The Power Team Was the Bloody, Evangelical Freakshow That Ruled the 80s
They bent steel and smashed concrete with their skulls while preaching the word of Christ to massive audiences. Two decades later, the group was bankrupt. What happened?
The Front Lines of the Christian Battle Against Internet Porn
Religious organizations like XXXChurch and activists like former adult star Brittni Ruiz are leading the fight against what they see as the morally corrosive influence of porn.
Journalist Max Blumenthal on the Perils of Being an Anti-Zionist
We spoke to the author of Goliath about how his harsh and uncompromising critiques of Israel have inspired a backlash from across the political spectrum.
Do Mormons Care About Joseph Smith's 40 Wives?
This year the LDS church released a series of essays that quietly acknowledged some of the more sordid bits of Mormon history, including the religion's founder's polygamy.
Revisiting the Religious Relics of the Web 1.0 Days
Like the ruins of the Coliseum or shuttered drive-in theaters, the ghosts of web 1.0 linger. And scattered throughout that hidden world are the early Internet churches.
This Dude Started His Own Cult
"It's a group performance where everyone's a player," says Christopher Allman, the creator and leader of the People of Ieya.
Let's Not Get Hung Up on Property Damage When We Talk About Protests
News reports on protests that focus on broken windows or a shop's momentary loss of income are missing the broader context of why people take to the streets to demand change.
The Long History of Severed Heads
I spoke with Francis Larson, author of Severed, to discuss our undying fascination and commodification of decapitated heads.
This Guy Thinks Danny DeVito Is the Antichrist
William Tapley, self-proclaimed "Third Eagle of the Apocalypse" and "Co-Prophet of the End Times," thinks the guy who played the Penguin is going to bring about the Apocalypse.
Catholics Are Going to Freak When We Find Aliens
What would happen to the world's religions if we made contact with alien life? I asked Dr. David A. Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University who's been trying to get to the bottom of that question.
Life After Doomsday
Despite Harold Camping's preaching on Family Radio and the costly media blitz, the world didn't end on May 21, 2011.
Can an Open Source Religion Work?
The internet is democratizing everything. CNN is being swapped out for Twitter. Pirate Bay's being used in place of cable. Now, it's finally impacting religion with Syntheism, the first "open source" faith.
Some Genius Is Kickstarting a 'Breaking Bad' Sequel Starring Val Kilmer and Slash
No, he doesn't have the rights to Breaking Bad, nor has he received a commitment from Kilmer or Slash. But don't worry, he'll get it all figured out.
An Atlanta Man Claimed He Was Too Good Looking to Be Guilty of Raping a Woman
A man claimed he was too good looking to have raped a woman, a toe-sucking fetishist sucked a woman's toes in a big-box store, and some idiots thought Seattle cops reopened the Kurt Cobain suicide investigation.
Sbarro Filed for Bankruptcy Protection, and Scientists Think We Can Clone Woolly Mammoths
Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection, scientists think we can clone woolly mammoths, engineers and a pretentious British musician created a robotic rock band, and more bad news from across the world.
A Roofer Discovered a Mummified Body in a Foreclosed House
This week, a roofer discovered a mummified woman in her garage, Dinesh D'Souza announced he was creating more cinematic propaganda, and scientists said they revived a 30,000-year-old virus found in a chunk of ice.
A Polio-Like Illness Has Affected Children in California
Children in California exhibited polio-like symptoms, Australia banned a forgotten art film, the British government used webcams to spy on millions of people, and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments issued a fatwa against Muslims…
Sudan Charged a Rape Victim with Adultery and Prostitution
This week, Sudan charged a gang-rape victim with adultery and prostitution charges, a woman claimed to have murdered 22 men, and Zimbabwe authorities arrested a former Democratic representative for owning porn.
A Rogue Wave Killed a Man Through His Cruise Cabin Window
This week, Canada used the Philippines as its personal garbage can, a venture capitalist said the one percent has it just as bad as the jews during Nazi Germany, and a publishing house consented to the wishes of right-wing religious nuts.