How White Nationalists See What They Want to See in DNA Tests – The New York Times

  What happens when white supremacists on the hate site Stormfront learn that they’re not as white as they thought? Two researchers investigated. ImageMembers of the National Socialist Movement en route to a rally in Little Rock, Ark., last year. A new study looked at white nationalists’ responses to their sometimes surprising DNA test results.CreditCreditJim […]

Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops – The New York Times

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the issue. Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America […]

Sexual Abuse of Nuns: Longstanding Church Scandal Emerges From Shadows – The New York Times

ImagePope Francis meeting with nuns last year at the Vatican.CreditCreditVincenzo Pinto/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ROME — The sexual abuse of nuns and religious women by Catholic priests and bishops — and the abortions that have sometimes resulted — has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. That seemed to […]

Hallmark Movies Are the MAGA of Holiday Entertainment

InNovember 2017, the Hallmark Channel released a movie called The Christmas Train, in which a Spielbergian movie producer (Danny Glover) stuffs a cross-country train full of actors to dupe two former war correspondents (Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dermot Mulroney) into falling in love again. It also strongly implies that Glover is God. The night it aired, the movie […]

America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism – The New York Times

Credit Nicolas Ortega To hear the Christian right tell it, President Trump should be a candidate for sainthood — that is, if evangelicals believed in saints. “Never in my lifetime have we had a Potus willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump,” tweeted Franklin Graham, the son […]

‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews – The Washington Post

Several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carrying torches march in a parade at the University of Virginia. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post) Jews and non-Jews are drawn to debates about whether Jews are white. It’s the sort of question that captivates academics and activists, roping in everyone from Israeli “Wonder Woman” actress Gal […]

Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

Screenshot via Hulu/The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the Handmaid’s Tale. Which […]