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Not My Mother’s Christian Film

I was 13 years old when my mother took me, in 1970, to see The Cross and the Switchblade, an unabashedly evangelical film about New York gang leader Nicky Cruz, ...
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The Jews Knew?

There is something about growing up in the Golden Age of Conspiracy Theories (in my case, for example, that the Mafia/Castro/ CIA really killed President Kennedy) that turns one off ...
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Telling the Rape Victim’s Story

It’s the kind of question designed to make pro-life politicians squirm. #ad#“Tell me,” Wendell Goler asked Senator Sam Brownback during Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, “Since you’ve opposed abortion in every instance ...
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A Brutal Musical

There are pleasanter ways to spend an evening than watching people be kicked, whipped, and shot to death. Nevertheless, some 1,300 people paid $80 a ticket to watch on-stage depictions ...
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Little Boy Lost

Adam Walsh would be 31 years old today had he not been kidnapped from a Florida shopping mall and murdered. The little boy in the famous photograph — the one ...