Larry Berhrendt on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Larry Behrendt wrote the above words in a comment here on this blog, and I asked for permission to share them with a wider audience. His own blog post “Madness in Indiana” is also important, offering a careful reading of the law that many are discussing, but often in abstraction from the details of what [Read More...]

Right to Refuse Service

Indiana passed a so-called religious freedom bill, which actually protects the right of businesses to refuse service. On the one hand, we ought to be very concerned indeed when we consider that this same legislation could justify refusing to serve people based on race, as long as the racism is justified by a religious belief. It might ultimately [Read More...]

A Brief Manifesto Against Trains

Hemant Mehta shared the above image, supposedly of a letter to the editor printed in an Indiana newspaper in 1830. I’ve learned to be skeptical of such alleged examples of people complaining about advancing technology and breakneck speeds which, from our perspective, seem slow and simple. Whether it is authentic or not, the fact that [Read More...]

PALNI Prize

I recently had the privilege to be an invited panelist at a PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) strategic planning meeting. For post-dinner entertainment, they had a video contest, with the various libraries in the network entering submissions. The dean of the Butler University libraries, Julie Miller, submitted my “Viva La Library” video as our [Read More...]

The State of Marriage in the United States

A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages yesterday. Fred Clark shared this useful map illustrating the impact that this is having on traditional heterosexual marriage in the United States: Meanwhile, Jeff Carter continued his series of Biblical limericks with one about even more traditional marriage, of a sort that is no longer legal [Read More...]

“Liberty” Church

Stuff Fundies Like and Bruce Gerencser both pointed out this self-description from a fundamentalist church here in Indiana: The thing that struck me most was the incongruity of the name. Does “liberty” really seem to them to best sum up what their church is about? [Read more...]

Living in Nerd Paradise

Yesterday, I didn't even know that there was such a thing as the national “nerd rankings” which IO9 shared. Today, I know I live in nerd paradise. I suspect that Indiana is probably even nerdier than its current rankng indicates, what with WhoNA and GenCon.   [Read more...]

Agog About Gog

Mike Skinner wrote a post about the end-times prophecy approach to the Bible, and the attempt by some to identify Vladmir Putin as Ezekiel’s Gog. Here’s the conclusion: Let’s stop the madness of pretending that ancient prophetic texts are futuristic codes for us to decipher current political events. Let’s read the biblical texts responsibly. Click through [Read More...]

Rainbow

In case you ever wondered what is at the end of the rainbow, I now have photographic evidence of the answer: the Butler University campus! There is severe weather in our area, but when the sun broke through the clouds, the result was spectacular. If you are anywhere in the region currently affected by the [Read More...]

City Water

Yesterday was a momentous occasion. For the first time since moving to Indianapolis more than a decade ago, my family lives in a home connected to city water. It isn't that we moved. Citizens Water recently put a main on our street, where previous utility companies had not done so. And then Bedell Plumbing connected [Read More...]

Touring Auschwitz

A former student of mine, Rev. Jill Moffett Howard, will be taking a trip to Auschwitz, and will be blogging about her experience. She’ll be traveling with Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who established the CANDLES Holocaust Museum here in Indiana. The blog is called Touring Auschwitz, and the address is: http://touringauschwitz.wordpress.com/ [Read more...]


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