• Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    What A Muslim Looks Like

    Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Why I Liked Being Jewish At an All-Boys Catholic School

    The locker my freshman year at St. Thomas High School was on the second floor of the main building, 50 feet from a chapel where Mass was celebrated before every school day. The walls along the hallways were filled, floor-to-ceiling with lockers. Freshmen got the lower ones. I had to get on my knees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    What is Halal Meat, and Why Should You Care?

    "These things alone he has forbidden to you: What is already dead, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been offered up to other than Allah." Al-Anam 6:145 While driving around Houston, you've probably noticed signs for Halal meat markets or Halal delis. You've probably read labels touting that a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Houston Restaurants Observe Ramadan with Sehri and Iftar

    Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday Church of Satan! Five Musicians Associated With the Devil's Faith

    It was on this day in 1966 that the one and only Anton Szandor LaVey officially founded the Church of Satan at the Black House in San Francisco, California. From that day forward there would be a mainstream religion celebrating the antithesis of Christian thought in America and embracing as virtues ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
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    February 19, 2014

    Accused Killers Giving Satan Worship a Bad Name

    God is good, and for some Satan is too. Satanists don't deserve the bad rap they're getting after the recent news linking accused killers to the Prince of Darkness. The words "satanic ritual murder" or "occult killing" set off alarms in God-fearing people, and that's probably why prosecutors and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Snoop Lion and Five More Weird Religious Conversions That Need to Happen

    A funny thing happened to our old buddy Snoop Dogg last year: he got religion. And not just any old religion, either. In a move that we probably should have seen coming, the Doggfather formally embraced the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican spiritual ideology with fewer than a million adherents worldwi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    February 3, 2014

    Why Evangelical Christians Love Israel

    You might have noticed that evangelical Christians seem to support Israel at every turn. Pat Robertson, though elliptical, wants Israel to know he loves their country. As Mother Jones reported: "In 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu created the Israel Christian Advocacy Council and flew 17 Christian leaders t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    White and Educated? You're One of the Reason Politics Are So Polarized

    If you're white and have a college education or greater, you're probably (one of) the reasons our politics is so polarized. Using abortion, a polarizing issue if there ever was one, as a proxy, researchers have shown that since 1980, educated whites' stances on abortion have skewed in two very diffe ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 12, 2013

    The Book of Mormon Has Heart, Even If It Does Aim to Offend

    However much designed to offend, The Book of Mormon delivers human warmth along with its calculated irreverence.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Celebrate Rosh Hashanah With A Honey-Glazed Apple Walnut Cake

    L'shanah Tovah! It's Rosh Hashanah -- the first of the High Holy Days and the Jewish New Year. Apples and honey are often served as part of the traditional Rosh Hashanah meal, symbolizing a sweet new year. So to celebrate, we're sharing a simple and delicious recipe for Apple Walnut Cake made with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Rosh Hashanah vs New Year's Eve: Wanna Blow My Ram's Horn?

    At sundown tonight, Jews worldwide will gather in their synagogues to watch an old dude blow through a hollowed-out ram's horn, and then amble over to the nearest creek to throw in pieces of bread. Afterwards, they'll dip apple slices in honey. This is how the Chosen Folks traditionally kick off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Top 5 Symbolic Foods of Rosh Hashanah

    At Sunday, this Wednesday, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, one of the most important times of the year for observant Jews, and with this holiday, comes many traditions and rituals. Some of the more fascinating (and, might I say, delicious) customs involve the consumption of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    His Noodly Appendage: Texas "Pastafarian" Wears Colander as Religious Headgear in Driver's License Photo

    A heathen follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has scored a point for infidels in the Lone Star State, by successfully insisting he be allowed to wear a colander on his head for his driver's license photo. "Once she allowed me to, I put the pasta strainer on my head, I took the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Happy Birthday Christian Science! 5 Musicians of the Faith

    On this day in 1821 was born the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy. She was a girl in poor health who began to see faults in the religious teachings of predestination and original sin. This led her to a worship more centered on God's love, which caused a rift in her extremel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Update: Are Southern Baptists in Town to Break up with the Boy Scouts?

    Update: The Boy Scouts of America responded to our request for a comment with a written explanation on their stance on the issue from Deron Smith, public relations director for Boy Scouts of America: "We respect the deeply held religious beliefs of all of our members. We're finding that when peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    (Updated) Jesus FTW: God-Lovin' Kountze Cheerleaders Trounce Heathens in Court Battle

    Updated with statements from Governor Rick Perry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a high-profile battle based on small-town football, the cheerleaders in the little East Texas burg of Kuntze have won a court battle to praise Jesus during football games. The Kountze case drew national a ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Zack Kopplin, The 19-Year-Old Face of the Anti-Creationist Movement

    Having fought his battles in Louisiana, the Rice University student is now ready for Texas and any move to put faux science in the public schools here.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The Pope Quits? Popes Don't Quit!

