Teo Bishop, a prominent neo-Pagan–a celebrity among Druids and Witches–has announced his conversion to Christianity. He now says, “I’m overwhelmed with thoughts of Jesus. . . Jesus and God and Christianity and the Lord’s Prayer and compassion and forgiveness and hope. … I don’t know what to do with all of this.” [Read more…]
The Obama administration has engineered, with other nations, an agreement with Iran that would ease economic sanctions against that country in return for certain restrictions on its nuclear weapons program–for six months. Israel and Sunni Muslim nations disapprove. So does Charles Krauthammer, whose critique can be found after the jump. [Read more…]
Pastors and other church workers have long been able to take part of their compensation as an untaxed housing allowance, resulting in substantial tax savings. But a federal court has ruled in a suit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation that the tax break for clergy is unconstitutional.
The ruling has been stayed, pending appeal, but if it stands, pastors and their families will take a significant hit in their income. [Read more…]
Senate Democrats employed the so-called “nuclear option,” changing Senate rules so as to eliminate the possibility of a filibuster for presidential appointments (not including Supreme Court justices–nor does it apply to regular legislation, which may still be filibustered). The threat of a filibuster–that is, unlimited debate, unless a supermajority shuts it down–has meant that Senators had to cobble together 60 votes to pass a bill or confirm a nominee.
Yes, the filibuster slowed things down, but, as (liberal) Dana Milbank points out, it also required the forging of bipartisan support. For that reason, he says, today’s Senate has actually accomplished much more than the polarized House of Representatives has. “Now the Senate will be just as dysfunctional.” See Mr. Milbank’s case for the filibuster after the jump. [Read more…]
The 50th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who, BBC’s quirky Science Fiction series whose main character can regenerate with new actors, was celebrated with a special episode simulcast around the world, which came on here in the colonies at 2:50 ET. The episode was quite ingenious. See outtakes from reviews after the jump.
Surely there are lots of readers of this blog who are also Doctor who fans. What’s your take on the special? the series after 50 years? Who is your favorite Doctor? (The definitive Doctor for me was Tom Baker, who had an important cameo at the end–as the Curator–but who, I suspect, was not even recognized by younger fans. Or are fans so fanatical that they know all of the doctors? If you are young, did you know who the Curator is?) [Read more…]