Posts tagged "culture wars"

26 September 2004 Daily Links

The Last Temptation of Shazia: Salon.com’s Priya Jain interviews controversial female Muslim stand-up comic, Shazia Mirza, whose act — often focusing on politics and Muslim tradition (“‘The women in my family all use the same passport'”) — has garnered a number of death threats for the 28-year old teetotaling virgin. “We are not single issue voters.” Sojourners wonders about the other religious...

24 September 2004 Daily Links

The Republican Party admits to sending mass mailings to Arkansas and West Virginia residents warning that “‘liberals'” seek to ban the Bible as part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush, reports David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times. An Islamic scholar from Virginia, Ali al-Timimi, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges...

We See Empire

America finds a new all-purpose metaphor for discontent. By Kathryn Joyce Pat Buchanan sees the dusty ghost of the Roman Empire reincarnating itself in America today, and fears that it’s led us — by way of Iraq — to “the cusp of a perhaps inevitable decline.” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) sees waning glory too,...

21 September 2004 Daily Links

Exasperated by cell phones ringing during mass, four Catholic churches in Mexico are illegally jamming the cell phone signals with Israeli-made transmitters, of the kind used to protect officials from bugs and bombs detonated by phones. “Looking for the right man, the right chocolate, the right friends — and the right relationship with God.” The New York Times’ Joshua...

17 September 2004 Daily Links

The Republican National Committee sends mailings to West Virginia voters warning that the Bible will be banned if Democrats win in November. A provision that cleared the House of Representatives last week went under the radar in the rest of the news: the measure would prohibit local, state or federal authorities from requiring any institution or health care professional...

15 September 2004 Daily Links

Madonna, and entourage (including Marla Trump, Demi Moore, and Donna Karan), are scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem today to celebrate Rosh Hashana and participate in the international congress of the Kabbalah Center. While in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reports, Madonna/Esther will meet with several Israeli politicians and visit Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem — an itinerary stop that...

14 September 2004 Daily Links

“‘They’ve done so much with outlawing and restricting access to abortion that they’ve set their sights on birth control because there’s nothing else really they can do to further restrict abortion here in Wisconsin. Which is counter-intuitive because if you’re against abortion in the least you’d think you would see the value in enhancing access...

10 September 2004 Daily Links

Pew’s latest study finds that “Americans in most religious categories want laws to define marriage as between a man and a woman,” though Jews, “‘modernist'” Catholics, non-Christians and respondents with no religious affiliation all gave majority backing to same-sex marriage. A 57 percent majority of respondents answered yes to a more general question of whether homosexuals...

09 September 2004 Daily Links

A car bomb detonated outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta killed nine and wounded 173 just before Indonesia’s presidential election and two days before the anniversary of 9/11. Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terror group linked to al-Qaida, reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was punishing Australia for its involvement in the war...

07 September 2004 Daily Links

“It says something about a chasm in American culture that two groups that deride each other’s core beliefs use the same text to promote their own views.” Jeffrey Weiss of The Dallas Morning News takes a tour of Hollywood Hellhouse, a satiric restaging of the evangelical Halloween alternative that features a gay man dying of AIDS, a girl committing suicide...

17 August 2004 Daily Links

The Nashville Tennessean is still looking for the right candidate to fill its religion reporter’s job, vacated when Brian Lewis accepted a position at another paper. The Tennessean seeks someone with 3-5 years religion reporting experience, who likes to break news for A-1 in addition to filling a weekly religion page inside the local section. An...

12 August 2004 Daily Links

The Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf has had a dual historical role as both holy shrine and rallying point against foreign forces. Henry Chu and Teresa Watanabe of The Los Angeles Times focus on the mosque at the center of the showdown between Muqtada Sadr’s militia and U.S. troops. Najaf governor Adnan Zurfi reportedly gave permission to U.S. troops to fire...