UPK Meet-the-Author

University Press of Kansas has been great to work throughout the process of bringing God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right to publication. Today, they've featured me in a meet-the-author profile. Thanks to Derek Helms for a great conversation about how my undergraduate years in central Pennsylvania helped prepare me to work with right... Continue Reading →

_God Hates_ Reviewed in the _Journal of Church and State_

What a treat to see God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church American Nationalism, and the Religious Right reviewed in The Journal of Church and State, a favorite journal of mine. (Check out this month's article on covenant marriage and the Catholic church by  Thomas More Garrett to see why.) The full review is available for free online, even if you don't... Continue Reading →

GodSmacks: Delivering God’s Hate in Love

I'm lucky to be in San Antonio for the American Academy of Religion this week. I'll be presenting "GodSmacks: Delivering God's Hate in Love" on Saturday at 4. The presentation focuses on Westboro Baptist Church's interpretation of personal and national suffering as a sign of God's anger--"GodSmacks" [warning, this link takes you to a website... Continue Reading →

_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 →

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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