Not Fit for Dinner: Staying Informed—and Sane—During Election Season

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Last week I touched on the subject of consuming news carefully and offered a few pointers on how to do so. If you’ll permit me, I’d like to offer a bit more advice this week—this time on ways to spend time leading up to November’s primary. The combination of two pieces I read today drove me to try to offer a bit more advice this week.The first … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Songs from the Whirlwind

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music. This week's post is by C. Ryan Knight, who writes CaPC's Not Fit for Dinner column.Ireland may very well have a different go-to acoustic-based musician for the international spotlight: Glen Hansard. It’s been almost six years since Ireland’s stormy but towering Damien Rice released a new album. Other than infrequent concerts and his guilt-ridden so … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Consuming News Carefully and Critically

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Rather than devote my column this week to a top political headline, I want to touch on the importance of being careful and critical consumers of news and media, particularly in the age of YouTube, sound-bytes, blogging, etc. This topic seems timely to me, considering the presidential election campaign is in full swing, and misguided reporting can … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Evangelicals, Immigration, and Mitt Romney

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.It’s heartening to see Evangelicals positively engaging in politics lately on the issue of immigration, though this engagement could lead to estrangement from the GOP.A wide range of evangelical leaders made national headlines last week after launching their Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform and holding a press conference about the … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: The Wormy War with Iran

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Tension between Iran and the United States has heightened with the revelation that the United States, along with Israel, launched the Stuxnet cybersabotage directed against Iran’s nuclear program back in 2010. This comes as no surprise to Iran, which suspected this all along.Wall Street Journal writer Siobhan Gorman spoke with a former U.S. offi … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: A Better Amercia With Mitt

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Two weeks ago in my column Placing #ObamaInHistory, I sought to dismiss exaggerated criticism of the president over modifications to the White House presidential biographies. This week, a technological blooper—the misspelling of America in the "With Mitt" iPhone campaign app by Mitt Romney's campaign staff—compels me, for the present, to defend … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: President Obama, Arrogant or Bold?

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.I want to follow up my column Placing #ObamaInHistory last week by addressing the issue of President Barack Obama’s alleged arrogance. Many saw the changes to White House presidential biographies as more proof that Obama is arrogant. Reflecting on Obama’s modification of White House president biographies, Heritage Foundation writer Rory Cooper ( … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Placing #ObamaInHistory

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.The 2012 presidential election campaign is increasing in hostility (on both ends), as many expected it would. President Barack Obama faced the prospect of potential criticism over his connection with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who made headlines in 2008 for his “inflammatory rhetoric” and his call for God to “damn” America. The tactic was, however, … [Read more...]

Why Christians Shouldn't Write Off The Occupy Movement

Though it’s strapped for cash and coming out of hibernation, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to press on, six months after its fiery start on September 17 of last year. The resurgence of the movement is a chance for Christians to enter into fruitful dialogue about Christian parallels to the movement, as well as the spiritual insights derived from the protests.It seems as though most Christians paid attention to the movement for roughly the first month, made up their mind that the mov … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Drone Warfare and the “Playstation” Killing Mentality

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.This week has been the best of weeks and the worst of weeks for America and its drone warfare. It counts among its successes the killing of two suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, one of whom was a high-profile operative. However, the American military also accepted responsibility for a botched attack resulting in the death of six civilians.Salon’s G … [Read more...]


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