Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Academy Awards

Tonight’s winners at the 88th annual Academy Awards included a couple of films that exposed the worst practices within certain religious communities.

Spotlight, the film about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, took home awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay:


The film is remarkable, not just for its realistic look at a newsroom, but for taking the subject matter so seriously. You can’t watch that movie without feeling anger and shock at just how widespread the Catholic cover-up was.

But perhaps the most understated win came in the category of Best Documentary Short. It went to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for her film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness — a movie about faith-based honor killings.

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Podcast Ep. 96: Stephen Prothero, Author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars

Our latest podcast guest is Stephen Prothero, author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections).


Dr. Prothero is a professor in the department of religion at Boston University and the author of several books, including Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — and Doesn’t. You may have seen him on his appearances on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.

We spoke with him about why conservatives back losing issues, what issues will get liberals out to vote this November, and what surprised him during his research for the book.

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I Guess There is a Connection After All…

Bizarro World Jenny McCarthy was right!


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Electing Donald Trump Would Be a “Grave Mistake,” but Ted Cruz Says He Would Still Support Him

There are many things to be said about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump — the man who is not sure he can disavow support from former KKK leader David Duke, who wants to solve immigration issues with a wall that keeps growing taller, who fears that immigrants are rapists and other criminals, who wants to defund Planned Parenthood, who is routinely harassed by the IRS for what he thinks is his strong faith, etc.

With this many pitches right down the plate, you’d think his Republican rivals would hit these balls out of the park.

Instead, people like Ted Cruz have said that the wall-building-immigrant-hating-anti-reproductive-rights champion is somehow not conservative enough. Cruz knows that Trump is flying off the deep end. Cruz knows Trump has a temperament worse than children. Cruz knows that a President Trump may nuke Denmark on a whim. Cruz says he has no idea what President Trump will do in office. Cruz also thinks Trump lacks a core set of beliefs and values.

In short, Cruz thinks it would be grave mistake to elect him.

But if Trump is the nominee, he’ll help make that grave mistake a reality.


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One Benefit to Donald Trump: He Might Dismantle the Evangelical Voting Bloc

Maybe the strangest story coming out of the primary season so far has been that evangelical Christians seem to have no problem voting for Donald Trump, a serial adulterer who doesn’t ask for forgiveness and clearly doesn’t know the Bible.

For all we’ve been led to believe about the importance of religious labels and the culture wars, Trump is winning over evangelicals by being a xenophobic, insult-spewing jackass who offers zero substance and brings only bad ideas to the table.

Cartoonist Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle nails it:


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