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Pope Rejects Consumer Culture

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South Africa Prepares for World Cup, Prostitution

A plan to legalize sex work in time for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has many in the country upset. While supporters believe criminalization puts women in harm’s way, religious groups and others argue that “family values” trump the interests of both the national economy and individual workers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Lollipops, Flies and Veils: A Love Story

When confronted with the uncomfortable task of explaining sexual relations to the uninitiated, it’s often handy to look to the animal kingdom for reassuringly “natural” and helpfully vague metaphorical material. Just take the trusty birds-and-bees dodge, for example—or that old yarn your grammy told your ma about the lollipop and the flies. Wait, what?

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Leap of Faith

Barack Obama keeps trying to end the wars over culture and religion, and good for him. The 1960s are so 40 years ago. But Obama’s opponents, as well as some of his friends, won’t let him do it.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Heads to the Right

Barack Obama says he was erroneously “tagged as being on the left,” a reputation that served him well during the primaries. Now that he has the nomination secured, the candidate is trying to reinvent himself as a centrist. Take his endorsement Tuesday of one of George W. Bush’s signature policies, the “faith-based initiative.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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The Gospel According to ... the Boss?

Unitarian Universalist minister Jeffrey Symynkywicz is quite the Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, apparently. The Boston fan has studied Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics as though they were Scripture, and the end result is Symynkywicz’s new book—wait for it—“The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


This Summer’s Trilogy of Truth

Books have survived radio and television for the same reason they will survive the Internet. Human life is simply too complex to be represented by a news spot or a blog post.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


Inventing a Country-Club Muslim Marxist

Precisely on schedule, the usual assortment of right-wing operatives is preparing its expected assault on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Muslim Americans Losing Patience With Obama

According to a Pew poll, about 10 percent of Americans think Barack Obama is Muslim. The candidate has tried repeatedly to counter that “smear,” (the word used on Obama’s Web site) but a growing number of Muslim Americans are frustrated with the implication that there’s something wrong with them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama?s Church Drama

“The Colbert Report” host pokes fun at the constant outrage, scandal and scrutiny surrounding Barack Obama’s (now) former church.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Using Communion as a Weapon

Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied communion.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Parts Ways With Church

Having endured at least three rounds of controversy stemming from his 20-year association with Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Democratic candidate Barack Obama has decided to end his membership, telling reporters Saturday that he is sorry for the intense media attention his affiliation has attracted to the church and its members.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


The Creation

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God Guns Gas
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Free Gun With Purchase

A car dealership in Missouri has found its sales quadrupled after the introduction of an offer that gives customers a free gun with the purchase of any used or new vehicle. The promotion, which is said to be a response to Barack Obama’s recent comment on Midwestern voters who “cling to guns or religion,” continues until the end of the month.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Daniel Berrigan: Forty Years After Catonsville

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently spoke to Father Daniel Berrigan, who at 87 is observing the 40th anniversary of a crucial act of civil disobedience in Catonsville, Md. The priest offers Hedges a frank assessment of our times: “I have never had such meager expectations of the system.”

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Rejects Hagee

With the nomination well in hand, John McCain has at last rejected the endorsement of pastor John Hagee, who once suggested that the Holocaust was a case of divine providence. McCain stood by Hagee in the past, when the minister’s incendiary remarks about Catholicism and the supposedly divine cause of Hurricane Katrina first came to light.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush?s Commitment Problem

George W. Bush’s attempt to juggle Israel’s 60th anniversary, Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and his hostility toward Iran means that Palestinians lose again.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Introducing Our Deity of Unspecified Gender

This’ll no doubt create some semantic confusion among religious leaders and congregations alike, but the U.K.-based Movement for Reform Judaism is issuing a new prayer book that eschews gender-specific references to the Supreme Being. It might be a hard sell, considering the results of a survey that the Jewish group conducted in anticipation of the unconventional release.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


God and Gay Marriage

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Destroying a Village of Pedophilia

As the dust settles from the recent roundup of allegedly abused children from a fundamentalist retreat, some are asking whether saving these kids is worth the human cost.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE



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GodTube Cashes In

A European hedge fund just invested $30 million in a Christian-oriented video sharing site. The vast majority of Americans identify as Christian, and while the economy may be taking a nose dive, there’s still money to be made on Jesus.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Wright Up Your Alley

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The Nonsense Gap

Do white right-wing preachers have it easier than black left-wing preachers? Is there a double standard?

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Church, State and Campaign ‘08

We are letting religious fanaticism dominate the presidential campaign. The candidates have brought it on themselves with tedious references to their churchgoing piety. Now we’re all paying for it. Who cares what their preachers say?

