Posts tagged "HOLIDAY SPECIAL"

What Not To Do On Ramadan

This Ramadan, The Revealer promises not to disturb our fast with: movies, masturbation, or cupping (that’s medical bloodletting, for all you infidels). Islam Online offers other helpful hints in its “Ask The Scholar,” column. Amusing? Sure. Complicated? Definitely. Too often the press translates non-Christian religious events into secular American terms of wholesomeness, family, and piety. These examples alone point to all the stories...

A Jewishy, Irishy, Yom Kippur Special

Years ago, Arthur Carter — publisher of The New York Observer, and, at the time, The Nation, for which I was then an intern — asked me what I was. “An employee?” I asked, confounded by the great man’s question. “No, no,” he said. “What are you?” “Um, a journalist?” Carter’s stare could not have been more withering. He...