• News

    November 8, 2012

    What's Behind Gary Douglas's Scientology Knockoff?

    Access Consciousness promises to help you reach a higher plane. For a price.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Manischewitz, a Kiddush Cup Full of Memories

    It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 22, 2010
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    September 10, 2009

    Dharma Punx

    Buddhism gets a weekly punking at the Zen Center

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    For St. Patrick's Day: The Five Least Convincing Irishmen In Movies

    St. Patrick's Day is more than just an opportunity for amateur drunks to get in fights after drinking since noon, it's also when all of us claim (usually bogus) Irish heritage. I can personally trace my Irish ancestry back to the 17th century. Of course, they were Ulster Huguenots and probably not v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Evolution-Loving Evangelical Comes To Houston

    It's been 200 years since the birth of Darwin, and 150 years since the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species, so we guess it's about time that religion and science stopped fighting and figured out some common ground. The Reverend Michael Dowd, an ordained evangelical preacher, and his wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Emmett, Also, Visits With The Sikh Family That Said It Was Harassed

    The Sikh family that says it was harassed by Harris County Sheriff's deputies has been getting to know county politicians more than they might have guessed.Over the weekend, sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia met with the family and many other Sikhs; yesterday is was County Judge Ed Emmett.Emmett apologize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Sikh Family Claims Harassment By Sheriff's Deputies

    A Sikh family in Houston, backed by a national organization, is crying foul over how they were treated by deputies of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.Kawaljeet Kaur tells Hair Balls that her family phoned 911 after discovering their home was burglarized November 26; things went downhill quickly f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Bring Out Your Dead (Popes)

    Hey, kids, the Popemobile is coming to town!! (Pope not included.) Houston's very own Museum of Funeral History (Motto: "Slightly More Popular Than Houston's Museum of Printing History") is putting on an elaborate exhibit on how popes get funeralized. As part of it, the museum announced, an actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Know Your Texas Cults

    With the April raid of Warren Jeffs' FLDS ranch still earning headlines, smaller sects (or “boutique cults,” as Hair Balls likes to call them) in Texas are getting the short shrift. How many people do you think took notice of the fact that an elder in the Abilene-based House of Yaweh was convict ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2008

    A Mainstream Mormon's Test of Faith

    Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but the effects linger

  • Dining

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    I Come From Alabama With A Shofar On My Knee

    Did you hear about the "Alabama Needs More Jews" program? The other day, this story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was making the rounds on the Web: “A Jewish group in Alabama is offering as much as $50,000 to Jewish families willing to relocate to its town. Blumberg Family Jewish Community S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Christian Polygamy Advocate Says Mormonism Is the Problem

    There's no telling how many stories have been written this week about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but it's probably a fair assumption that the words "polygamist sect" have appeared in most. That's not good publicity, especially as revelations from Eldorado become ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Authorities Raid Polygamist Compound in West Texas

    Keith Plocek "This is the United States," Schleicher County Justice of the Peace James Doyle told me two years ago when I was reporting on polygamy in West Texas. "And I don't kick in your door and you don't kick in mine and we don't kick in theirs. They're citizens of the United States and we've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Parish Predators: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Agrees to Settlement in Abuse Case

    The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has settled with four men who accused the archdiocese of negligently handling a seminarian who abused the men, when they were boys, in 1995. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. A trial had been scheduled in Houston for February 25. In a press release ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2008
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    January 15, 2008

    Parish Predators: SNAP’s David Clohessy Wants to Know What Took Cardinal Daniel DiNardo So Long in the Case of Rev. Stephen Horn

    Cardinal Daniel DiNardo should tell Houston Catholics why he waited two months to announce that a diocesan priest had been accused of sexually abusing a child, the head of a victims’ advocacy group said in a press conference today. Standing outside the Archdiocese Chancery downtown, David Clohess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007
  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Parish Predators

    Despite the bishops remarks to the contrary, the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese had child molesters and let them go. But dont blame just the Church.

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Big Love, Texas-Style

    Polygamists live in a compound on our state's dry western plains

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Altar Egos

    An Episcopalian gets bounced from her church for pressing the issue of female priests

  • News

    January 6, 2005
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    December 16, 2004

    Between the Lines

    A Scientology-backed tutoring program looks to expand in the Houston area

  • Culture

    October 28, 2004

    Gender Splendor

    Old-fashioned Leading Ladies -- a surprise hit

  • News

    April 15, 2004
  • Calendar

    October 2, 2003

    King of the Roads

    A Houston author tells how our traffic got jammed

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2003

    The Mormon Market

    Suddenly Unexpected features Mormon characters, so it just might turn a profit

  • News

    June 12, 2003
  • Music

    May 22, 2003

    East Is East and West Is West

    Except in the music of Indian-American DJ Navdeep

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2002

    Buddhism and B-boys?

    Sanford Biggers connects disparate traditions

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Church for Atheists

    Houston Church of Freethought

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Dharma and John

    Dharma Cafe has atmosphere to spare and a lot of good home cooking, but you might want to pass on the pizza

  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    Okra Worship

    Pearl's serves up real food for the soul; Fusion Café brings a little soul to Rice Village

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    Cross Ways

    Hispanics search for the origins of their unique faith that fuses Jewish tradition with the celebration of Christ

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    No Veiled Threats

    Heidi covers her face when she leaves the house. So do an increasing number of Muslim women in Houston. But don't call them terrorists -- or oppressed.

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Economic Fasting

    Speaking off the toque: Sam Said

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Keeping the Faith

    Houston Jews and Christians favor peaceful coexistence

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Calling Jews to Jesus

    Southern Baptists go on a not-so-kosher search to convert Jews to Christ

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    May Day

    The pagans and the Unitarians unite to re-create Celtic tradition

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Almighty Municipality

    With League City controlled by the Christian right, citizens can rezone - and repent

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Gospel According to Matthew

    The Good Lord Willing, Songwriter Matthew Levine Plans to Spread the word of Baha'i

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Real Life

    Merry Matzo Ball. Houston's Jewish singles mambo away the Christmas blues

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Dance Fervor

    Postmodern theologian Matthew Fox wants to get religion back on its feet again with the Techno Cosmic Mass

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Real Life

    A Burning (Bush) Issue. When Christmas rolls around, some Houston Jews get a little green with envy

  • News

    November 27, 1997
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    September 25, 1997

    Desi Dance

    The music is called bhangra, and it's the sound of a whole new way of being Indian. Or Pakistani. Or Bangladeshi.

  • News

    February 29, 1996

    End Times

    The Tao shall set you free -- but maybe not in Kingsbridge Park

  • News

    August 3, 1995
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    July 6, 1995


    After being drugged, hypnotized and bound by restraints, the patients of Judith Peterson say they came to believe they had multiple personalities or had belonged to satanic cults. So, apparently, did their therapist.

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