King vs. Beck

Just as Christian fundamentalists quote only very selectively from the Bible what is most useful for their rather peculiar contemporary interpretations of their religion, so does Glenn Beck only focus on narrow slivers of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideas despite insisting that he and those in his movement are the true heirs of, and resumption [Read More...]

Ken Mehlman, Former Bush Campaign Chief And RNC Chief, Comes Out Of The Closet

He now wants to become an advocate for gay marriage.  He explains: “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over [Read More...]

True Religion?

Many a religious person defending her own religious beliefs will argue that a given politically, morally, or intellectually unflattering interpretation of her faith is simply not a true representation of her faith.  While the question of who has the right or the adequate means to decisively determine with any rational clarity which competing interpretation of any [Read More...]

Hitchens On Crass Responses To The Proposed Ground Zero Islamic Center

Noting the shadiness and creepiness of public remarks by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the plan to build a mosque blocks away from the former site of the Twin Towers, Christopher Hitchens is nonetheless repulsed by the tactics adopted by his opposition.  Starting with Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, he writes: [Read More...]

The Tea Party’s Forebears

(via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

ZJ Condemns Treatment Of Anti-Gay Rights Activist, Calls For More Civilized Tactics

In response to the harrowing ordeal that an anti-gay rights activist endured recently (which I blogged about yesterday), ZJ is calling for introspection and a reconsideration of tactics from the gay community: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

ProfMTH Pwns William Lane Craig Over Ignorant Demand For “Strict Constructionism”

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

France To Ban Burqa-Like Veils

EuroNews.net writes: A law banning the wearing of a full Islamic veil in public in France has been adopted by the lower house of parliament. The ruling UMP and the New Centre party voted for the ban on the burqa or niqab while the Socialists, Communists and Greens abstained. The law goes to the upper house in [Read More...]

How Palin Might Win A Presidential Nomination

John Ellis lays out a scary scenario: As the Republican avalanche of 2010 builds — and I saw a poll the other day of a Democratic-leaning state Senate district on Long Island where the “right track” (8%)/”wrong direction” (83%) was unlike anything I had ever seen — Palin has smartly positioned herself as the champion [Read More...]


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