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The Mother Teresa Wars

posted by bfeiler

CNN decided at the last minute to postpone our interview until sometime next week, closer to the anniversary of her death, which of course came just a few weeks after the death of her friend Princess Diana. I’ve taken the […]

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My Friend the Spy

posted by bfeiler

Time for a confession. Careful readers will notice a line in WHERE GOD WAS BORN about my anxiety about leaving my new wife and traveling to Iraq in the middle of the war to visit biblical sites and continue the […]

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Me and Mother Teresa on CNN Monday

posted by bfeiler

I’ve been invited to appear on CNN on Monday, sometime between 7 and 9 AM, to discuss the revelations about Mother Teresa contained in a new book, and outlined on the cover of TIME this week. The essence of the […]

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Million Abraham March

posted by bfeiler

I’m usually skeptical of any claims to have a “million man” march, or a “million moms,” or any such magic number. But a friend of mine seems to have some momentum for a “million voices” to speak up in favor […]

Nudists for Circumcision

posted by bfeiler

End of discussion? I’m over age 60, and was circumcised at birth and don’t remember a thing about it. However, i have been a practicing nudist most of my life – and i can tell you that there have been […]

If Jesus Had Life Insurance

posted by bfeiler

Gives new meaning to the idea of resurrection. The Rev. Jerry Falwell had life insurance policies worth $34 million and the money has been used to erase the debt of Liberty University, the school he founded. The televangelist’s son, Liberty […]

Chop Talk

posted by bfeiler

I’m bumping up my post of a few weeks back, The End of Circumcision, because it’s generated a huge outpouring of thoughts, from men and women (lots of women commenting on circumcision and what it does to the appearance of […]

The End of Circumcision?

posted by bfeiler

Circumcision rates nearly cut in half in the USA. I guess Prince William set off a trend. Should Jews follow? More and more are saying yes. While the United States is one of the few industrialized countries in which a […]

Hurricane Season

posted by bfeiler

My older brother’s name is Andrew. My little sister’s name is Cari. My name, of course, is Bruce. Do a little figuring, and you can see that our names are alphabetical. It was accidental, having more to do with when […]

No Salad Days in Baghdad

posted by bfeiler

When I went to Iraq a few years ago for WHERE GOD WAS BORN, I drove from the Garden of Eden and Abraham’s birthplace in the extreme south of the country to Nimrod and Nineveh in the extreme north. Now, […]

Kids and Caffeine

posted by bfeiler

I recently got into a little back-and-forth with Mrs. Feiler Faster over whether it is OK to give children iced tea. Now comes word that a teenager in Britain actually overdosed on coffee. Obviously this is an extreme example, but […]

Page Views Overtake Pages

posted by bfeiler

A meek defense in the NYT about the use of baby videos contains an interesting stat: Children spend 49 minutes a day in front of screens and only 30 minutes a day in front of books. This applies, in this […]

“The Only Good Lebanese is a Dead Lebanese”

posted by bfeiler

Josh Marshall on the outing of a demented Foreign Service officer: It seems that 20-year career Foreign Service officer Patrick Syring wasn’t cut out for bringing America’s message of tolerance, peace and democracy to the Middle East. Last summer, while […]

The Israel Lobby

posted by bfeiler

The debate over Jimmy Carter’s book may have been only the beginning. The war over the Israel Lobby is already underway in advance of a new book, and counter book, being published this September. I haven’t read the books, so […]

Shiny, Happy People

posted by bfeiler

Somewhere, Thomas Jefferson is smiling: “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is still the coin of the realm. Overall, Americans are definitely satisfied with the life they lead. Almost all (94%) say they are satisfied, with over half of […]

The Dripping Point

posted by bfeiler

An important milestone in my house last night as Mrs. Feiler Faster kindly admitted that I’ve been predicting the backsplash against bottled water for over a year now. No use linking to all the posts I’ve made about this subject. […]

The Return of Bibi

posted by bfeiler

An alarming day. This article confirms what I’ve been hearing: That he’s the odds on favorite to be Israel’s next PM. Having lived in Israel during some of his last tenure, I find him troubling, morally questionable, and frighteningly doctrainaire. […]

Lincoln’s Double Vision

posted by bfeiler

I once dated a woman who said that people get the diseases that somehow are a reflection of their personality, or their lives. I hated this idea. Lung cancer from smoking is one thing, but does anyone deserve MS? I […]

Did the Founding Fathers Prefer Idahoans to Muslims?

posted by bfeiler

As readers of the blogosphere know, it’s common parlance for bloggers to refer to the sites and sitemasters that host them as “overlords,” as in “we’re the humble lieges, they are the powerful overlords, and we just slave away for […]

“I Would Not Eat Liver for a Man”

posted by bfeiler

The wonders of the blogosphere being what they are, a huge debate has erupted over at a post I made last week called “Steak Mate,” about women who eat meat to help catch a man. Here are some my favorites: […]

