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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

September 2010 Archives

Elder Jensen says he’s sorry

posted by Mark Silk

Joanna Brooks’ fine essay on Elder Marlin Jensen’s apology for…well, we’ll get to that…at a meeting of 90 members of the Oakland, CA stake (diocese) points to ongoing uncertainty about the role of the LDS Church in public life these […]

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Who’s religiously literate

posted by Mark Silk

I spent yesterday participating in a symposium at the Newseum in Washington marking both the roll-out of the new Pew survey of religious literacy and the upcoming God in America series on PBS. The not so subliminal message: Watch the […]

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Chaput takes on the media

posted by Mark Silk

At the Religion Newswriters Association meeting in Denver last weekend, the local Catholic ordinary, Archbishop Charles Chaput, delivered himself of a classic culture-war critique of the news media’s coverage of religion: Journalism is composed of knowledge-class professionals who make secularist […]

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Same-sex marriage and young evangelicals

posted by Mark Silk

Responding to my wish to separate out the views on same-sex marriage of under-30 “sectarians” (evangelicals), Sherkat has kindly run the numbers. What they show, as he points out on his blog, is that the gap between this cohort and […]

Shalom, Fidel!

posted by Mark Silk

I’ve never been a fan of Fidel Castro, but I can’t help feeling a certain tribal glow of appreciation for his warm remarks to the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg about the Jews and their state. Goldberg reported them first a couple […]

Same-Sex Marriage and the Culture Wars

posted by Mark Silk

While we’re on the subject of the relationship between religion and social views, I’ve just received a pre-publication copy of a paper written by University of Southern Illinois sociology prof. Darren Sherkat and a couple of colleagues analyzing the connections […]

Pew: Religion doesn’t much matter

posted by Mark Silk

Last week’s Pew survey on the influence of religion on Americans’ policy views is notable for revealing how little influence there is. The only areas where religion appears to play a significant leading role in influencing opinion are same-sex marriage, […]

Benedict in Britain

posted by Mark Silk

Pace Douthat, but this wasn’t more than a modest success for the pontiff. After all, JPII never ran into opposition rallies, and 20k in London is a lot more than a handful of disgruntled picketers. Of course, had Benedict rowed […]

Day of Atonement

posted by Mark Silk

The Al Chet, the omnibus confessional prayer said repeatedly by worshipers during Yom Kippur, includes atonement for speaking ill of others and otherwise not controlling one’s tongue. In this regard, it’s good to note some prominent members of my tribe […]

The Family’s Baaaack

posted by Mark Silk

The Family–the secretive Jesus-centric cult that runs the National Prayer Breakfast and solicits the engagement of Washington and world’s high and mighty–is creeping back into the news. The New Yorker‘s Peter J. Boyer has delivered himself of an extended report, […]

The New Progressive Religious Script

posted by Mark Silk

For some years now, religious progressives (I know one when I see one) have been looking for a way to make themselves felt in society as a proper counterweight to the religious right. They may not have the numbers, but […]

Terry Jones and the Media

posted by Mark Silk

The old gag was that journalists are the ones who rush onto the battlefield after the fight is over and shoot the wounded. Nowadays, it’s the rest of the world that rushes in and shoots the journalists. How could they […]

Terry Jones and the 9/11 Mosque of Doom

posted by Mark Silk

It went down this way. Rev. Terry Jones heard from the Lord that all those excellent reasons for burning a Koran should be waived if and only if Cordoba House (aka Park51, aka the Mosque of Doom) is moved a […]

Daniel Pipes: anti- Islamism v. Islamophobia

posted by Mark Silk

OK, I admit it. I know Dan Pipes. I used to be a friend of Dan Pipes. True, he did once threaten to make my life difficult. My sin? Disrespecting Dan Pipes in print. I called him “an independent scholar.” […]

Christwire and Satire

posted by Mark Silk

What’s scary about the satirical website Christwire is imagining how many people who ran its page views up to 27 million in August actually take it seriously. “A close reader of ChristWire will soon figure out (one hopes) that the […]

Mormons, Jews, Holocaust victims

posted by Mark Silk

I confess that I’m always a little bit embarrassed by the propensity of the American leadership of my people (the Jews) to try to get Christians to grant us admission in the, ah, club. The president of the Southern Baptist […]

Conservative Republicans: Religious Outliers

posted by Mark Silk

The folks at Gallup headlined yesterday’s survey on political preference by race/ethnicity and religion, “Republicans Remain Disproportionately White and Religious.” They might have headlined it, “Democrats Remain Disproportionately Non-white and Not So Religious”–but that would have been wrong. Sixty-two percent […]

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No more "social conservatives"
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So clerical celibacy was not the problem?
Those on the Catholic left are not very happy that the Jay Report declines in no uncertain terms to blame clerical celibacy for the sexual abuse crisis. As the report puts it: Factors that remained consistent over this time period, such as ...

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