December 19, 1998, was a rough day for the woman that is now one of the front-runners in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On that day, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton for grievances stemming from his sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. His wife, Hillary Clinton, stood by his side.
This morning the Vatican announced that Mother Teresa, the “Angel of Mercy,” will be made a saint, generating some polarized responses. To achieve sainthood, the Vatican had to recognize two miracles that…
As the world gears up for the release of the much anticipated The Force Awakens, it’s important to remember where the series came from. From a modern lens, the original trilogy may not seem too impressive, but the films utilized groundbreaking technology and filming techniques that would influence movies for generations. We pay homage to the original trilogy by looking at the Star Wars behind the scenes photos that capture just how groundbreaking the films really were:
On the 242nd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, let’s investigate the similarities the Tea Party of today has to their historical namesake.
Since at least 2009, American politics has been on a roller coaster ride of public demonstrations and angry shouting matches. The public face of the left’s more vocal contingent has been the Occupy movement, which has helped bring popularity to Democrats like Bernie Sanders. On the right, meanwhile, are those who identify as Tea Partiers, an equally controversial group which skews heavily to the political right.
The Tea Party movement deliberately positions itself as a modern incarnation of the Boston Tea Party of the 1770s, whose famous tea-chucking incident took place 242 years ago today. But just how close are the modern Tea Partiers to their historical role models?
Just how did we end up with a white Jesus? It’s a longer story than you’d think.
Jesus has been the object of veneration and worship in the West for nearly 2,000 years, to the point that his mildest utterances (correctly attributed or not) have occasionally formed the basis of whole religious movements. As Jesus’ following spread over time — sometimes via devoted missionary work and sometimes by comparatively less saintly methods — people across multiple societies have cast images of Jesus in their image.
Doing that is relatively easy since, believe it or not, the Bible contains no description of Jesus’ physical appearance. We do, however, know a thing or two about demographics, which means that if Jesus did exist where and when the Bible says he did, he certainly was not white. And yet today, we envision him as just that. Why?