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Six-Word Journey

Tonight the PBS series “God in America” begins its epic tale of religion in America that we mentioned last week. “If there were urgent-care centers for people who’ve flipped their lids watching too much Fox News or MSNBC, the nurses there would strap these frantic citizens to gurneys and administer ‘God in America’ via a…

Jeff Takes C Street for a Night on the Town

As KtB founding editor Jeff Sharlet has been showing us for years, The Family has pretty much won over Washington with its brand of power-loving Christian fundamentalism. But can they handle New York? In celebration of the release of Jeff’s latest book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, we’re co-sponsoring a reading by…

Real Life Ghostbusting in Gotham

This just in, coming up at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, the home of Jay Bakker’s hipster church and the proof for the existence of Santa: NEW YORK PARANORMAL Real Life Ghostbusting in Gotham w/Dom Villela FREE LECTURE! Monday, October 18, 2010, 7:30pm Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211) It stands to…

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Reverend Phelps, Your Cause Is Just!

Occasionally KtB just can’t resist sharing its space with some of the wild letter-writers we hear from on a regular basis. They, after all, are part of the cacophony choir, to the exposition of which the site is so fervently devoted. Take, as a saner preface to this, Josh Garrett-Davis’ recent piece here on Fred…

God (in America) Coming Soon

A week from tonight, “God in America”, a film by Marilyn Mellowes, will begin on PBS. The six-part series will air over three consecutive nights. Ms. Mellowes is quoted in this morning’s New York Times saying: “America cannot possibly be understood without understanding the role that religion has played over the centuries. And that role, the series…

Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: Live in New York

Old-time Buddha-killer Joel Heng Hartse has a new book coming out in a few days, Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record, and those of you in New York can catch him live for a reading. October 15th, 7 p.m., at All Things Project at the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village. That’s…

Atheists Know the Most about Religion

Appalachia-lujah!

For all you Buddha-killers in the greater DC-area, don’t miss the chance this weekend to get riled up with Reverend Billy and shout out against the misbegotten idea that blowing up mountains is a good way to get your energy. Join the good Reverend and the Mountaintop Gospel Choir at Appalachia Rising, a mass mobilization in…

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A Very Frustrated Man

From the KtB inbox, courtesy of Jim Long of Arkansas: Gordan Haber [sic] is a very frustrated man. That frustration came through loud and clear when he heard my own responses to questions about why I embraced the Torah and observed the Seven Laws of Noah. He seemed unimpressed how, through Torah study, I’d gotten…

Murder (Actually) in the Cathedral

The Church of St. Joseph—the magnificent Catholic church in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, that recently hosted a KtB-sponsored medieval music concert—is at it again. Last time it was love, this time it is death. The church is going to be the living stage for a production of T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, which tells…

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(Dear God’s elect,)

A nice piece of spam arrived in the KtB mailbox this morning. No doubt in the future such snippets will be treated as wonderful artifacts, pieces of folk art whose implicit tragedy and quixotic hope cry out from beneath a greedy fiction. (Dear God’s elect,) I am touched by God to hand you over this…

Jesus Died For This? Hits The Road

Buddha-killer Becky Garrison has two upcoming events coming up to celebrate her new book, Jesus Died for This? A Satirist’s Search for the Risen Christ: Episcopal Village-East Event (Baltimore, MD) Book launch for “Starting from Zero with 0$ and leading a workshop September 24-25, 2010 http://episcopalvillage.org/ Becky Garrison: Jesus Died for This? Conversation and Dessert…

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Catholics: Get Out and Stay Out

Howard of W. Bloomfield, MI, writes, with regard to Mary Valle’s “The Cock Crows“: Mary dismisses Rice saying: “she’s out of Catholicism and I’m in and out every day. And aren’t all Catholics in and out?” No. Some of us got out and stayed out. I was a Catholic until I decided I didn’t think…

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Organized Religion Is Corrupt!

In regard to Mary Valle’s essay “The Cock Crows,” Darrell from California writes: I am not Catholic and I am a Jew who has been in and now out of organized religion. Organized religion with its financial needs for buildings and paid professionals, its rationalizations for history and present conduct, and the people in it…

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Obama: A Really Lousy Muslim

Our very own Stephen Prothero has been sticking it to Franklin Graham on CNN, where the son of “America’s Pastor” has been on an offensive against Islam and, in the process, stirring up libel against the president. Far short of getting into the finer points of Qur’anic interpretation, all the Proth really has to do…

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“The famous, as we know, are nuts.”

Read “moving” and can’t get enough of Eileen Myles? Wanna know how to honor a dead poet and how to get hate mail that persists for a quarter century? (HINT: You can do both at once!) Yup, that’s the rockstar book trailer for Inferno (a poet’s novel), which is available only from OR Books, the…

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Hipster Xians in Brooklyn

If you didn’t get enough Jay Bakker from Joseph Huff-Hannon’s “Happy Hour Gospel” last week, be sure to check out our friend Nicole Greenfield’s new essay at Religion Dispatches: “Cooler than Thou: Will Hipsters Wreck Christianity?” Bakker constantly reminds people in his sermons that his life and experience, his relationship with Jesus is no better…

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Jesus Died for This? (You Can, Too)

Buddha killer Becky Garrison has published a new book. Jesus Died for This? A Satirist’s Search for the Risen Christ. You should buy it. But if you’re broke, we have an extra copy we can give you. We would like you to have it, to read it, to tell all your friends about it. But…