_The New Territory_ Reviews _God Hates_

Have you read The New Territory yet? It's devoted to "land, people and possibilities" of the lower Louisiana Purchase: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas and includes feature articles and literary pieces. A beautiful place deserves a beautiful magazine, and The New Territory is gift to us. The second issue has just been published, and... Continue Reading →

Generous Turnout at KCPL for _God Hates_

The KC Public Library is a wonder! About 300 folks turned out this week to learn about the history and theology of Westboro Baptist Church and how this group fits into American religious history--and the present state of American religion. I couldn't have asked for a kinder reception from the library or a more engaged... Continue Reading →

_Up to Date_ Interview Available Online

It was a treat to work with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up to Date yesterday for an interview for a very special reason: Kraske used to work as a journalist in Topeka, covering Westboro Baptist Church in the early 1990s, and I relied on his reporting about the church when I was doing the research... Continue Reading →

A Preview of KCPL’s “God Hates” Talk

For folks attending tomorrow night's talk at the Kansas City Public Library, here are three questions I plan on talking about during the lecture: How does Westboro Baptist Church's theology support their picketing? (See the picture below, of a church member picketing at the Supreme Court in 2010 while other church members are inside arguing... Continue Reading →

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