Quick Notes: NAR on Fresh Air, Tribal Recognition, and an Iowa Daycare goes Christian

Just a few quick news notes for you on this Thursday.NAR on Fresh Air: I've written at some length on the Christian movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a group that's been getting increased media scrutiny lately due to their proximity to presidential candidates like Texas governor Rick Perry. However, as the recent blowback over the term "Dominionist" proves, there's quite a bit people don't know about this increasingly connected religio-political network of apostles and … [Read more...]

Just Because You’re Paranoid, Don’t Mean They’re Not After You

Forgive the nod to Nirvana, whose "Nevermind" is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but I've been reading an awful lot lately about accusations of paranoia regarding coverage of the Christian religious phenomenon known as Dominionism. For some reason Kurt Cobain sneering "just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you" kept entering my mind. Maybe it's a generational thing. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWgtTxvTUDA In any case, ever since the presidential candidacies … [Read more...]

Saami Concerned Over Arctic Expansion and other Pagan News of Note

Nadezhda Lyashenko. Photo: David Greene/NPR

Top Story: In the second part of a six-part series on the geopolitical ramifications of global warming in the Arctic, NPR's Morning Edition focuses on Russia's aggressive push to claim waterways and resources becoming available as the Arctic ice melts. One group that is particularly concerned over the rush to claim the Arctic is the indigenous Saami people, a group native to the Kola Peninsula of Russia. NPR interviews traditional singer Nadezhda Lyashenko, who discusses the environmental co … [Read more...]

The Christian Propaganda that Inspires Michele Bachmann

Republican presidential candidate Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is performing strongly in Iowa polls, and while some are skeptical that she has the momentum necessary to win the Republican nomination, we are often told to not underestimate her. So until such time as it becomes clear that Bachmann won't be able to grab the brass ring and face off against President Obama in 2012, or perhaps get the nod as a Vice Presidential candidate, we should take her potential rise to the executive branch of … [Read more...]


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