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The Ultimate To-Do List

An excerpt from Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments.

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Speaking in Tongues of Fire

Glossolalia–not just for Pentecost anymore.

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The Klan Never Ends

When Gospel According to the Klan was published in 2011, the reactions to the book surprised me at first. I had some white people, including scholars, tell me that the Klan was an artifact of the past, or a fringe movement of little consequence. While I might have written about the 1920s Klan, they were…

Anna Nussbaum Keating

Not Weird Enough

According to the author of a new Catholic handbook, eucharistic adoration should be the new yoga.

Torn and tattered Confederate Flag

Battle Flag

I’ve lived my entire life in the South, first Georgia and now North Carolina, but I’ve never paid much attention to the Confederate battle flag, the so-called stars and bars. Despite some ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and several childhood family vacations spent navigating cannons, split-rail fences, and museums filled with the tattered remnants…

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White People Problems

A Time For Burning after Ferguson.

Killing the Buddha

Saint Frances and the Minimum Wage

What does Saint Francis have to do with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 an hour? Other than befriending and becoming one of the poor, the Italian Catholic friar that preached to the birds has nothing to do with the lowest hourly remuneration in the birthplace…

Bharath Joshi

Whose ‘India First’?

Baba Ramdev’s incarnation of history in the recent election.

Venkat Srinivasan

A Tribute To Thanjavur

In South India, everyone’s paying homage to somebody.

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This Mutant Genre

The introduction to a new anthology Radiant Truths: Essential …. Essays on American Belief

Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

Dream Palace of the Revolution

How will Yemen’s sacred places of protest be remembered?

The Naked Pastor, www.nakedpastor.com

The Day U.S. Evangelicalism Died

As reported in Religion Dispatches, on December 16th, 2012, U.S. evangelicalism uttered its last breath. On this day, Fox News pundit Mike Huckabee (a.k.a. Mr. “More Conversation, Less Confrontation”) joined forces with Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer to proclaim that the school massacre in Newtown,…

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Monumental Lies: Jefferson, Reconstructed

Why we should be afraid of the vision David Barton–and Kirk Cameron–hold for America. Somewhat afraid.

Rev. Sekou preaching at KtB's Tin Anniversary Spectacular in 2010. Photo by Aslan Chalom.

Call Received

An interview with Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou.

From the Guardian, 1856.

Napoleon’s God Vote

Something marvelous from the archives of the Guardian, from 1856:

Killing the Buddha

Files from The Family: The Psychotic and the Spy

The other day I had lunch with a Presbyterian minister who had some minor but firsthand experience with elitist theology of the Family, the avant-garde of American fundamentalism that I’ve written about in two books, The Family and C Street. The clergyman had read The Family and wondered, in the end, whether the Family’s abuses of…

Personal Collection of Harvey Milk.

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…

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Norway Worships Warship, Not Its Namesake

Attention, everyone: the Norwegian navy just got a new warship. It is 440 feet long, featuring anti-surface naval strike missiles, Sea Sparrow missile air-defense missiles, and an anti-aircraft gun and torpedo system. I’m not usually a follower of Scandinavian military technology. But this ship has an unusual name: HMNS Thor Heyerdahl. Maybe you recognize it.…