A Very Quch Christmas*

From the Wall Street Journal comes the story of a Klingon reinterpretation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The arc of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view.For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is … [Read more...]

The Runner Up Gets Eaten

There's only one thing I could possibly want to post on today:Happy Thanksgiving, I'll see you all on Friday. … [Read more...]

Update on Glee, Gays, and in-Groups

While I wait to see if my post yesterday ("Are Atheists a Side?") satisfies Dom, the commenter I was trying to address, I thought I'd share thoughts a recent piece I wrote for HuffPo (especially as I've written about Glee here before) and I've asked a few questions about religious communities at the end of this post.The article, titled "Glee's Gay Suicide PSA: It Got Worse" focused on the troubling example Kurt, the gay character, set for viewers, when he decided he had a duty to confront th … [Read more...]

Two Debates that aren’t about Religion

Unfortunately, I won't have time to do an appropriate post for Unequally Yoked today, but I thought I'd mention two other debates I'm embroiled in:I've written a piece for the Huffington Post titled "Yale Daily News Wrong to Condemn Outrage in Response to Sexism."  The whole controversy started when frat pledges marched around campus chanting "No means YES!  Yes means ANAL!"  Here's a preview of my take: The YDN editorial board puts the onus of defusing the controversy on the people who we … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/15/10)

--1-- Hands down, my favorite post in religious blogging this week was Julian Sanchez's post on the problem of an omnipotent God: Ned Resnikoff ponders the question. It seems to me that the answer is clearly “no,” but for a reason Ned doesn’t actually offer: It would require a good deal less than omnipotence to make a human perceptual system experience any demonstration of omnipotence you might care to suggest. So we might imagine God zipping you back to the dawn of creation so you can watch hi … [Read more...]

Mixed Salad and Separate Cultures

Still working on a paper, still making short, standalone posts.  Gevalt.This week, the New York Times Magazine supplement was entirely about food, and, although as a college student with a meal plan I am singularly uninterested in cooking, one of the articles caught my eye.  Food writer Frank Bruni tries to understand the success of the Basil Pizza and Wine Bar in a Hasidic neighborhood of New York City.Bruni marvels at the Basil's ability to attract Hasids, West Indian immigrant, and lib … [Read more...]

Chesterton’s Unlikely Heirs

Still trying to finish a paper, so again with the potpourri postsI've never heard a song by the band Insane Clown Posse, and, until yesterday, all I knew of them was that people who opened for them at concerts tended to be assaulted by their thuggish fans and that the duo's promotion of Faygo soda was discouraged by the owner of the brand.And then, I found out they were secret Christians.According to an interview in the Guardian, the two rappers are Evangelical Christians, and have … [Read more...]