Morning Links: Anders Breivik, "Sister Wives," Amy Winehouse, and the Beach Boys

In the News

1.  The attack in Norway was horrific, with an explosion in town to attract the interest of police and then a wanton slaughter of the children of the elite on an island summer-camp.  Anders Breivik was driven by a sort of “crusade” on behalf of Christian society.  And Norway police arrived 90 minutes after the firing began.

2.  Same-Sex Marriages Begin in New York.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Turley, attorney for the family of Kody Brown, the “Sister Wives” family that is challenging anti-polygamy laws, refers to the legalization of same-sex marriages in making their case: “They want to be allowed to create a loving family according to the values of their faith.”  My own report on sexual vs. religious freedoms appeared in World Mag.

3.  Amy Winehouse’s downward spiral, through alcohol and drugs, to an early death.

In the Pews

1.  I did not have the chance last week to point out Campus Crusade’s name-change to “Cru.”  A case of political correctness run amok, or a wise recognition that the word “Crusade” is needlessly offensive?  I choose the latter.

2.  The Beach Boys = Pro-lifers?  Perhaps so.

3.  Andrew Brown argues that Breivik was not a Christian so much as an anti-Islamist.  This will require further comment.  Was Breivik really a Christian?  More soon.

About Timothy Dalrymple

Timothy Dalrymple was raised in non-denominational evangelical congregations in California. The son and grandson of ministers, as a young boy he spent far too many hours each night staring at the ceiling and pondering the afterlife.
In all his work he seeks a better understanding of why people do, and do not, come to faith, and researches and teaches in religion and science, faith and reason, theology and philosophy, the origins of atheism, Christology, and the religious transformations of suffering

  • David French

    From Crusade to “Cru.” Is “both” a possible response to your question?