New Japanese Prime Minister’s Wife Is All Sorts of Crazy…

The wife of Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s new prime minister, is a nut. “While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus,” wrote Miyuki Hatoyama. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very green.” The space-bound spouse has also been a musical actress, cookbook writer, designer and TV [Read More...]

The World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling, Part 1

I’ve been reading a book called Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling (Beacon Press, August, 2009) by Robert Kunzman. The book is a look at six Christian families and how they homeschool their children. Not every family fits the stereotype I know I have in my mind. Some [Read More...]

Iranian Leaders Want to Purge the Social Sciences

It doesn’t look good for students in Iran trying to get a legitimate education: Ayatollah Khamenei said this week that the study of social sciences “promotes doubts and uncertainty.” He urged “ardent defenders of Islam” to review the human sciences that are taught in Iran’s universities and that he said “promote secularism,” according to Iranian [Read More...]

Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Rejected in Indiana Town

There’s no good reason anti-discrimination laws should not be extended to people based on their sexuality and gender identity. But that doesn’t mean some religious people won’t try to justify their bigotry. The Goshen City Council in Indiana had a chance to offer protection to GLBT people. More than 500 people showed up to the [Read More...]

Interview with Michael Baigent, Author of Racing Toward Armageddon

Michael Baigent is the co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the book that provided the underlying idea behind The Da Vinci Code (that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child and the bloodline lives on). In fact, his last name is an anagram for a main character in Dan Brown‘s book. His work has been [Read More...]