"We are shattered," said one of the foster parents whose baby is to be transferred under a court order to a heterosexual couple, ostensibly for the child's well-being.
Amy Berg's disturbing documentary on the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect zooms in on a story that oozes with archetypal evil.
A look at the day's political happenings, including how Paul Ryan's 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney's 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state's voter ID law for the 2012 election.
During periodic interviews in which church elders asked Adam Streeter whether he touched himself, the boy endured the agony of being forbidden to be fully himself.
Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party.
Mormonism is not the quintessential “American religion,” to use Tolstoy's words, just because it got its start in upstate New York. The church has long embodied notions and practices that drive contemporary American capitalism. And those ideas, as author Chris Lehmann demonstrated last October in Harper’s Magazine, remain central to the shaping of national economic policy.
Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, DC, has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year (more).
Morris' film has a giddy quality. But, essentially, he is trying to keep a straight face amid the chaos he is recounting. Come right down to it, what could a filmmaker add to this story by striking attitudes toward the events he recounts? Strange are the ways of love—not to say, in some cases, totally weird.