James Dobson Shrugs It Off

The news about Mark Foley is over a week old now. And unless you've been up on Mars wandering around with the rover, you know that Foley was the Congressman from Florida who recently resigned after news broke that he had been sexually harrassing 16-year old boys. It's a fact of life that sexual predators have always been with us. Sadly, Foley's particular case, while pathetic, isn't exactly shocking. But what is shocking, and the reason this story has caught on and refuses to die, is the … [Read more...]

Teen Spirit

Teenagers abandoning evangelical churches in droves? So say many church leaders according to the New York Times. For those outside the subscription wall, here's the money quote:“I’m looking at the data,” said Ron Luce, who organized the meetings and founded Teen Mania, a 20-year-old youth ministry, “and we’ve become post-Christian America, like post-Christian Europe. We’ve been working as hard as we know how to work — everyone in youth ministry is working hard — but we’re losing.” … [Read more...]

Evolutionary Biology Major Dropped From DOE Approved List

The New York Times is reporting that the evolutionary biology major has been dropped from the U.S. Department of Education's list of eligible majors for educational grants. So if you're a low-income student applying for a Pell or other federal grant and you want to study evolutionary biology, the feds won't pay for it. When contacted, a Department of Education spokesperson claimed that it was a "clerical error" and would be fixed right away. That was last Tuesday. I just checked out the official … [Read more...]

The Needle’s Eye

Jesus famously said: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24) In the previous post with the video about selling everything a reader interpreted this to mean that the "rich man can enter heaven (with his riches which is what Jesus implies), but it is difficult." Variants on this apology include the mistaken notion that there was a gate in Jerusalem called the "Needle's Eye" that was narrow but still … [Read more...]

Kansas Course Correction

In December 2005, Judge Jones struck a blow against the Intelligent Design (ID) movement in Dover, PA (Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District). Perhaps just as important as the decision itself was the public reaction to it at the polling booth. Locals in Dover overwhelming "threw out the bums" and voted in moderate school board members who had promised to restore science to the classroom. And that they did.Not all districts have reported in yet, but it looks like the same thing is … [Read more...]

Reverend Questions Church and State Entanglement

There's a great article in today's New York Times entitled "Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock," (Jul 30, A1, A21). It tells how Rev. Gregory A. Boyd of the Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently gave a series of sermons that essentially argued against coupling politics and religion. Or more specifically, the Republican Party from Christianity. What makes this story interesting is that Woodland Hills is an evangelical megachurch with more than 6,000 … [Read more...]

Da Vinci Code

My curiosity got the better of me and I went to see the Da Vinci Code last night. I hadn't planned to go because the critics have been near universal in saying how horrible they thought it was. I'm glad I didn't listen to them. It was a fantastic movie. Sure it was standard Hollywood fare -- go see Brick if you're looking for an outstanding indie -- but the screenplay improved on the book's tortured prose, the acting was excellent, very good editing and use of flashbacks, good pacing, overall … [Read more...]

Pat “Superman” Robertson

The freakometer reached category 6 with the announcement on Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that Pat Robertson can leg-press 2,000 pounds. The site claims that Robertson's superhuman strength in "keeping his energy high and his vitality soaring is his age-defying protein shake." The recipe for this magical potion is available for download on the site. Has the man no shame? … [Read more...]