In this age of overt commercialization of the holiday season—where no sooner have children returned from trick-or-treating than Christmas music is pumped through convenience store aisles on loop—Americans have become accustomed to the omnipresence of seasonal cheer. But, as Laurie Goodstein noted in The New York Times the this past week, there is a new band of interest groups wrangling for the holiday spotlight: “Just in time for the holiday season, Americans are about to be hit with a spate of advertisements promoting the joy and wisdom of atheism.”Read the rest of ‘Tis the season for reason.
Aaron Weinstein is a first year graduate student in the Department of Political Science at Brown University and a regular contributor to here & there. His interests include the intersection of religion and politics, specifically the American civil religion, atheism in the public sphere, and the political role of Christian evangelicalism. A graduate of Cornell University, he received his A.B. in both Government (magna cum laude) and History. His senior honors thesis, “The Religionsmiths,” examines the separate relationships between neoconservatism and each of the three main monotheistic faiths.
Posts by Aaron Weinstein:
As I noted in August, one in five Americans mistakenly believes that President Obama is secretly a Muslim. Yet more disconcerting than the fact that this propaganda has been so widely disseminated, is that one of Obama’s most recent strategies for combating the problem is simply giving in.Read the rest of Ceding ground to propagandists.
Glenn Beck’s track record of keeping promises may not be pristine (in fact, Pulitzer Prize-winning politifact.com has often given his statements a rating of “Pants-on-fire”), but the August 28 Restoring Honor rally seemed actually less political than past Tea Party gatherings.Read the rest of A new Great Awakening.
Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri has founded the United Kingdom’s first anti-terrorism camp, reports Dominic Casciani for the BBC.Read the rest of The UK’s first “anti-terror” summer camp.
As Michael Blood from the AP reported in an article on August 5, audio and transcripts from an interview Sharron Angle gave in April to TruNews Christian Radio indicate that the nominee’s opposition to “big government” is theologically motivated.Read the rest of GOP candidate Angle says U.S. guilty of “idolatry”.
The AP reports that Dr. Kenneth Howell, the recently scandalized adjunct instructor of religion at the University of Illinois, has been offered a position teaching a class on Catholicism this semester.Read the rest of U. of I. to renew controversial adjunct professor’s contract.