Fatwa Against Body Scans

February 20, 2010 / 0 comments

Fiqh Council of North America issues fatwa against airport body scans: “It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women. Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their…

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Church of England calls for Technology Fast

February 20, 2010 / 0 comments

The Tearfund carbon fast asks that we give up technology and re-allocate to the poor.    The Telegraph reports that Bishops in the Church of England are calling for a technology fast during Lent: “[The technology fast] is a statement [of solidarity] with a world that does not have that ability to communicate the way…

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Consumer Temples

November 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Gizmodo reports on Apple’s newest retail store on the upper west side of Manhattan.  The article is called “Inside Apple’s Newest Temple” and in it the author writes: I call it a temple because the architecture conveys a nearly religious aesthetic, a place to worship Apple, beyond any other Apple store you’ve ever been to….

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Teaching Speciesism: The McDonald’s Talking Fish schools Consumers on Complicit Complacency

August 30, 2009 / 0 comments

The McDonald’s “Talking Filet-O-Fish” commercial opens with a wide shot of a garage. A heavy, bearded man sits with a McDonald’s bag and drink on the table in front of him. He seems comfortable, content, and average as he holds a sandwich in his hand. When he takes a bite of the sandwich the shot…

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Slayage

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

I came across “Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies” today. It’s difficult to look at any neo pagan online community without finding frequent references to Joss Whedon’s television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” One of the most often used quotes about wicca, for example, is this exchange between the characters Willow and Buffy…

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Psychiana

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Mitch Horowitz writes about Psychiana, a “mail order” New Thought religion created by Frank B. Robinson in 1928. Robinson ran the religion from his office in Moscow, Idaho. “Robinson was probably the first religious figure of the twentieth century to fully grasp the power of advertising and mail-order marketing. But he was more than just…

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Vatican iPhone App

May 19, 2009 / 0 comments

“Titled “The Pope Meets You on Facebook,” the new Pope2You application lets people send and receive “virtual postcards” of Pope Benedict along with inspiring text culled from the pope’s various speeches and messages.” Via Cult of Mac, via Catholic News.

Experience of a “Contemporary” Christian Church in the American South

April 13, 2009 / 0 comments

I asked the writer to recount their experience of visiting a “contemporary” church in Arkansas, Easter 2009. The photograph they showed me of the coffee shop was so interesting, I wanted to know more. Here is what they sent me: The last time I went to church it was in a bar in Brooklyn. Yesterday…

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HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden

February 14, 2009 / 0 comments

Are there thoughts that are not permitted by the software of the brain? Human rights depend on Animal rights. We can never have liberation of humankind without the same for all of animalkind. So long as we enslave, we will never be free. If your browser isn’t functioning well, get an upgrade. New Version Culture.

Erik Davis at Palais de Tokyo

July 6, 2008 / 0 comments

Interview with Davis during Loris Gréaud’s Cellar Door installation.

Prisons ordered to provide vegan meal

June 24, 2008 / 0 comments

“U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this week that the Department of Correction violated federal law protecting religious freedom and ordered the department to provide Daniel Yeboah-Sefah a diet in line with his Buddhist beliefs.” Read more…

Genetic Testing Goes Retail

April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

Genetic storefront opens in SoHo.