Podcast Series on Conservative Religion and Politics
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
As we move closer to the 2024 U.S. presidential election, The Revealer is paying special attention to the rise of Christian nationalism and the many ways conservative religion and politics are intermingling. To that end, we dedicated a three-episode series in our monthly podcast to exploring various aspects of conservative religion and politics in the United States: Series episode 1: Ex-Evangelicals and U.S. Politics NPR’s political correspondent and author of The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, Sarah McCammon joins us to discuss ex-evangelicals’ insigh ..read more
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The Revealer Podcast Episode 47: Latino Faith-Based Activism and the Sanctuary Movement
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
With workplace raids, family separation, detention centers, and deportations, how are religious communities responding to issues facing Latinos in the United States? Gina Pérez, author of Sanctuary People: Faith-Based Organizing in Latina/o Communities, joins us to discuss faith-based activism within Latino communities and the new sanctuary movement. We discuss the religious roots of the sanctuary movement and how religious communities are protecting immigrants. We also explore how faith communities are helping families after workplace raids and deportations, and what the possibility of Donald ..read more
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Houses of Worship Protecting People from Deportation and Supporting Latino Communities
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
(The Hernandez family staying at the Church of the Advocate in 2018. Image source: Sydney Schaefer / File Photo) The following excerpt comes from Sanctuary People: Faith-Based Organizing in Latina/o Communities (New York University Press, 2024) by Gina M. Pérez. The book explores the work of the new sanctuary movement and faith-based activism within Latino communities in Ohio. This excerpt comes from the book’s introduction. *** On September 5, 2017, Edith Espinal entered into sanctuary in the Columbus Mennonite Church in Columbus, Ohio. On that bright morning, she stood before microphones i ..read more
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Racism and Religion in America
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
(Image source: Shutterstock) The following excerpt comes from The Religion of Whiteness: How Racism Distorts Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2024) by Michael O. Emerson and Glenn E. Bracey II. The book explores how the majority of white Christians—based on survey data, focus groups, and interviews over years—worship within and contribute to systems of racial inequality. This excerpt comes from the book’s first chapter. *** Why won’t racism and racial injustice just go away? Why have efforts to eradicate racism failed? We propose a novel argument: They won’t go away because race is ..read more
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On the Banality of Evil in Catholic Horrors Films
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
(Image: Scene from Killers of the Flower Moon) “The mindless and hysterical banality of the evil presented in The Exorcist is the most terrifying thing about the film. The Americans should certainly know more about evil than that; if they pretend otherwise, they are lying, and any black man, and not only blacks—many, many others, including white children—can call them on this lie; he who has been treated as the devil recognizes the devil when they meet.” — James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work ***  James Baldwin was deeply troubled by The Exorcist (1973), a film he insisted on seeing twic ..read more
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Christian Science as Jewish Tradition
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
(Image of Mary Baker Eddy. Image source: ligonier.org/) “It’s a good religion,” my grandmother liked to say to her daughter, my mother. Grandma Raedina was Jewish, as were all my relatives on both sides of the family. But in this case the religion she was touting wasn’t Judaism. It was Christian Science. The connection between Jews and Christian Science has mostly been forgotten. But my grandmother’s flirtation with Christian Science wasn’t unusual. In the early years of the 20th century, a substantial number of Jewish Americans, especially Jewish women, joined Christian Science churches, so ..read more
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Editor’s Letter: Confronting Our Pasts to Address Our Present
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
1M ago
Dear Revealer readers, Revealer Editor, Brett Krutzsch For the past several months, I have been thinking about how I do not know much about my mother’s family history. Because of my unique last name, my father’s family has been easier to trace. But my mom’s family name, Weiss, is more common. To learn a bit about them, I am traveling to the Alsace region of France this summer where they once lived, an area that went back and forth between French and German control multiple times. The region was once home to a sizable portion of France’s Jewish community. The Jews of Alsace faced persecution ..read more
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The Revealer Podcast Episode 46: Muslims in Pop Culture
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
2M ago
How have media depictions of Muslims been changing in recent years? Rosemary Pennington, author of the new book Pop Islam: Seeing American Muslims in Popular Media, joins us to discuss the place of Islam in American media. We discuss how Muslims have turned to pop culture to broaden ideas about Islam, how some Muslim performers have used humor to present a more robust picture of Muslim life, what we should make of the depictions of Muslims in shows like Ms. Marvel and Ramy, and what the place of Muslims in pop culture reveals about Islam in the United States today. You can listen to the Reveal ..read more
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From Ms. Marvel to Ramy: Muslims in American Media
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
2M ago
(Image from the Hulu series Ramy) The following excerpt comes from Pop Islam: Seeing American Muslims in Popular Media (Indiana University Press, 2024) by Rosemary Pennington. The book explores depictions of Muslims and of Islam in American popular culture. The following excerpt comes from the book’s conclusion. *** Muslim communities in the United States often find themselves the subject of surveillance by both government and cultural forces. Imagined as criminal or terrorist threats, they have seen their mosques infiltrated by law enforcement, their names placed on no-fly lists, their righ ..read more
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Queer and Religious in the Midwest
The Revealer
by Brett Krutzsch
2M ago
(We Live Here: The Midwest promotional poster. Image source: Hulu) “I desperately miss the church,” Des Moines resident Katie Chiaramonte shares, tearing up. Forcing a laugh, she continues, “There’s like a lot of emotion attached to it. I gave a significant amount of my life to the church because I love the people so much.” Katie’s wife Nia came out as a trans woman and transitioned after they married and had children. But Katie says people rarely ask her about religion as a queer woman in the Midwest. In Hulu’s 2023 documentary We Live Here: The Midwest, Katie and four other families not on ..read more
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