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Hip to be Square: Between Faith and Flannel

Ashley Baxstrom: Maybe Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman haven’t yet convinced you that Mormons are cool? Perhaps the recent stream of “I'm a Mormon” billboards, taxi-tops and television ads don’t do the trick, even though one includes a guy with a hawk and another has a surfer girl? But that’s ok. When...

Arrested Development

Ashley Baxstrom:  It’s hard out there for a protestor. Occupying Oakland? Get arrested. Occupying Wall Street? Also get arrested (but don’t worry: there’s an app for that). Cornel West? Arrested (hey, twice in one week!). An almost-excommunicated Roman Catholic priest advocating women’s ordination outside the Vatican? You guessed it – arrested. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois...

Calling Nazi

Ashley Baxstrom: Thank God for celebrities, you know? Like, for real. Because without them, how else would conservative religious authors promote their books in new and exciting ways, am I right? Author and radio personality Teresa Tomeo has found her golden goose (or is it a calf?) to rail against in the recent remarks made...

First, Do No Evangelizing

Ashley Baxstrom: New in the world of right-wing medical care: meet the American College of Pediatrics, “a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children.” Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology at Grove City College and Clinical Advisory Board member of the American Association of...

God is in the Games

Ashley Baxstrom: As I made clear in a previous post, I am not a gamer nor techie nor even that good at using my smartphone. The best I can claim is having made it to the fighting-Jafar level of Sega’s Aladdin game. But connections between religion and the gaming world keep catching my...

Discount Jesus

Ashley Baxstrom: Jesus saves but maybe he shouldn't sell. At least, not cell phones. And especially not during Easter. The Advertising Standards Authority, which governs media advertising and operates kind of like the UK’s version of the FCC, this month banned a publicity campaign from UK mobile retailer Phones 4 U that ran...

Qu’est qui ce passe en France?

Ashley Baxstrom: What's up with France?  President Nicolas Sarkozy of France joined President Barack Obama here in New York last week to celebrate the 125th anniversary of France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US. The statue was originally dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886 in recognition of the French-American friendship established...

In Lieu of Hobbits

An interview with Jeff Sharlet about his new book of essays, Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithless, and the Country In BetweenSharlet is the bestselling author of  The Family and C Street and a contributing editor to Harper’s and Rolling Stone. Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College, he taught literary nonfiction through...

God is in the Kudzu

Ashley Baxstrom: I love summer – you’ve got the ice cream, the green trees, drinking out-of-doors, and the pleasurable sensation of sun bouncing off cement. What little nature we have in New York seems bursting with life, and I can walk through a park and feel, briefly, like I've been transported to a leafy paradise. But...

The Urgency and the Lunacy

A Q&A with biographer Deborah Baker, author of The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, released last month by Greywolf Press. by Ashley Baxstrom When biographer Deborah Baker came across a collection of letters at the New York Public Library, she opened a window into a particularly complex life. The letters told the...

Don’t Get Islam? Don’t Worry, There’s an App for That!

Ashley Baxstrom: Sure, you may have access to things like the Internet, where you can Google or search Wikipedia for Islam (actually, if you Google Islam the Wikipedia page is the first thing that shows up); you could study Islam in an academic setting; you could even become an expert...

Taking Gaga Off the Lebanese Shelves

Ashley Baxstrom: Not even a celebrity shout-out is enough to satisfy some. The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Lady Gaga’s latest album Born This Way has been unofficially banned in Lebanon on the grounds that it may be “offensive to religion” in general and Christians in particular. The office of censorship said it had collected CDs...