Jon Acuff on “How to make sure someone steals your kid’s lunch money.” What I was getting at here, but shorter and funnier.
Raymond Raines is now 28 years old and he was never punished for praying in a grade-school cafeteria.
Good to see: Rachel Marie Stone defends science at Christianity Today, writing “Love Your Neighbor. Get Your Vaccines.”
Not-So Good to see: Christianity Today reports on health-care funding for poor women in Texas. They seem to be against it. But they make a strong case: Christians are Good, and Planned Parenthood is Evil. Health care for poor women comes from PP, not from Christians. Therefore health care for poor women is evil. QED.
Uh-oh. What if you’re a poor woman in Texas, but the good Christians just cut your Planned Parenthood funding — how will you “Love Your Neighbor and Get Your Vaccines“?
William D. Lindsey shares a parable from Timothy B. Tyson. A true story from North Carolina, 1941.
The Parents Television Council says there has been a 2,700-percent “year-over-year increase in the amount of pixelated and/or blurred nudity on prime time broadcast TV.” And, they say, there has been a 2,409-percent increase in “the use of bleeped profanity” in recent years. They are, as always, outraged. And they should be. So let’s all demand that prime-time broadcasters stop bleeping profanity and stop pixelating nudity. For the children.
Ooh, this is fun. I second Milla, Jolie, Weaver and Hamilton. And I would like to also nominate Pam Grier, please. And Uma.
This is why giraffes get so much more done than I ever will.
Bruce Garrett wrote what I thought was the best response to the shooting last week at the Family Research Council. It’s four sentences. Go read them.
Paterson v. Barlow is the work of astonishing bigotry — bigotry now shaping elections here in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania voters, please read this, soon, or you may not get to be Pennsylvania voters.
“Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.” Would you be surprised if I told you that the person who said that was an elected official — a law-maker, a person entrusted with the making of law?
No? That would not surprise you? Well, what if I told you that the person who said that was a Republican elected official from Kentucky? Still not surprised? Me either.
Six criteria that, if met, would justify using the word “demonic.” And the heresy that meets all six.
It enabled us to rise so high that our abilities and numbers may threaten the whole planet. Or else — if we choose — empower us to save the Earth, and heal it and tend and manage it.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of Noah in two sentences.
Juan Cole highlights the “Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform.” Only five?
Sometimes people give tribal answers to pollsters, saying what they think will score a point for their team rather than what they really think. I very much hope that’s the case here. I hope that 52 percent of Republicans aren’t that stupid, and are just lying to score points for their tribe.
Franklin Graham thinks we’re witnessing “the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards” and that everything has gotten worse since the Golden Age of our lost innocence. I say it’s 2012, and that we now have the capacity and the will to stimulate squid chromatophores with Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane.”
And I say that proves there has never been a more glorious time to be alive.