“Conscientious objection against the state”

Hillsdale professor and LCMS member Korey Maas has an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod convention action to allow women facing combat and registering for the draft to claim conscientious objector status.  He goes into the legal implications of this decision, as well as the larger phenomenon of how the state has been picking fights with religious people and their institutions over issues of conscience.

He closes by quoting LCMS president Matthew Harrison, who said last year after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision that Christians will soon  “begin to learn what it means to be in a state of solemn conscientious objection against the state.”

Prof. Maas’s article is excerpted and linked to after the jump. [Read more…]

What to watch for at the Democrats’ convention this week

Now it’s the Democrats’ turn to have a convention, beginning today and lasting through Thursday.  Here are some things to watch for:

(1)  Both the Republicans and the Democratic contests featured an insurgent arrayed against the party establishment.  In the Republican case, the insurgent won.  In the Democratic case, the party establishment beat down the insurgent.  But his followers are not happy.  Though socialist Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, lots of Democrats on the left are bitter about her victory.  They don’t like her moderate vice presidential pick Tim Kaine.  And they sure don’t like the revelations in those hacked e-mails about how the Democratic National Committee undermined Sanders to anoint Clinton.  (See post below.)  At the convention, will the left rally to Clinton’s banner after all?  Or what will they do? [Read more…]

The Democrats’ embarrassing e-mail leaks

Someone hacked into some 20,000 e-mails from members of the Democratic National Committee, and they have been posted on Wikileaks. They reveal embarrassing details about how the party officials were trying to rig the primaries for Hillary Clinton.  This included a plan to use Bernie Sander’s religion–he is a Jewish agnostic–against him.  (See the article excerpted and linked after the jump.)

The Wikileaks searchable DNC site is here.

Here is a list of some of the more embarrassing e-mails.

Wikileak’s Julian Assange, who also posted Clinton’s State Department e-mails, is promising more damaging leaks, part of a “Hillary Clinton project.”

UPDATE:  DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was supposed to have a big role at the convention, has resigned over the revelations.  The Democratic leadership is said to be in “disarray” over the e-mail leaks.

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Terrorist attack in Germany

A terrorist shouting “Allahu Akbar” began shooting children in a McDonald’s at Munich.  He then went on a rampage through a shopping mall, killing at least 9 and wounding more than 20.

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Clinton picks Tim Kaine for vice president

Hillary Clinton picked former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running-mate.  She could have picked someone from the left wing of the Democratic party, so as to placate Bernie Sanders supporters, but instead she chose a widely-experienced government official with the reputation as a moderate.  Perhaps her strategy is to reach out to those, including Republicans, who are alarmed by Donald Trump.

What do you think of her choice?  Does this apparent move to the center calm any apprehensions you may have about her?  Does this seemingly responsible pick make her seem more like the adult in the room, compared to the volatile and inexperienced Trump?  Or is this a choice that could backfire?  Might it cause many progressive Democrats, already frustrated with the way she shot down Sanders,  to turn to Trump, given his populism and his “revolutionary” shakeup of the establishment? [Read more…]

A theology of writing/a theology of fiction

My daughter Mary Moerbe, over at her blog Meet, Write, & Salutary, is trying to think through a theology of writing and a theology of fiction.   She is seeking input and possible contributors.  See where she is with this after the jump. [Read more…]


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