Archive for the ‘Tim Mitchell’ Category

Your Crime is Not Diminished by Time, or Apology

Why Nothing has Changed for Victims of Church Torture, or for the Victimizers By Rev. Kevin D. Annett   "It’s worse now, because I’m supposed to be healed. They get away with everything and I’m still here on the corner." — Bingo, a homeless native survivor of Catholic Indian Residential schools, Vancouver, August 10, 2009

Knocking Up Juno: Hollywood’s Abstaining from The A-Word

By Tim Mitchell   I have been monitoring pop culture for a long time, examining trends and singularities that both reflect and influence public thought. One particular topic has been on my mind for some time now: the release to two films last year, Knocked Up and Juno, which use unintended pregnancies, both of which […]

Desperately Seeking Satan: The Conservative Christian Smearing of Paganism in America

By Tim Mitchell   "Never attribute to Devil-worshipping conspiracies what opportunism, emotional instability, and religious bigotry are sufficient to explain."–Shawn Carlson, Ph.D. In an ideal society that protects religious freedom, people have the right to choose which religion is best for them and criticize other faiths when those faiths infringe upon the rights of others. […]

Debating Devotions: A Review of Two Internet Discussions about Christian Evangelism

By Tim Mitchell   Being the media junkie that I am, I often keep my eyes open for examples of how the media cover the issue of religion, from which perspective, and who/what gets left out of the coverage. During my daily Web surfing, I found two sites that were having on-line discussions about Christianity: […]

With Friends Like These: When Religious Compromise Compromises Religious Freedom

By Tim Mitchell   "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing … after they've tried everything else." — Winston Churchill The last several months have been strange ones. Not only does it feel like the next presidential race has started way too early (we still have another year of this to […]

When Feds Forget Freedom of Faith (and the Fundies Who Love Them)

By Tim Mitchell   A few days ago on July 12th, a story came to my attention that provided another snapshot of how the Christian Right views the presence of non-Christian religions in government functions. Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nevada, was invited by Senator Majority Leader Harry […]

Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Destiny

Thoughts on Christianity and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty  By Tim Mitchell “Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.”– Mort Sahl I have come to realize over the years that despite America’s frequent idealization of the individual and individual rights, many movements that support the preservation and advancement of minority […]

Jilting Justice for Jesus

Monica Goodling, Fundamentalist Education, and the Impact on Religious Civil Liberties By Tim Mitchell Over the last few weeks, one of the latest of seemingly endless Bush administration controversies–this time involving the Department of Justice (DOJ)–has been making front-page headlines across the United States. Here's a summary of this recent example of a Bush-brand brouhaha […]

The Anatomy of Sect Education:Examining Bible Classes in Public Schools and Religious literacy

Tim Mitchell    A few weeks ago, Time magazine ran a cover story entitled "The Case for Teaching The Bible," which was written by Time's senior religion writer David Van Biema. Van Biema's basic argument is that the Christian Bible should be taught as a class in public schools, but with careful precautions taken to […]

Living in a Missionary world

By Tim Mitchell Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida. As we were walking into the main gates, we were greeted by an unusual sight:

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