Upcoming Episode: A Religious Reckoning...
I would like to thank my Team, the Irreplaceable Laura Reynolds and my Secret Weapon Andrew Berger, for helping me put this program together as they always do. For those of you who support our show, we thank you! This week, we are airing "A Religious Reckoning." An episode on the disorganization of organized religion.
If you are easily offended by our views on "religion" that differ from the norm, please feel free to tune out. We are free-thinkers, here, and will not tolerate any disrespect.
Yeshiva University Faces New Lawsuit Over ‘Rape Coverup Culture’
"A female student has filed a lawsuit against Yeshiva University (YU) in New York City for allegedly performing a bogus investigation after she claimed that she was sexually abused by a member of the men’s basketball team.
The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe in court documents, claimed that the probe omitted vital information and university lawyers refused to speak with people the victim had contacted after the incident.
The private Orthodox Jewish institution allegedly did not request nor inspect rape kit evidence, nor photos of bruises on the victim’s neck and thigh taken by New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, according to the suit.
The complainant was also allegedly forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement before being allowed to meet a school official, which apparently cleared the accused. Any form of appeal was not approved by YU."
The Growing Religious Fervor in the American Right: ‘This Is a Jesus Movement’...
"They opened with an invocation, summoning God’s “hedge of thorns and fire” to protect each person in the dark Phoenix parking lot.
They called for testimonies, passing the microphone to anyone with “inspirational words that they’d like to say on behalf of our J-6 political prisoners,” referring to people arrested in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, whom they were honoring a year later.
Then, holding candles dripping wax, the few dozen who were gathered lifted their voices, a cappella, in a song treasured by millions of believers who sing it on Sundays and know its words by heart:
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness, my God
That is who you are …
This was not a church service. It was worship for a new kind of congregation: a right-wing political movement powered by divine purpose, whose adherents find spiritual sustenance in political action."