Going in Circles

posted by bfeiler

I drove back or forth from New York to Cape Cod four times in the last eight days dropping off our girlies for Camp Grandma. Right over the Bourne Bridge are two huge roundabouts and the traffic often backs up […]

Gunfight in the Old City

posted by bfeiler

A minor melee on Friday outside the popular Jaffa Gate (described here and here), the main entrance to the Old City, killed one and wounded ten more. I always say that Jerusalem is a living laboratory of coexistence. Just the […]

It’s Not Rocket Science

posted by bfeiler

It’s television. Longtime readers of Feiler Faster know that I’ve had a bit of an ongoing battle with certain members of my family. I’m not a lock-the-TV-in-the-basement guy. I realize that there are certain times of the week when a […]

How to Teach the Bible in Schools

posted by bfeiler

I was for teaching the Bible in schools before teaching the Bible in schools was cool. My argument, in a nutshell, is that at a time when religion is the dominant force in the world not preparing out students to […]

Baby Shampoo Vs. The Vatican

posted by bfeiler

If this story weren’t serious, it would be funny. Johnson & Johnson has sued the Red Cross claiming it owns the red cross. Yup, the cross. Even the Church doesn’t own the cross. Like all religious symbols, it has a […]

The Footbath Bloodbath

posted by bfeiler

The issue of footbaths at Michigan schools created a bloodbath last year, which right wing bloggers insisting installing them in some colleges meant inviting Al Qaeda to the homecoming dance. The NYT examins the fallout: When pools of water began […]

Steak Mate

posted by bfeiler

I confess that back when I first started dating Mrs. Feiler Faster I was wholly turned off by the fish-and-salad routine at dinner. Okay, fine, I get that people don’t eat meat for all sorts of valid reasons, but I […]

It Takes a Painting …

posted by bfeiler

To Raise a Village. A bit of boastin’ here. Check out this extraordinary slide show on Time.com about the Mural Arts Program of Philly. My sister represents them and it’s a wonderful community program, proven to unite neighborhoods behind works […]

The 756 Club

posted by bfeiler

Quote of the Day: Bacsik’s father, who is also named Mike, once pitched to Aaron when Aaron had 755 home runs in 1976. Bacsik was humorous about his supporting role. “I dreamed about this as a kid,” Bacsik said. “Unfortunately, […]

Land for Land: The New Middle East Math

posted by bfeiler

Few people I know believe any more in the old “land for peace” formula for Middle East peace. There’s simply no more trust among Israelis that the Palestinians could deliver that peace even if it were agreed to, or that […]

Are Audio Books Cheating?

posted by bfeiler

If my email is any indication, I would say the use of audiobooks seems to be ticking up. Of course, like any author, I am thrilled when people read my wok in any form. But audiobooks have clear tradeoffs. On […]

Does Religion Kill Your Faith?

posted by bfeiler

For one writer at the LAT, the answer was yes. He was thrilled to receive the religion beat, but after years of covering questions of faith for the paper, he found himself in a crisis. WHEN Times editors assigned me […]

The Donkey Church

posted by bfeiler

The Dems made be putting ther organizational dollars where they mouths have been for the past few months. In 2006, the party set up pilot programs in six states to experiment with the best way to capture religiously motivated voters. […]

God Comes to Texas

posted by bfeiler

Texas must be getting a case of the humbles. Twenty-five centuries after the Bible declared the world to have been created by God, the Texas Legislature has finally declared that it, too, is “under God.” Whew. And just in the […]

“Should We Bomb Mecca?” The New GOP Litmus Test

posted by bfeiler

I, for one, am getting sick of the boilerplate articles about God in the ‘08 election – the ones that repeat the same shopworn concerns about Mormonism, the same issues with Giuliani and his marriages, the same wonder that Democrats […]

Voters Distrust Mormons More Than Jews (Three Times More)

posted by bfeiler

As I mention above, I think much of the writing about Romney and Mormonism has been shallow. For what it’s worth, I count myself among those who think this issue need not necessarily be a concern, but actually is a […]

No Jews for Sale in Iran

posted by bfeiler

I linked to this article yesterday and there was some confusion about what I wrote, so I’m starting from scratch. One joy of my two trips to Iran in recent years was plunging deep into the Jewish community. At 35,000, […]

Jew-Chic in Poland

posted by bfeiler

I’m catching up on some old stories that caught my eye in recent weeks. For anyone who’s spent a minute contemplating the Holocaust, this one sends shivers down the Central Nervous System. It seems being Jewish has become chic in […]

As If Kosher Weren’t Hard Enough

posted by bfeiler

A common complaint I hear from people who keep kosher is that it’s increasingly difficult to find kosher food outside the big cities. But kosher food may be only half the problem. Try organic kosher food. When being part of […]

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