Godbeat cop Terry Mattingly accuses the Los Angeles Times of pro-SSM bias for calling its advocates “reformists.” Nope.
I confess I was pretty excited to read on Huffpost that the Vatican had cleaned up some third-century catacomb frescos and unveiled a female figure with arms raised, acting like a priest. Holy Da Vinci Code!
The cover story of the new issue of Religion in the News pictures Pope Francis roaring into town on a Harley. And why not, after Steven Avella, Milwaukee priest and professor, witnessed His Holiness blessing the giant Hog rally in Rome last summe
If so, the paynim have won. New Jersey’s now got same-sex marriage, with GOP presidential wannabe Chris Christie throwing in the towel. Marijuana dispensaries are open in more and more states, and for the first time most Americans are cool with that. While the needle on abortion is stuck pretty much where it’s always been, there […]
Two years ago, the Bar Harbor Town Council granted a two-year lease in a park overlooking the harbor to establish a continuously lighted Christmas tree as a veterans memorial. Last month, the council terminated the lease, thereby incurring the Wrath of O’Reilly.
Last February, an email arrived in my inbox from Robert Bellah, the distinguished sociologist of religion who died yesterday at the age of 86. We’d never met but he’d read an old article of mine and wanted me to know how much he’d liked it — the rarest of occurrences in academia, whose stock in trade is showing other scholars they don’t know what they’re talking about. Bellah was not your run-of-the-mill academic.
On Slate, Emily Bazelon laments her colleagues’ lack of outrage at the revelations of the National Security Agency’s vacuuming up of data on what all of us are doing. In the New York Times, Ross Douthat explains it in terms of an internet motto: “abandon all privacy, ye who enter here. Privacy is soooo 20th century, no?
For over half a century, Gallup has been asking Americans whether they think the influence of religion is increasing or decreasing in the U.S., posing the intriguing question of what the results actually signify.