Posts tagged "iowa"

I’m Not Religious, I Just Love Meditation

Amy Levin:  While the image of Oprah endorsing transcendental meditation is about as banal as a priest offering the sacrament, the Queen of the New-Age spiritual marketplace has sold spirituality to those in her pews again. Oprah’s bricolage-like church offered this week’s sermon via her show Next Chapter on the OWN network: transcendental meditation...

Searching Herman Cain’s Soul. In Iowa.

By Andy Kopsa  Standing before a crowd of reporters at the Friar’s Club in New York, Sharon Bialek told her story.  With her lawyer Gloria Allred at her side, Bialek painted a picture of an unwanted sexual encounter in a parked car in Washington DC: what she was wearing – pleated skirt, suit jacket; a pleasurable dinner and...

As Goes Iowa:
The Family Leader, Religious Politics and 2012

by Andy Kopsa America’s culture wars are at full throttle: defunding Planned Parenthood, chipping away at a woman’s right to an abortion – and if possible taking away that right altogether, preventing or ending gay marriage (because it could lead to Sharia law), enacting Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to “restore religious liberty” that was never...

A “Kook, Weirdo, Nutjob, Whacko” Gets His Gun

A Sioux City, Iowa man was denied a gun license by Sheriff Douglas Weber because, said the sheriff, Paul Dorr's gun ownership was a "concern for the public.  Don't trust him."  Dorr and his son Alexander have been long known in their community for frequent political activities including distribution of leaflets, protesting, and letter...

Gays Get One Tent

Mary Valle:
O. Kay Henderson at Radio Iowa reports that a gay-marriage opposing state senator Merlin Bartz wants to stop more-inclusive "spouse" language in the Department of Natural Resources' rules. Family and non-family rates are the same, but families are allowed to set up more than one tent on the same...