One of the names on the No Fly List belongs to a 7-month-old baby.
July 7, 2017
Dr. Willie Parker’s new book attempts the unusual and difficult task of reconciling support for abortion rights and abiding religious belief.
The word “conversion” fits the abortion-rights cause awkwardly. There is no progressive equivalent to Priests for Life, a website cataloging the stories of sidewalk protesters-turned-Planned Parenthood donors. Abortion rights were, in the beginning, a public health issue. Opponents started framing the cause in moral terms—something that defenders were at pains to avoid. The president of the Association for the Study of Abortion, Jimmye Kimmey, is credited for coming up with the phrase “pro-choice” in 1972. She preferred, she wrote in a memo, because “what we are concerned with is, to repeat, the woman’s right to choose—not with her right (or anyone else’s right) to make a judgment about whether that choice is morally licit.”
June 22, 2017
On this episode of the n+1 podcast, Nausicaa Renner interviews Meghan O’Gieblyn author of the essay “Ghost in the Cloud” from Issue 28 to discuss her spiritual history in relationship with Transhumanism.
Transhumanism’s simulation theology
A new, more pernicious thought had come to dominate my mind: transhumanist ideas were not merely similar to theological concepts but could in fact be the events described in the Bible. It was only a short time before my obsession reached its culmination. I got out my old study Bible and began to scan the prophetic literature for signs of the cybernetic revolution. I began to wonder whether I could pray to beings outside the simulation. I had initially been drawn to transhumanism because it was grounded in science. In the end, I became consumed with the kind of referential mania and blind longing that animates all religious belief.
March 20, 2017
Taking one’s shoes off had become a signifier of where one stood on the secular-versus-religious divide.
On May 2, 1999, Merve Safa Kavakçı, a 31-year-old newly elected lawmaker from Istanbul, was to take the oath of office in Parliament, having won a seat two weeks earlier as a member of Turkey’s new Islamist party, the Virtue Party. The problem was that Kavakçı was among the few Turkish women in politics who wore a headscarf, and no woman had ever entered the Turkish Parliament in a headscarf before.
February 13, 2017
As India and Israel move closer together diplomatically, their citizens are drawing connections in an ever-tighter web.
Nominally committed in their founding to some form of socialism, both Israel and India are now paragons of neoliberalism, characterized by continued inequality and the consolidation of oligarchy. Religious revanchism—rightwing Zionism and Hindu nationalism—have accompanied, even galvanized, the attack on institutions of welfare and mechanisms of redistribution.
February 2, 2017
Arson and the long war on black progress
Thirty-six black churches in Mississippi burned during the Freedom Summer of 1964, a campaign to register black voters in Mississippi. That’s twelve churches every month, three every week, and one every three days. Any black person visiting a church for worship, voter registration, or other services knew they might die in a blaze.
With so many other smart magazines publishing articles that could have been lifted from RT.com, it is difficult to swim against…
The nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the closest thing the United States has to the election of a pope.
January 25, 2016
When the lawyer tried to be my daddy, I wasn’t surprised. I knew when I began seeing older men that it would happen eventually.
Where do I start and stop, is what I want to know.
March 24, 2015
India's Great Wall
All national borders are imaginary. But some are more imaginary than others. And perhaps some nations are more imaginative too.
March 14, 2014
On Wendy Doniger's The Hindus
In February 2014, it emerged that Penguin India had agreed—after defending the book in court for four years—to an out-of-court settlement. The Hindus would cease to be sold in India, and the remaining inventory would be destroyed.
January 29, 2014
This essay will be a fantasy: varied and halting, devoid of high points, ceaselessly striving and failing to end. It begins with an intimate revelation: I have never had an abortion. Thirty years of untrammeled feminine heterosexuality, zero pregnancies. I never wanted children, so I used other methods of birth control, and they worked.
Sects on the beach
Pastor Parker Richard Green is standing near the entrance, by the railing where there’s a view of the water, drinking a beer. He’s 26 and almost aggressively healthy looking. Tawny of skin, blue of eye, blond of crew cut, he looks like he’s straight from the manufacturer, a human prototype intended to indicate the correct proportion of biceps to shoulders. His brow is square and his jaw is square, and maybe even his whole head is kind of square, but he’s pulling it off.
March 21, 2012
Lately Gibson has taken the role of embittered, vengeful victim beyond performance.
June 6, 2011
Though its forms and outcomes may be unpredictable and unstable, intercultural exchange is not a practical impossibility.
As a novelty, coffee was initially the object of some suspicion, as Nabil Matar shows in an inspired chapter of his Islam in Britain. While some claimed miraculous benefits from it, among its feared consequences were that it “causeth vertiginous headheach, and maketh lean much, occasioneth waking, and the Emirods, and asswages lust, and sometimes breeds melancholly.”
September 9, 2010
Berman’s writing in his new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, is tighter, more claustrophobic. Gone are those sensational sentences; present are rage-filled declarations. The intellectuals have been willingly duped by a smooth Muslim con man; more important, they have abdicated their responsibility to anti-fascism and human rights. Berman is angrier than ever before, and indeed maybe for the first time.
August 18, 2010
A strong church and a strong community are two completely different things… Not in Rick Warren’s world.
October 16, 2009
We, The Blue Mist, the devoted fans of Kentucky basketball, have been watching The Door for twenty-four hours.
October 9, 2009
Who wants to be “Mr. Weaver-and-dyer-of-carpets”…—when you could be called the scion of Ahmad.
September 28, 2009
Jews for Jesus were only superficially interested in converts; theirs was an internally directed performance of faith.
August 4, 2009
So once upon a time there was an enchanted world and now it’s gone. Or is it?
May 31, 2009
It is neither Iran nor Turkey that dominates Inside Central Asia, nor the region itself, but rather Russia.
March 15, 2009
As if to fortify her characters against this void, Rice endowed the vampires with new, magical powers.