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Joshua Feuerstein Tries and Fails to Rationalize His Video Calling for Attacks on Planned Parenthood

The other day, I posted a video clip in which Christian evangelist Joshua Feuerstein told his followers to go after doctors who provide abortion services.This wasn't metaphorical, either. He said very clearly in the clip: "I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it's time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life."

Recent Typeface Design and Calligraphy from Daniel Mitsui

We have much work to do in the rebuilding of Catholic culture, and in this “slow evangelization” (as Stratford Caldecott called it), liturgy can be compared to the right hand, the fine arts to the left hand. I found myself thinking about...Show More Summary

Joshua Feuerstein: Let’s Punish Planned Parenthood; Abortion Doctors Must “Be Afraid for Their Life”

It was only a matter of time before a video like this came to light.Joshua Feuerstein, who gained notoriety this month for complaining about Starbucks' red cups, apparently once encouraged his followers to go after doctors who provide abortion services.To be clear, this video was made long before this weekend. Show More Summary

It’s Astonishing What This “Quality” U.K. Newspaper Can Get Away With Saying About a Religious Minority

Here's how columnist Giles Coren, a 22-year veteran of the London Times, announced his disgust of Jews yesterday.God, I hate Jews. I don’t think there can be a group of people on earth more convinced of their own rightness, more dismissive...Show More Summary

The Satanic Temple’s Seven Tenets Are Far More Ethical Than the Ten Commandments

The Satanic Temple has "seven fundamental tenets" -- none of which would strike most people as evil in any way:

CJ Werleman’s The New Atheist Threat: A Caricature of a Cause

I suspect there are few experiences as potentially awkward as publicly reviewing the creative work of someone you know.In his most recent book, The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists, CJ Werleman lists me (as well as Nathan Phelps and a few others) as a friend... Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Link List

Thanksgiving is More Religious Than Christmas – Last week I spoke with a woman whose family—and extended family—exchanges gifts the first week in December, in order that the focus on Christmas Day itself will be all about Christ. I thought of her when I read this article, though as the new car advertisement says, ‘Your […]

Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price

  Brave New Films exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executives. (2:22) – How Walmart Destroys Communities – Whether it's a family rum hardware store or a small eye glass store, when Walmart opens in small towns like Middlefield, Ohio long established, independently run […]

Wednesday Link List

First, because nothing speaks to the advent of our Lord’s coming better than Hello Kitty: Just one month today until the jolly fat man (not John Hagee) comes to visit. Kent Dobson, Rob Bell’s successor at Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI is stepping down. See the announcement here. Even though I write a […]

NYT Writer David Brooks, Without Explanation, Links Secularism to “Nationalism, Racism”

In one of his most slippery columns to date, New York Times columnist David Brooks opines on the peace that, for many, can be found within holy texts. Mining wisdom and contentment from a religious book is, of course, fine as far as it goes. Show More Summary


It’s probably the world’s most-used (and overused) acronym on emails, but not everyone actually laughs out loud in the course of a day, or for some, even a week. For many people, it’s hard to laugh right now. Circumstances are somewhat dark, or tense, or frustrating; you’re under a cloud. I get that. I’ve been […]

God and Guns: Part II

Patrick Blanchfield reflects on the long-standing entanglement of guns and religion in the United States. Part 2 of 2.

Candace Cameron Bure Attempts (and Fails) to Defend Creationism on The View

This morning on The View, co-hosts Joy Behar and Candace Cameron Bure (who happens to be Kirk Cameron's sister) got into a debate about Creationism. Actually, to call it a debate is unfair, because Bure didn't actually bother defending her Creationist beliefs.The conversation began when the panel discussed Dr. Show More Summary

Republican Efforts to Bar Syrian Muslim Refugees Present a National Security Risk

The brutal ISIS attacks in Paris last week paired with another gruesome suicide bombing in Beirut shook the global community to its core, and with good reason. Images and accounts from the ground were the stuff of nightmares -- nightmares...Show More Summary

The Comedic Resurrection of Rapper MC Jin

He was a Ruff Ryders rapper. Then he met Jesus and kept rapping. Now he’s giving comedy a shot. The post The Comedic Resurrection of Rapper MC Jin appeared first on OnFaith.

Wednesday Link List

Of course, there are probably things more important than coffee cups we should be concerned about… …Time to kick off another edition of the news roundup where other news roundups get their news roundups, unless they get it from another news roundup or don’t borrow from another news roundup…  …But first, we’re pleased to note […]

Spirits Rejoice at Notre Dame

David W. StoweNo question that our colleague Jason Bivins brought down the house during a session devoted to his book at the fall Seminar in American Religion hosted by Notre Dame's Cushwa Center earlier this month. Cushwa clearly kicked...Show More Summary

In Praise of Bill Maher

Writing for Salon, which is always a scary way to begin a sentence, Sophia A. McClennen praises Bill Maher for posing provocative questions on Real Time that few people on TV dare to ask. It's not that he's always right -- he's not -- but he's willing to call out injustice as he sees it, even when it's coming from his own side:

How Megan Phelps-Roper Left the Westboro Baptist Church

If you knew her before 2013, Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of Westboro Baptist Church who would proudly picket at the funerals of soldiers, calling their deaths revenge for America's acceptance of homosexuality. She was carrying on the hateful ideology of WBC founder Fred Phelps. Show More Summary

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