. Good news under the general heading of...

His Holiness Gets Huffed

Ashley Baxstrom: The Huffington Post announced on Friday that its very own Arianna Huffington – the Post’s namesake? Editor? Aggregator General? Blogger in Chief? – will interview the Dalai Lama on May 14th. His Holiness will be awarded the prestigious Templeton prize, which “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s...

RT if u <3 da Sistas

Ashley Baxstrom: You’ve probably heard at this point about the Vatican’s statement concerning what it considers to be the wayward actions of its sisters in faith. You can refer to The Revealer’s “Radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” for the basics, including how nuns were “reprimanded for making public statements that ‘disagree with...

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,...

Easter Riot

Ashley Baxstrom: It’s a curious culture we live in when a children’s event has to be cancelled because people are acting belligerently. It’s troubling even – or maybe especially – when it’s a religious children’s...

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...