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Only Half-Wright

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Why Celebrate Rev. Wrong?

As Jeremiah Wright gleefully tours the airwaves, inflicting severe political damage with almost every utterance, he is proving that racism isn’t the only obstacle to a black president.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


I’ve Had It With Rev. Wright

The media tour he’s conducting is doing a disservice that goes beyond any impact it might have on Obama’s presidential campaign.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Rev. Wright and the Press

After laying low for some time, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been speaking out about the controversy that has tarnished his name. The minister seemed to enjoy this encounter with the media, too many elements of which relied on YouTube to lay out the facts of their stories.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Is Pennsylvania Ready for a Black President?

Perhaps it was inevitable: The Democrats’ battle for the presidential nomination has now led us into the thicket of race and religion.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Rev. Wright Speaks

Lesser journalists continue to characterize the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons as hate speech, without ever having heard more than snippets of them. As Wright tells the great Bill Moyers, the meaning of his sermons has been deliberately distorted to achieve a political goal, and it worked. Updated.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Benedict’s Discomforting Message

The pope came to the U.S. as a quiet but forceful critic of “an increasingly secular and materialistic culture.” Almost any American who paid attention to his sermon Thursday had to be uncomfortable because all of us are shaped by the very forces he was criticizing.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Whose Elitism Is Worse?

It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an “elitist” following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion. Rarely does the Arizona senator—one of the wealthiest members of Washington’s most exclusive club—encounter such a tempting chance to masquerade as a populist.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Marie Cocco on Bitterness

The columnist argues that Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments will indeed work against him with white working-class voters.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Pope at the Pump

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Blame It on the Media

With the so-called scandal over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment, the media have once again abandoned impartiality and become active participants in the race for the White House.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Piles On in ‘Bitter’ War of Words

John McCain joined Hillary Clinton in critiquing Barack Obama’s characterization of small-town Pennsylvania’s (and by extension, perhaps, America’s) “bitter” outlook, telling a crowd of magazine and newspaper editors on Monday that Obama’s description represented “a contradiction from what I believe America is all about.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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New Clinton Ad Jumps on Obama’s Remarks

There are many opportunities, in every heated political campaign, for one candidate’s perceived slip-up to quickly provide the plot for another’s next TV spot. Here, Hillary Clinton’s camp has some Pennsylvania supporters weigh in on Barack Obama’s recent statements about their home state.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Just a Regular Gal

Hillary “Shot-and-a-Beer” Clinton has given us the perfect illustration of what’s so insane about American politics: the philosophical dictum that could be summed up (with apologies to Descartes) as “I seem, therefore I am.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


The ?Bitter? Battle

The Democratic presidential candidates are doing a splendid job of helping John McCain get to the White House.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher vs. the Pope

The “Real Time” host uses the recent raid on a polygamist compound to point a finger at the Vatican, which he calls “the Bear Sterns of organized pedophilia—too big to fail.” This wasn’t one of Maher’s more applauded closing numbers, but it’s not one you should miss.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Outrage Over Last Supper Orgy Image Rattles Vienna Museum

A Catholic Church-affiliated museum in Vienna was shaken up this week by a controversy that erupted over the display of an unconventional rendering of Jesus and his disciples sharing the Last Supper—and then some—in an exhibit called “Religion, Flesh and Power.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Steve Wasserman on Fidel Castro

What will history say about the implacable anti-imperialist and unrepentant revolutionary who has held power in Cuba for nearly 50 years? The publication of Fidel Castro’s and Ignacio Ramonet’s “My Life: A Spoken Autobiography” helps us understand the man and his myth.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE



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On Secular Fundamentalism

The battle under way in America is not a battle between religion and science. It is a battle between religious and secular fundamentalists. It is a battle between two groups intoxicated with the utopian and magical belief that humankind can perfect itself and master its destiny.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Is Wright Right About Racism?

Since the 1960s, bigotry has undergone an aesthetic makeover. Today, the most pernicious racists do not wear pointy hoods, scream epithets and anonymously burn crosses from behind masks. They don starched suits, recite sententious bromides and stage political lynchings before television cameras.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright
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Rev. Wright Can’t Catch a Break

Lost in the discussion of the Rev. Wright controversy and its impact on the Obama campaign is the fallout for the minister himself. Wright’s first public events since his sermons went YouTube, a revival in Tampa and a series of sermons in Houston, have been canceled. A third event, where he is supposed to be honored, has been downgraded to “pending.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


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