Sikivu Hutchinson: While Jonestown as cultural “artifact” is perversely sexy—the object of near necrophilic projection and fantasy—Peoples Temple is a historical stepchild; its legacy an unwelcome reflection of the race, gender and class divide in “New Jim Crow” America.
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
Steve Hochstadt: As soon as we begin to discuss the earth’s climate, politicians suddenly have very definite scientific opinions. The same kind of scientific inquiry which has produced remarkable advances in our understanding of distant stars and tiny particles is suddenly unbelievable.
Peter Laarman: The chattering classes are all agog to learn from two Princeton economists that white working-class America has been having an even harder time of it than was suspected.
Rosemary Jenkins: This holiday offers the mourners of the dead the opportunity to remember them and to pray for them in order to purify the souls of those who have passed (made the transition) into the next world.
Each week is a continuing chapter exploring a human drama of biblical proportions along with vignettes about other groups practicing manipulation, exploitation and fraud.
Victor Narro: Our unhealthy lives as activists—whether as an organizer, policy advocate, lawyer, or researcher—is impacting the overall health of our movement for justice.
Robert Koehler: Not only is this cheap, bully humor, perpetuating a sense of feel-good superiority, it’s cluelessly Newtonian in a quantum world.
Walter Moss: To a Congress that is often beholden to special interests, including those of rich individuals and corporations, the Pope’s reminder of the need to pursue the common good and the welfare of the poor was a rather pointed rebuke.
im Davis. Ben Carson. Donald Trump. The GOP clown car. The Planned Parenthood attacks. The Pope’s misogynistic anti-abortion “forgiveness” gesture. After a brief holding pattern, the resurgence of aggressive Christian fascist dogma and moral policing of women’s bodies is back on the rise. The GOP’s full-throated embrace of its reactionary standard bearers—God, gays, guns and […]
Janet Phelan: While their agenda may sound very fringy and extremist in nature, the reality is that Christian Reconstructionism has achieved a profound impact on the Republican Party.
Larry Wines: Despite the essential shortsightedness and lack of imagination inherent in austerity, can there be anything better than knowing the spirit still abides to go where no one has gone before?
Walter Brasch: If the legislatures and other politicians want a Ten Commandments monument in public places, they must first become Jews.
Lawrence Wittner: If gun murders simply reflect a turning away from God, though, it’s hard to understand why gun violence is so much more prevalent in the United States than in other economically developed countries.