Posts tagged "HOLY WAR"

Spiritual Ammunition

Last year, four days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a special call to prayer for Iraq, “the hard eastern edge” of the “unchurched” Middle East. The time had come, declared the board, for a “Gospel explosion” of Saddam’s regime. “American soldiers are dying to assure the...

Iraqi Interventions

USA Weekend‘s cover feature on five soldiers and how their service in Iraq has strengthened their faith is doubleplusgood propaganda, a conflation of faith and fear, of religion and magical thinking. And The Revealer loves it. Iraqis make two appearences in the five accounts — one is a dying man, given the questionable benefits of Christian prayer by...

Exclamation Points!

Can you feel it? Shockwave! Today’s the big day when teen prayer warriors around the world go to war. Spiritual, that is. Read The Revealer‘s exclusive report by Elizabeth A. Castelli. Shockwave!   The Shockwave Gang

Shockwave Teen Prayer Warriors

A new original feature on The Revealer: “Shockwave,” by Elizabeth A. Castelli. Castelli, a visiting fellow at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media, prepares us for tomorrow’s “shockwave” of teen prayer, a new annual holiday of sorts designed to topple governments and conquer the world for Christ. Part of Shockwave’s appeal to kids is that they often...

Holidays in Haiti

With John Kerry‘s hair looming large on the newscape, Haiti has been returned to its “place” in the hierarchy of places that matter, or rather, don’t. Left unanswered are serious questionsfrom serious people about whether Bush administration officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich orchestrated a coup. And left entirely unasked by most of the press are questions about the peculiar timing...

The Voodoo Question

Most of the mainstream press has covered the violence in Haiti as if just learning about the country for the first time. Is the violence a civil war? A coup? Nobody can say. How involved is the U.S.? Don’t ask the press — they’re getting scooped by congressional hacks. Part of the problem journalists in Haiti...

Enlightening Iraq

We suppose it should come as no surprise that The Salt Lake Tribune, using a Combined News Service report, should give bigger play to the latest bit of Paul Bremer‘s diplomatic theology in Iraq, while The New York Times and The Washington Post pay little attention to the issue. Salt Lake City is a town that knows a thing or two about...

The “R” Word

There’s a valuable comparison to be found by slogging through this week’s New Yorker lead story (print only), by the normally-astute Jon Lee Anderson, on “the Shiite leader who says he can run Iraq” and The New York Times Magazine’s piece on “The Shiite Surge,” by the normally-gaseous David Rieff. But this time around Rieff gets the story, or at...

The Joy of Battle

“In the sitting room of a flat in Bloomsbury, Geoffrey Kirk introduces himself jovially as the man who is going to split the Church of England.” So writes Jamie Wilson in the British Guardian, deftly conveying with one sentence a crucial element of the potentially schismatic debates coming to a boil throughout the Anglican Communion (and, for that matter, many...

Cows — Sacred, Mad, and Bad

Religious fascism is a funny thing. Well, not really, but it is peculiar, especially in India, where to be a Hindu nationalist one doesn’t even need to be a Hindu. Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs — the Hindu nationalist movement will take ’em, writes Rajeev Bhargava, a political theorist at the University of Delhi in Dissent, a leftist quarterly...

Guantanamos All Around

British novelist Margaret Drabble calls Guantanamo “the Bastille of America,” and the imprisonment without trial of Muslims there one of the U.S.’s worst (current) sins. Why then, asks The Guardian‘s Nick Cohen, aren’t Drabble and other leftist critics equally incensed by the British Guantanamo, a London prison where Muslim men are being held based on information obtained through torture,...

Holy Wars

“Holy war” is not a term limited to militant jihadists; it’s a crucial lens through which to understand many of the world’s conflicts, from those where religion is front and center, such as Northern Ireland, to those in which religious belief adds to friction in more subtle ways, such as Congo. Following is The Revealer‘s guide...