Yet another college theatre troupe revival of the 1971 Broadway musical “Godspell” at Catholic University last weekend featured a radiant performance by Falls Church’s Nathan Ward, who played and sang the lead role of Jesus.
Anything But Straight: The Arch-Butcher of Nigeria
When openly gay Gene Robinson was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, the Nigerian Archbishop, Peter J. Akinola, called the event “Satanic.” However, after reading the latest issue of Atlantic Magazine, it appears that Akinola is the one whose behavior is modeled on the devil.
Press Pass: Will Kimbrough
When it comes to music, Nashville’s Will Kimbrough has literally done it all. He’s sat in on studio sessions and toured with other artists as a guitarist. He’s worked as a producer, counting artists like Todd Snider and Kate Campbell among his credits. He hit the big time with his […]
Press Pass: Jewmongous
Around the holidays some people cozy up a little closer to their religion, making Christmas Eve the one day a year they actually attend services. Others, such as Jewish comedian Sean Altman, spend the night before Christmas on stage at Jammin’ Java tweaking Jesus for being short.
Anything But Straight: The Right
In sports, it is known that confidence is the main ingredient that separates great players from those who are merely good. A legend, such as Michael Jordan, could miss ten shots in a row, but he would still expect the eleventh shot to fall. The average player, on the other […]
Nicholas F. Benton: My Credo
My commentaries assailing religious fundamentalism and intolerance in its various forms over the years, including the brand touted now by Nigerian Archbishop Akinola and other architects of the recent defections from the Episcopal Church, have provoked queries about my own beliefs arising from my graduate theological training.
Nicholas F. Benton: An
Two large churches in the Episcopal denomination’s Diocese of Virginia are voting this week to defect, claiming the mainstream denomination has veered from its Biblical roots and, oh by the way, sanctioned the consecration of one of its pastors as a bishop of a New England diocese who just happens […]
Nicholas F. Benton: ‘Another Day in Paradise’
There’s a small sign on my kitchen wall, located where I can’t avoid seeing it when I stumble in for my morning coffee. Picked up from some curious place in Rehoboth Beach, it reads, “Another day in paradise.” Of course, the phrase could be taken in a cynical way, like […]
Anything But Straight: Merry Christmas
Leave it to the Religious Right to turn Santa Claus into a wedge issue and exchange the gift of seasonal cheer for a box of holiday fear. Thanks to their histrionic “War on Christmas” campaign, major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreen Co. are now dumping “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas” […]
Anything But Straight: The Impending Purge
In 1995, I arrived in Washington, DC as a fresh faced and doe-eyed twenty five year old. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a living, but I thought working on Capitol Hill might be interesting and the big buildings looked kind of cool. Although I had just […]