Becky Garrison

Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).

Recent Posts by Becky

The Queer Smithsonian?

During my recent stay in San Francisco, I happened into the press opening for the GLBT History Museum. Located in the Castro District, the museum bills itself as the “queer Smithsonian.” It holds one of the largest archives of GLBT historical materials anywhere in the world. Upon entering the museum’s 1,600 square feet of gallery…

Have Yourself a Godless Little Christmas

When I penned a piece on the latest round of anti-God campaigns for Washington Post’s On Faith column, I observed how the tenor among atheists seems to have softened this year. Instead of trying to de-convert people of faith, most atheists and humanist groups simply want to create a space for themselves to celebrate the holiday…

Confessions of a Dead Sea Scrolls Groupie

At the age of nine, I fell into a into a life of preteen crime by stealing Tiger Beats to feed my David Cassidy fix. After outgrowing The Partridge Family, I vowed that never again would I succumb to the lures of fandom. I’ve mocked those who follow the trend du jour, whether it is prepubescent girls…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th marks the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those who have been killed by anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This event began when 250 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in 1998 following the murder of Rita Hester, a woman who was transsexual and a fixture in the Boston rock…

Killing the Buddha

Idiots with Wings

Bill Plympton’s animated Angel is a selfish and morally bankrupt man, a cartoon character who could give the Grinch a run for this money and probably scare the bejesus out of Tim Burton’s weirdest nightmare. As a haunting musical score weaves throughout the film’s stark gray images interspersed with specks of color, I could almost…

Tea Party and McCarthyism Mashup Quiz

Over at The Revealer I asked if Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are ushering in McCarthyism 2.0. As a way of exploring this question further, I propose a guessing game. See if you can figure out which quotes were said by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Glenn Beck, or Sarah Palin: We Americans live in a free…

Going to the Graves on Labor Day

I tend to avoid cemeteries. White marble slabs creep me out in a clown-like way. But when I arrived in Chicago on Labor Day, my hostess suggested that I check out a piece of Chicago’s anarchist past. We traipsed down to Forest Home Cemetery to pay homage to the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument. She explained to…

Killing the Buddha

The Temptation of St. Tony

American Jesus: Glam for God

After feasting on Andy Warhol’s rendition of the Last Supper at the Brooklyn Museum, I attended the opening of David LaChapelle’s American Jesus with some anticipation. After all, this noted postmodern fashion photographer, who has been shooting celebrities for magazines like Rolling Stone for over twenty years, got his start when Andy Warhol invited him…

“Jesus” for Sale

Cutting the Christian cheese at Book Expo America.

Believer, Beware at TBN

Even though I am not a pastor by any means, when I got an invite from TBN-New York to attend their open house for pastors, the offer of free food was too good to pass up. TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most-watched religious channel with 24 hours of…

A Kinder, Gentler Hitchens

When I picked up a review copy of Peter Hitchen’s Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, I half expected some of the same vitriol I found in his older brother Christopher’s bestseller God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. But whereas Christopher goes for the jugular by challenging his opponents to…

Episcopal Pride in NYC

On June 27, 2010, the Episcopal Diocese of New York put into practice their slogan “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” by marching in the NYC Pride Parade. This move visibly demonstrated that despite the stances taken by the American Anglican Council, The Church of Uganda, and others within the Anglican Communion, they stand in solidarity…

Andy Warhol’s Last Supper

A few months after Andy Warhol’s death on February 27, 1987, Vanity Fair published an article by Warhol’s friend, the art historian John Richardson. He stated, “You never understand Andy Warhol unless you know that he came from a very religious, Ukrainian Byzantine background and that he remained a church goer and a religious person…

Killing the Buddha

Eddie Izzard’s Comedy of Belief

As the progeny of a hippie college professor/Episcopal priest who dropped acid with Timothy Leary, I received an admittedly eclectic religious education. How many nine year olds can recite the Lord’s Prayer along with the lyrics to “The Vatican Rag” and “Plastic Jesus?” While other kids were watching the Three Stooges and other classic American…

A little nutzo, maybe?

Are Saints Sane?

Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture’s recent forum Religion & Madness: Spirituality & Pathology used the medium of theater to explore the connection between spirituality and mental illness. As a woman who tends to get demonized by select male Christian leaders for daring to speak my mind, I identified with the scene they presented…

Tripping with Tut

New York City seems to be hitting the Tutankhamun trifecta with three exhibits opening that highlight the ancient Egyptian burial rites.  Those desiring to revel in the King Tutankhamun’s (reign ca. 1336–1327 B.C.) bling will have to wait until April 23, 2010 when Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs comes to the Discovery…

Reverend Billy’s Un-Wedding Album

On Valentine’s Day 2010, over 50 straight couples gathered in the snow in front of the Bethesda Angel in Central Park for a mass Rev. Moon-style ritual of Unmarriage.  Led by activist and performance artist Rev. Billy, these couples signed certificates of unmarriage and ceremoniously suspended their vows. They promised to stay committed but unmarried…