By Jonathon Van Maren The last time CNN’s Reza Aslan stirred up controversy, it was because he wrote a terribly-researched book on Jesus Christ. Now, hosting a series called Believer with Reza Aslan, focusing on religious beliefs from around the world, he’s back in the spotlight—this time for meeting with a tiny Hindu sect called…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren There has rarely been a career implosion so swift and so spectacular as that of Milo Yiannopoulos. On February 17, he appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where he did what he does best: tried to come off as a lovable but incorrigible rapscallion while flattering the host without…Details
Nancy Jo Sales is a journalist for Vanity Fair, and recently published a book titled American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. She examines how social media, sexting, and pornography are changing teen culture, and joins Jonathon Van Maren to discuss her dire findings.
By Jonathon Van Maren I just noticed that five years ago today, I published (on my first blog, which no longer exists) a short eulogy to Andrew Breitbart. I often wonder what he would make of everything in the crazy media landscape he helped launch. Anyway, here’s the short column from five years ago: Andrew…Details
Danish journalist Iben Thranholm–recently blacklisted by the European Union–joins Jonathon Van Maren to discuss religious liberty and the future of Christian Europe.
By Jonathon Van Maren Through the recent election cycle, I’ve taken every opportunity I can to criticize and condemn the so-called “alt-right” movement, highlighting their racist views and refuting claims that they are simply a group of merry internet trolls. I also detailed their support for abortion, which takes a mostly eugenic form. The responses…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren I first heard of Kevin O’Leary the way most others did: as a reality TV show star on Dragon’s Den, a sort of business talent show in which O’Leary performed the role of Simon Cowell, cracking down on the many stupid peasants that wandered into his crosshairs with their simplistic plans…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Due to relentless influences from Hollywood and progressive activists, many people now believe that Christians are hateful people. Specifically, Christians are hateful because Christianity forbids a broad range of sexual behaviors, and secular progressives have decided that this makes Christians “homophobic.” This term can be applied willy-nilly and irrespective of whether…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Every once in awhile, I read something that reminds me that secular progressives and normal people live in entirely different worlds. For example, an “unfiltered photo series” on the Huffington Post that celebrates “what progressive parenting looks like.” What it looks like, apparently, is a weird, post-modern hippie commune focused on…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Since the last election cycle, the cultural taste-makers have suddenly discovered an interest in that most lionized and reviled phenomenon of American life, the small town. Who lives there? What drives them? What are their lives like? And of course, dozens of answers have been forthcoming, all of them different, some…Details