Posts tagged "culture wars"

Lite-Nite

‘Tis the season for embarrassing hysterics over occultism and the cruel, intimidating tactics of devil-worshipping trick-or-treaters. In the spirit of that season, the Church of England’s Bishop of Bolton, the Right Rev. David Gillett, proposes rescuing Halloween from its own pre-Christian roots, and renaming it “Lite Nite.”

Oh, My Godcast!

The NYT offers up as evidence that consumer hi-tech is the most awesome force in, like, history the new trend of church sermons by podcast — excuse me, “Godcast”! There are, of course, interesting questions to ask about how podcasting church sermons may effect the spiritual lives of individuals, pastors, and congregations; but the Times...

Religion Reporting Without Religion

The NYT‘s Gardiner Harris manages to report an entire religion story without one reference to religion. And we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. The story is the latest maneuver in the ongoing FDA struggle over the “morning-after pill,” set into motion in part by the radical evangelical activism of FDA advisor Dr. W....

A Time Before the Word “Fuck”

Bernard Goldberg became a hero of the right when he published Bias, his insider account of what he argues is CBS’ liberal agenda. Now, he’s back, with another hard-hitting expose: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37). Very few conservatives make the list, but Goldberg says that’s beside the point....

18 May 2005 Daily Links

Everything but the longing: Peter Bebergal: “I have begun collecting psychedelic music again, almost twenty years after I traded my entire original collection for bag of pot, mostly seeds and stems. I have been scouring Web sites and magazines, trolling greater Boston’s underground record stores and talking to people about this resurgence of psychedelic music...

Daily Links 10 November 2004

Let It Boil Bob Jones U. has a glorious message for Bush, lest he be tempted to the “paganism” of bipartisanship: “You owe the liberals nothing.” Culture warriors reporting for duty! Or, as theRev. Bob Jones, III – a Stones fan, it seems — puts it, “let it boil.” Drink Me Breaking news: Houston Chronicle op-ed reveals a previously...

28 October Daily Links

What are you going to dress up as for “Demonic Spirit Day”? That’s what some evangelicals are calling Halloween this year. Dahleen Glanton of The Chicago Tribune covers the bases on this perennial story that’s taken on a new twist this year, since Halloween has fallen on Sunday, the Christian sabbath. Some Christians propose at least moving it to Saturday, which...

30 September 2004 Daily Links

Creationism in a lab coat: “better to appear scientific than holy.” Wired News‘ Evan Ratliffreports on the “Intelligent Design” (ID) movement to introduce antievolution theory into classrooms — recently successful in Ohio, where a school board has voted to change state science standards, and mandated that biology teachers “‘critically analyze’” evolutionary theory. Scientists widely dismiss ID as...

29 September 2004 Daily Links

“‘In a sense we’ve been having Sukkot the last two weeks!’” Florida Jews experience a more literal celebration of Sukkot, a holiday that traditionally calls on them to dwell in temporary structures that expose them to the elements. Amy Sherman, of The Miami Herald, reports on congregations that are rebuilding homes instead of constructing sukkahs, or otherwise...

28 September 2004 Daily Links

Chris Walton of Philocrites points us to religion reporter Cathleen Falsani’s Chicago Sun-Times interview with Hugh Hefner. Falsani gets the obvious over with first: yes, Hefner considers himself “blessed,” and is a grateful, grateful man. Her exploration of the playboy’s “decidedly unconventional” spirituality (“‘I think sex is there for procreation and a good deal more.’”) goes well beyond look-who’s-thinking-about-God irony,...

The Gay Shall Inherit the Church

If you’re gay and Christian, you have one of two choices. By Jana Prikryl The intersection of homosexuality and Christianity has all the makings of a bad joke: A nun, a priest and a rabbi walk into a gay bar… The idea of there being people who answer to both gay and Christian seems especially...

27 September 2004 Daily Links

Banning gay marriage is, like, awesome! The In Defense of Marriage Coalition — many member churches of which have been accused of coercing parishioners to support Oregon’s ballot initiative, Measure 36, which would amend the state constitution to outlaw gay marriage — reaches out to young Christians with 20-somethings in ski hats, ’90s-era “alt” pop and the underlying...