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ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Delegates bow their heads on day one of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center September 1, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)   Original Filename: GYI0055603845.jpg

It’s the Theology, Stupid

Understanding the Republican disconnect, explained by one of the people who helped create it.

No Union upon any terms.
Th. Nast

(Dis)Integrating Church and State

Someone might be tinkering with God’s voting machine.

sarahpalinlego

Forgiving

An open apology to Sarah Palin. Really.

photo by David Katz/Obama for America

A Niche of a Prayer in a Vulnerable Place

A voyeur, a thief, and Barack Obama at the Wailing Wall.

Mansur al-Hallaj hanged and stoned.

How to Make a Martyr

When a death becomes larger than life, memory hangs in the balance.

"When I finally recognize his costume, I smile, shake my head, and say, 'Look at you!'"

Prime Directive

This Halloween, how about wearing a truly monstrous costume? A haunting excerpt from A Good War is Hard to Find

"Yeah, but don't you want to look good?"

How Do I Look?

As the old saying goes: If you’re not a slobby activist when you’re twenty, you don’t have a heart. If you’re not a fashion plate by thirty, it’s time to go shopping.

"Burma is a dangerous place! I know, I saw Beyond Rangoon!"

Motherly Love

Thus spoke Buddha’s mother: Fine, fine, be enlightened. But would it kill you to call now and then?

"A poverty that would keep us free."

It Makes Great Press

A group of New England Buddhists finds Zen in the art of panhandling–but at what cost?

George W. Bush and his "chief enabler."

The Gospel According to Dubya

What would Jesus do… about the president invoking his name?

Sudanese street scene

Drinking in Tongues

In Sudan, a wayward youth faces the wrath of Mom, Dad, and Allah.

Iraqi prisoner, Abu Ghraib prison; Virgin Mary statuette, Houston, Texas.

Our Lady of Minor Hostilities

A new icon emerges from Iraq.

John Kerry

John Kerry vs. Martin Luther

The Catholic Kerry preaches that it is Good Works, not Faith alone that justifies.

Bob Jones

Being Black at Bob Jones U.

A fundamentalist university enters the age of integration. Sort of.

Mitre Peak, New Zealand

Coming Home, O Lord, I’m Coming Home

An expat returns to America just in time for holy war.

Bagdhad, before the war.

Living with the Enemy

An American woman residing at a hotel in Baghdad sends word to friends back home of the horror and beauty she bears witness to.

Dr Strangelove, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love rapid dominance.

The Father of All Bombs

Meet the man who brought shock and awe to the world.

"The idea is to get the other side to quit by not firing a shot..."

Dear Doctor Ullman

An email exchange with Harlan Ullman uncovers the doubts of a defense intellectual.