    The world was rocked and shocked with the news that George Ratzinger, 85, was quitting his day job. Sure, 85 seems a reasonable age to retire, but the thing is that Ratzinger also goes by the name Pope Benedict XVI, and popes, to put it simply, don't quit. Borgias have tried to get them to quit an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Sikh Temple Shooting: Houston Sikhs Consider Their Options, Plead For An End to Ignorance

    Harmeet Kaur was sitting in her Sikh temple in Houston this morning when a girlfriend texted her the news. The girlfriend had stayed home and was watching television as the news broke about the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. At least seven people were killed in the 10:25 a.m. attack carried out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Be Pure and Tell the Truth: Our 5 Favorite Musical Buddhists

    Today His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 77. Although he didn't officially become the temporal head of Tibet until he was 15, he's made the most of 62 years in the position. He's won a Nobel Peace Prize, advocated for his country and countrymen, and amassed more than 4 million Twitter followers. He' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    Beaumont Diocese Sued Over Priest Who Allegedly Abused Teen in 1976

    A Dallas County man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, over sexual abuse the man allegedly suffered by a now-deceased priest in 1976-1977. Filed last week in Jefferson County District Court, the man -- identified as John Doe 104 -- claims that Father Ronald ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 19, 2012
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    January 5, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    How NOT to Raise Money to Make a Music Video

    Friends and enemies, music videos are an enduring passion of ours, both filming them ourselves and reporting on the best that we come across year after year. We think the medium has only become better and better with technology being made easier and cheaper for the average independent artist to mast ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2011

    Mistaken Identities

    Being a Sikh means you get called a terrorist because your hair is bound up in a turban on your head. Now imagine being a Sikh teenager in Texas, where if you follow your faith you'll never blend in.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Dan Shea, The Man Who Sued the Pope, Sounds Off on Joe Paterno

    Penn State and the Catholic Church​Bella figura can mean many things, but at its core is one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011
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    September 28, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs, the Rosh Hashanah Edition

    If you're Jewish, happy new year and l'shana tova! If you're not Jewish, you can still enjoy this week's roundup of Rosh Hashanah-themed food blog posts, and perhaps learn a little something new along the way. Voracious: At our sister paper in Seattle, food critic Hanna Raskin asked the Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan"

    No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.​Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Ramadan Begins Today: Where Will You Eat Iftar?

    I use this photo for Ramadan every year because Burger King's ads amuse me to no end.​The annual period of fasting called Ramadan has begun today for observant Muslims across the world. What does that mean? In a nutshell, no eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset -- and in August, that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Five Real Wizards Who Make Harry Potter Look Like David Blaine

    ​By the time you read this, your humble narrator will be on the edge of our seat at the West Oaks Alamo Drafthouse watching the triumphant finale of the Harry Potter films. The books and movies have given us of our best times over the past decade, and it's hard to believe that it's all over. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Rappers Agree, Almost, That There Is A God

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Bun B, KAB, Trae, ESG, Lil Flip, Kyle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Gay Presbyterian Ministers -- Houston Church Reacts: "Breathe Deeply (Multiple Times)"

    Breathe deeply in Montrose.​The Presbyterian Church (USA) is expected to approve rule changes that would allow gays to be ordained ministers, a move members had contentiously rejected just two years ago. What's the reaction locally? The minister of one Houston church has sent out a letter urg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Intelligent Design Tries Again In Texas, Group Says

    Evolution in the cross-hairs​Texas might be getting ready to fill its science textbooks with anti-evolution material, critics are warning. The State Board of Education may soon take another step in its effort to adopt material that pushes Intelligent Design, they say. "Two years ago State Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Five Four Musicians Who Practice Witchcraft

    ​Gerald Gardner founded Wicca in the 1960s, though many claim the idea was originally thought up with assistance by Aleister Crowley. Regardless, the faith has become one of the most prominent neopagan belief systems in the world, and the pentacle symbol used by adherents is even approved for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Rosh Hashanah Foods

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is upon us, and like most religious holidays, it brings with it many food-related traditions. Even my Jewish friends who are generally non-observant make it a point to have a round challah or apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah. Here's a list of some of the most c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Hayya' alas Salaah: Ramadan Begins Tomorrow

    That's right: Even Burger King gets in on the Ramadan festivities.​August 11 marks the beginning of Ramadan in 2010. The date that signifies the beginning of the ninth month of the Islamic religious year changes each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar (which is, coincidentally, the only ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010

    "Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam"

    The MFAH deepens its commitment to Islamic art

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    The Man Who Sued the Pope

    Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.

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    April 21, 2010

    This Week's Cover Story: The Man Who Sued The Pope

    ​Most times when you ask Houston lawyer/theologian Daniel Shea a question, you get a treatise in response, one that can take in everything from the Edict of Constantine and to the deeds of Admiral Rickover to the sins of many a modern-day bishop in the ongoing sex abuse scandal roiling the Rom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Five Fictional Pedophiles Who Could Teach The Vatican A Thing Or Two

    It's hard out here for a priest. The sex-abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church refuse to go away, with more cases coming to light and casting doubt on the actions of those in the highest offices of the Vatican, including Big Pope-a himself: Critics have charged that Pope Benedict XVI, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Pop Rocks: John Travolta, Humanitarian

    ​The tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti has, as expected, brought out both the best and worst of humanity. As an example of the former, we've seen the nations of the world send supplies and relief workers to help the stricken Caribbean nation. As for the latter, well, the comments of extraordinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    TDCJ Inmate Wonders What's A Dude Gotta Do To Get His Wicca On In Prison

    ​Charles Roberts -- aka Alabama, aka Hell Boy (according to a lawsuit he filed from prison) -- was recently transferred to Huntsville from Edinburg after he claimed, via lawsuit, that the prison didn't allow him to practice his Wiccan religion. Michelle Lyons, the director of public information fo ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    June 22, 2009

    When the Moon Becomes Round: Songs for the Summer Solstice

    Frederic Vincent/ Wikipedia In Houston, June 21 comes and goes with very little fanfare. While technically it's the first day of summer, anyone can tell you summer around here started about two months ago. Nonetheless, it seems like a shame to leave all the celebrating to the pagans; why, they don't ... More >>

  • Film

    May 14, 2009

    Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks

    Another treat for whacked-out male conspiracy theorists

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