Talking Religion at 30,000 Feet

Religion Enters the Academy: The Origins of the Scholarly Study of Religion in America by James Turner University of Georgia Press , 2011 I lie a lot on airplanes. Not in any way that should upset the TSA or anything like that—just to the question “What do you do?” I don’t like admitting to strangers … Continue reading Talking Religion at 30,000 Feet

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I Got a (Kinda) New Blogging Gig

I'm taking a small step up as a blogger. I've been blogging as a guest blogger over at Religion Dispatches for a while now. I've been writing a weekly review of religion in the news and I've also done some other posts here and there. I usually post a portion of these peices here and … Continue reading I Got a (Kinda) New Blogging Gig

Religion Dispatches: Julian Assange Nativity, Castro’s Hanukkah, & a Burger Blessing

Jesus will return on May 21, according to a billboard in Omaha. He really can’t get here before tax day? The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights sent nativity scenes to all 50 state governors. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is represented in nativity scenes in Naples, Italy. A Dallas, Texas megachurch pastor is compiling a list of business that … Continue reading Religion Dispatches: Julian Assange Nativity, Castro’s Hanukkah, & a Burger Blessing

Everything I Learned About Hanukkah Was On TV

I've got a new post up at Religion Dispatches where I present a different Hanukkah TV clip for each night of the holiday. If you haven't seen the Hanukkah episode of The Nanny than you have missed out. Check out the videos here.

‘Atheizing’ the Dead, Religious Doughnuts, & Tax-Free Witching: The Week in Religion, Poetically

Inspired by Mormon baptism practices, Atheize the Dead offers to convert your deceased loved one to atheism. The Hartford, Connecticut city council found itself in hot water when it proposed a Muslim invocation for one of its pre-meeting prayers. After its website was inundated with protests against the planned invocations, the council decided to cancel prayers of … Continue reading ‘Atheizing’ the Dead, Religious Doughnuts, & Tax-Free Witching: The Week in Religion, Poetically

Shariah-Approved Sex Aids, Abstinence-Only Goes to China, and Abercrombie Hijab…The Week in Religion, Poetically

Ramadan is not only a time for fasting, it’s also a time for the best television around the Muslim world. A television serial in Egypt has stirred controversy: The Group explores the world of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition movement. Similarly, a Syrian serial, What Your Right Hand Possess (it sounds better in Arabic) has drawn … Continue reading Shariah-Approved Sex Aids, Abstinence-Only Goes to China, and Abercrombie Hijab…The Week in Religion, Poetically

The Week in Religion, Poetically

A limit of two stories about the not-a-mosque not at Ground Zero: First,I can’t get “We’ve Got To Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero" out of my head. It’s mix of offensive lyrics and campy Toby Keith rip-off vocals makes it funny and pathetic at the same time. Plus, it’s catchier than the Bed Intruder song. Second, … Continue reading The Week in Religion, Poetically

This Week in Religion, Poetically

My roundup of this week's religion in the news can be found over at Religion Dispatches.  My favorite story this week has to be Ricky Williams leading meditation classes.  I'd pay for that.

Bringing you the week in religion

I've got a new gig over at Religion Dispatches writing a weekly review of religion in the news. Check out my first attempt.