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Chris Hedges Testifies About the Lies and Losses of War

Journalist, author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges brought his years of experience in the world’s war-torn zones to bear on this challenging speech he gave in March for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War at New York City’s Riverside Church.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE

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AP / Mark Lennihan

Battle Over Ground Zero Intensifies

While many, including President George W. Bush, gave lip service to religious tolerance in the wake of 9/11, a backlash against Islam is mounting amid growing opposition to plans to include a mosque in the reconstruction around Ground Zero in New York City. And now, unexpectedly, the Anti-Defamation League has weighed in against the mosque.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE

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All the Rest Is Commentary

At the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan through July 30 is an exhibition called “All the Rest Is Commentary.” In it, Beth Grossman explores 12 Golden Rules from various world religions.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE

The Prophet Palin

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE

South Park

Man Who Made ‘South Park’ Threat Arrested

Looks like he just gave “South Park” some new material: Zachary Chesser, the man who posted a warning online suggesting that the cheeky cartoon’s creators might be in danger after they attempted to depict the Prophet Muhammad ...

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE

Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Shealah Craighead

Vatican Issues New Rules for Tackling Sex Abuse Cases

The Vatican is finally getting the message that it needs to get with the program in terms of addressing widespread reports of sex abuse by Catholic clergy members, with the Holy See releasing a new set of rules designed to speed up and step up the process.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / PrincessAshley (CC-BY-ND)

Russia Fines Art Mongers for Provoking Church

It is officially not safe to put Mickey Mouse’s head on Jesus’ body if you live in Russia. A Russian court has fined the creators of a museum show more than $11,000 on the grounds they incited hatred.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE

Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck: Talk show host, human pastry ... academic? The Fox Newser has launched an online “university” strangely devoid of classes on professional crying. But for $9.95 a month, you can enroll in—and we couldn’t possibly make this up—Faith 101, Hope 101 or Charity 101. Advanced classes also available.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Iran

It’s a short one this morning, class, so pay close attention: Noam Chomsky sounds off on the Iranian threat, Fox makes stuff up about the oil spill, some nutty professor is claiming Jesus was never crucified and trouble in Israeli academia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE

The HolyFather

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE    

Flickr / Spencer E Holtaway

Pakistan to Watch Web for Blasphemous Content

Eagle-eyed Pakistani officials will be fixing their gazes on major websites like Amazon, Yahoo, Google and MSN in an attempt to zero in on, and even block, content that might be considered offensive to Muslims.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE

Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ariel Schalit

Brown v. the Board of WTF

Tens of thousands of dark-suited ultra-Orthodox protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak on Thursday, angry at the arrest of parents who refused a court order requiring their children of European ancestry to go to school with Jewish children of Middle Eastern ancestry.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 READ MORE

Half Fool Half Empathy

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE    

Death of a Salesman

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE    

Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

Family Values and Glass Houses

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians on the one side and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists on the other.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE

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Anthony Kenny on ‘Atheist Delusions’

Can traditional Christianity survive the assault of its critics? Has it really been misunderstood and slandered by its cultural despisers?

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / JuditK (CC-BY-ND)

First Female Priest to Raise Italian Eyebrows, Blood Pressure

Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE

Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Ranoush. (CC-BY-SA)

How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE

Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE

If I Had a Hammer

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE    

AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE

Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE

Hava Nagila Edition

Noam Chomsky on “the evil scourge of terrorism,” Glenn Greenwald on White House reporters being afraid of the White House, plus: why you can’t be a cop in Papua, Indonesia, if you’ve had your penis enlarged.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE

‘Fake’ Bob Dylan Edition

Joni Mitchell calls Bob Dylan a “plagiarist” and a “fake,” GM sells more cars in China than in the U.S., and the short, bloody history of heaven.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE

What Would Benedict Do?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE

Better Dead Than Red

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE    

The Flock

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE

There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jae C. Hong

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

Daddy Dearest

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE    

How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE

The Crisis of Catholicism

I would think one judgment history will make on the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council (1962-65), under Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, will be a reproach for its failure to lift the rule of celibacy for secular priests.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE

Vow of Silence [A Cartoon From Austria]

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE

On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE

The Truth About American and Israeli Interests Comes Out

The relationship between the United States and Israel has always rested on a number of pretensions, politically useful to politicians on both sides, but because they are untrue, certain eventually to prove destructive to both countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE

NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser

She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / jonathan mcintosh

Beck’s Jeebus Boo-Boo

Glenn Beck has managed to piss off religious folk by ordering his listeners to “run as fast as you can” from churches that talk about “social justice and economic justice.” That doesn’t sit too well with Catholics, people who like to quote that justice-loving hippie Jesus and even Beck’s own Mormon church. (Audio after the jump).

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE

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Flickr / hikikomorix

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE

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Danish Paper Apologizes for Cartoon

A Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban has apologized for offending Muslims. The penitence was part of a settlement between the paper and eight Muslim groups. The apology has been denounced by other members of the Danish media, which previously stood united in rejecting calls to back down in the face of Islamic outrage over the cartoon.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE

Bible Study [A Cartoon From Germany]

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Scientologists Hire Journalists to Investigate Journalists

The St. Petersburg Times has done some in-depth reporting about the Church of Scientology that hasn’t always cast the organization in the best light, let’s say. The Times’ top brass must’ve known what they were getting into in opening that particular Pandora’s box, though, as the CoS ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Barker

Haiti Frees Most of the Jailed Missionaries

Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping have been sent packing by a Haitian judge, who said he had not finished questioning the group’s leader and nanny. The judge said that parents of children taken by the missionaries made statements in their defense, AP reports.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE

Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

Kidnapping Is Not Charity

Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kids—with vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” later—is no act of charity.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

Pink Pork Edition

Why pork is the new Viagra, tech companies need to stop treating women like girls and what documentarians do when the cameras are off. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE

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