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The Thing I Never Want to Hear Again on Good Friday

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I heard myself say the words and take part in this ritual and it made me physically sick. I couldn't believe that this was the liturgy that this kind, little church had been using for the past decades, maybe longer.

Theological Anti-Semitism Still Pervades Iceland Lent Tradition

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

In Iceland, for decades, the entire "Hymns of the Passion" by Hallgrimur Petursson has been broadcast annually by the State Broadcasting Service. We were shocked by the many blatantly anti-Semitic references that pervade Petursson's Hymns.

A History of Music Torture in the "War on Terror"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

U.S. military personnel were ordered to keep prisoners awake by blasting ear-splittingly loud music at them -- for days, weeks or even months on end -- at prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.