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Religion, Lately: Kamala Khan, Biker Churches, and Discussing Religion on Facebook

Marvel Comics has announced that it’s newest heroine will be a young Pakistani-American Muslim girl named Kamala Khan. There is both excitement and worry over the fact that Khan is Muslim- while the debut of the superheroine is a step in the right direction to fight Islamaphobia, many fear that Khan’s story may perpetuate certain harmful stereotypes, as discussed in this article from The Huffington Post. Religion has always played a role in many popular comics, but lately there has been a rise in comics that are coming out of religious publishing groups, including HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Zondervan.

Facebook: A Spiritual Experience?

Facebook: A Spiritual Experience?

Kelley Harrell, Huffington Post…..
The thing about Facebook is that for it to be a social networking success, it demands radical honesty, as does spiritual growth. Indeed, that honesty can be selectively doled, based on privacy settings, interests entered, and the choice not to friend. Even in that closed scenario, I’ve known people whose pasts were still skillfully unearthed from the bowels of Facebook by some haunt, throwing them into a moment of panic. I think it is in that moment that the real life of Facebook thrives, not in the choice to friend or ignore, the celebrity who friends you, or the smackdown you give your old boyfriend.

The Religion of a Satirical Generation

The Religion of a Satirical Generation

By Kent Hayden, The Huffington Post
We gathered in costume carrying signs that read “legalize gay marijuana” and “God hates figs.” We crammed into a crowd tight enough to give Mr. Rogers fits of misanthropic rage. And then we sang together and we laughed together and we got goosebumps together. It was an exercise in what philosopher Herbert Marcuse called the “irrational nature of our rationality.”

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

Football is undoubtedly serious business in England. But one English chant gives me pause: “England three; Germany none.” This chant was even more common in 2006 when the World Cup was held in Germany, though a match between the rivals did not take place. According to the facebook page dedicated to this chant (titled “Two World Wars and One World Cup”) the modern rivalry between the teams prompted the UK government to caution “fans travelling to Germany for the World Cup to refrain from taunting the locals with this tune.”

The Muslims Are Coming!

The Muslims Are Coming!

Whether intentional or not, “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” plugged into an already existing anti-Muslim sensibility in America that has been smoldering after its initial wave following 9/11. The issue at the heart of these challenges is identity. For many people, America is a heterosexual, white Christian male. When that image begins to change, people begin to react in opposition to that change, while others embrace it.