In The News: Breaking Bad, Thanksgivukkah, The Vatican, George Bernard Shaw & much more



“If there’s a larger lesson to ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s that actions have consequences,” Gilligan said during lunch one day in his trailer. “If religion is a reaction of man, and nothing more, it seems to me that it represents a human desire for wrongdoers to be punished. I hate the idea of Idi Amin living in Saudi Arabia for the last 25 years of his life. That galls me to no end.” He paused for a moment and speared a few tater tots in a white plastic-foam tray perched on his lap. “I feel some sort of need for biblical atonement, or justice, or something,” he said between chews. “I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen,” he went on. “My girlfriend says this great thing that’s become my philosophy as well. ‘I want to believe there’s a heaven. But I can’t not believe there’s a hell.’”






Billy Graham (

Billy Graham




  • NPR’s sectional, All Things Considered, launched a series this past week entitled “What Comes Next? Conversations on the afterlife,” in which an imam, a nun, and a rabbi provide their thoughts on what happens when we die.


  • According to Salon this month, members of the hacktivist organization “Anonymous” have once again started waging cyber-warfare on the Church of Scientology, claiming the religious organization has begun using Craigslist in an attempt to attract new members.


  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted at Twitter chairperson Jack Dorsey this week, relaying that Internet censorship in the Islamic Republic is not a matter of concern.


  • In other internationalist news, Guernica has a nice piece this week on the powers of spiritual healing in Sierra Leone. The NYTimes also issued an article entitled, “The Politics of Religious Conversions in Jharkhand.



  • Eighty-nine people were killed after a stampede broke out during the Hindu Dussehra festival in Datia, India this week, Reuters reports.


Trevor Nickolls: Metamorphosis. (

Trevor Nickolls: Metamorphosis.



  • The NYTimes reports that a Malaysian court issued a ruling barring all non-Muslims from using the word “Allah.” Because the Malay language incorporates numerous linguistic derivatives from Arabic, many Malaysian non-Muslims (40% of Malaysia’s population is non-Muslim) use the term “Allah” when speaking of God.



  • Slate has a piece this week on a recently discovered manuscript that reveals the late George Bernard Shaw’s thoughts on the divine.



  • On funnier notes, God eats humans, OJ Simpson wants his own religious television show titled “Holy Safari,” claiming he converted his White-supremacist cellmate to Christianity, DailyMail reports.


  • Finally, here’s some awkward Jesus art.


– Christopher Smith, Student Assistant, The Revealer

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