Posts tagged "fundamentalism"

Commie Harry

“What really makes these critics hate Million Dollar Baby is not its supposedly radical politics — which are nonexistent — but its lack of sentimentality. It is, indeed, no Rocky, and in our America that departure from the norm is itself a form of cultural radicalism.” Frank Rich has Clint Eastwood’s back in the Christian conservative culture skirmish over Million Dollar...

The Past upon Its Throne

by Scott Korb A look at Jill Lepore’s The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History In her recent book, The Whites of Their Eyes, Harvard historian and regular New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore takes a close look at the Tea Party and calls it fundamentalist. The...

Not Your Mama’s Fundamentalism

Chris Armstrong recently posted at his blog, Grateful to the Dead, a brief history of fundamentalism in America.  The entry was originally written for the Encyclopedia of Religion in America which came out last month.  Here's an excerpt from his post introduction:
The basic argument of what follows is this: Fundamentalism in America changed after...

Panel May 27: The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era

As part of this year's Book Expo America at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, a panel will feature of The Revealer friends and family. The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:00PM - 3:00PM Location: Room 1E17 Why does American Fundamentalism continue to dominate the political landscape even though the power...

Who’s Afraid of the Free Speech Fundamentalists?: Reflections on the South Park Cartoon Controversy

Recent days have, alas, been marked by a sense of déjà vu all over again for scholars of contemporary Islam. On April 14th, the American cable network Comedy Central aired the first half of a double episode of the immensely-popular cartoon sitcom “South Park.” The episode specifically parodied Islamic prohibitions on the pictorial representation of...

If Brooke Hurley Had Breasts, She Would Not Be Dancing With Ben Tel

12 January 2006 Sharlet: Lest anyone think my taste for stupid dick jokes is limited to making fun offundamentalist swordsmen, a link to a rare exercise in Jewish adolescent fiction kindly published by my comrades at Killing the Buddha. Of course, the real joke is that the right wing magic sword thing is true, while the mundane...

Poppa’s Got A Brand New Sword

11 January 2006 Fundamentalists get Freudian, for real. “With the right hand of my righteousness.” Do you experience erectile dysfunction? Would you like a little more size? Pastor Rod Parsley wants to help — he’ll turn your “male headship” into a deadly weapon with extra inches. Pastor Rod is the fundamentalist feudal prince of Ohio,...

The First Amendment Center and Its Influence

Alan Elsner of the San Diego Union-Tribune misses at least one culture-warring beat in his report on The Bible and Its Influence: a new, 387-page glossy edition of the King James Old and New Testaments that aims to reestablish the Bible as an academic text for public schools, to be used in a “nonsectarian, nonreligious...

NYT Chuckles at Fundies, and Does Their Work for Them

Jeff Sharlet: Are U.S. military chaplains promoting homophobia and discrimination against non-Christian women on taxpayer time? The New York Times reports that New Life Ministries plans to send 6,000 sexual abstinence kits, titled “Every Soldier’s Battle,” to U.S. military chaplains who’ve requested them as counseling tools for soldiers. The Times notes that the kits are...

No Compromise

Intelligent Design earns another foe, this time from a less-obvious place. Fr. George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory and astronomical research and educational division of the Church, has dismissed Intelligent Design for dismissing God — for trying so hard to secularize the key concept of a “designer,” so that it doesn’t come across as...

J-Post, Christian Edition

Chris McGreal of The Guardian reports on the plans of Israeli’s oldest English-language paper, The Jerusalem Post, to launch a new Christian edition, assembled in connection with the International Christian Embassy (which is campaigning agains Israeli divestment plans being discussed in the Presbyterian and other churches), to bolster readership among American Christian conservatives. As for...

No Dating, No Context

Zain Shauk writes: In describing a Muslim father’s concerns about his daughters’ virtue, Robert King of the Indianapolis Star writes, “the Abdur-Rahmans have not hesitated to apply some of the more restrictive aspects of Muslim life to their kids: No dating. No interactions with the opposite gender unless closely supervised by an adult.” What an alien idea. So conservative Muslims...