Note: I am traveling most of this week, but will do my best to maintain the blog schedule.
In the News
1. Thanks, Moody’s. That’s a great idea.
2. Is it a coincidence that the states whose economies and whose state budgets are faring best have been under the leadership of conservatives? As Walter Russell Mead noted in a typically incisive column recently:
The states where unemployment rates for African Americans are relatively low are states where not many African Americans live: Alaska (5.4 percent Black unemployment), Wyoming (6.2 percent), Idaho (8.0 percent), Hawaii (9.6 percent) and (at 10.3 percent) New Hampshire. Except for Hawaii all are generally conservative, low-tax states. The states with the highest unemployment rates for African Americans are staunchly blue: Wisconsin (25 percent), Michigan (23.9 percent), Minnesota (22 percent), Maine (21.4 percent) and Washington (21.4 percent).
3. Casey Anthony emerges from prison, and vanishes.
In the Pews
1. A surprisingly decent article from USA Today on the debate amongst churches and clergy over gay ordination.
3. R. C. Sproul: “Does God Forgive and Forget?” Sproul states the question: “Are my sins that I genuinely repent of remembered by God after my death or are they removed forever?”
BONUS: I recently interviewed Josh McDowell about his forthcoming book on sex. The Christian Post has more.