Morning Report, July 21

1.  As explained in a Washington Post piece today, North Korean labor camps have been in operation for twice as long as the Soviet gulag and twelve times as long as Nazi concentration camps.  Experts estimate that roughly 200,000 political and religious prisoners reside in the camps today, and hundreds of thousands more have passed [Read More…]

Morning Report, July 20

1.  The White House is delaying release of its usual midsummer budget update, apparently because the news is so bad that it would further complicate, and possibly sink, their efforts to pass health care reform in the next month or so.  The administration promised economic armageddon if its stimulus were not passed and a swift [Read More…]

Is Gay Marriage a Cultural Issue?

Tony Jones has done meaningful work in ministry and serves through his books to introduce important questions into the bloodstream of contemporary evangelical discourse. Unfortunately, his reflection on same-sex marriage is rather muddled. The two most important words in the article are meaningless and cultural. [Click here to read the rest on the Evangelical portal [Read More…]

Morning Report, Weekend Edition, July 18

Having returned from my travels, I can now resume the regular Morning Report schedule. 1.  Walter Cronkite passed away yesterday at the age of 92.  He was raised Protestant and joined the Episcopal church as a youth.  As he told an interviewer in 1994, he attended Boy Scout troop meetings at an Episcopal church, where [Read More…]

Morning Report, Afternoon Edition

UPDATE: Harry Potter review posted here. Since I’m still traveling today, I have to offer my Morning Report a little late. 1.  The recent sex scandal of John Ensign has (justifiably or not) brought into the spotlight “The Fellowship” or “The Family,” which is a network of evangelical Christians who seek to connect and influence [Read More…]