Interpreting the Constitution like the Bible

I was raised to be an originalist. When asking what the constitution meant, we were always to look at the "original intent" of the founding fathers. PZ has just offered a perfect example of this: That man [Scalia]  is a dangerous lunatic. He’s got a theological dedication to insisting that the US must be run exclusively by the 18th century principles of the Founding Fathers — even when he’s willing to consider limitations on the ownership of weapons, he gives it an unbelievable twist. The justi … [Read more...]

Just which Bible are you reading?

I'm not the only one to point out that the Bible can be used to support very, very different things. Even Barack Obama has made this point:In case you're having trouble reading that, here you go: And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go … [Read more...]

Our F*cked Up Politics of Healthcare

You want to hear something sad? Just the other day I read that starting August first, women will be guaranteed an annual wellness doctor visit without a copay. Last week at my post-baby doctor visit, my doctor wanted to schedule me for wellness visit in six months, just to make sure everything was fine, and I intentionally put her off, wary of the copay (especially with the upcoming prospect of having to pay for daycare for two children). So when I read about the new requirement, my immediate … [Read more...]

So it seems I’m not very original…

You remember my wager, which I titled "Libby Anne's Wager"? Apparently Marcus Aurelius said, well, just about exactly the same thing (as in, uncannily so):Edit 1: It turns out that the above is not a direct quotation, but rather a condensed summary of some of Marcus Aurelius' thoughts and writings. Many thanks to my observant readers!Edit 2: Apparently Marcus Aurelius might not have actually said anything like that. Oops! Oh well, whoever said it first, it wasn't me! … [Read more...]

Boycotts and Me: A Chick-fil-A Roundup

I haven't posted anything about Chick-fil-A yet, even though it's been in the news lately. Thing is, the current flap is all too familiar. I remember the boycotts. It seems like, as evangelicals, we were always boycotting something. The one I remember most is K-Mart, which we studiously avoided even though I don't even remember what they did that we were unhappy with.In this post, I'm going to quote from a number of articles from the blogosphere to examine the recent Chick-fil-A issue and … [Read more...]

Airplanes and me; Or, what a BIG family means

The other day I was talking to a friend about how much I would love to live on one of the coasts someday. I expressed some concern about the idea, though, because it would mean living so far away from all of our family, possibly even requiring numerous days of driving to come for a visit. "Why wouldn't you just fly?" my friend asked, confused. And I just looked at her. "Oh." See, growing up in a family with a dozen or more kids meant that flying was never an option, ever. But with only two kids, … [Read more...]

Dear Lisa: Let us offer you some hope

Lisa of broken daughters recently wrote a post in which she admitted that even though she is in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful young man, she is scared to death of marriage and can't picture herself married. Now, I don't think there is anything wrong with people choosing not to marry, and plenty make that choice. It's just that Lisa's reasons are as follows: "But I’m afraid of marriage. I’m afraid of what marriage is to me, what I have been taught marriage is. You see, I only know two … [Read more...]