Ain’t it nice to be fightin’ on the winning side?

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Thys doth signifie thou shalt have no feare, chevalier. Renegade, passe by! A tourney, a tourney of falsehoods.”

“For three days and nights, they took it in turns to rest on the lavatory seat and subsisted on a few apples that they found in the cellar.”

She’s a Princess and she has a diplomatic passport, so off she goes. When she gets to India she apparently tells nobody what she’s up to.”

A picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, the first 990 words are “Awwwww.”

I am beginning to see death in a new way, dearest Katie.”

“There’s probably something that you’re doing right now that your great-great-grandchildren will find shocking and offensive.”

Including the abuser excludes the abused.”

“Right now most of the public simultaneously believes that the deficit is going to destroy the economy, and that an already passed plan to cut the deficit will destroy the economy.”

“This is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.”

The arc of history tilts towards equality and justice, and our society is rapidly but unevenly coming to the judgment that same-sex marriage is just and right.”

“Do we want to be a part of churches that are the moral police or the established order, or do we want to be part of churches that are agents of transformation and imagination for a very different way of life?

“Hardline Christendom doesn’t just stand to find itself on the wrong side of history on homosexuality. It could also end up on the wrong side of Christianity.”

“But pastor, don’t you think some of our churches are responsible for some of the attitudes towards gays in America, the negative attitudes?” “Probably, yeah.”

“The challenge we need to consider is two-fold: what is the Bible and how should we read it?

“At the end, after the glamour was gone she was exactly what she was all the time: a woman.”

“Buddy, just hang in there for another 35 years.”

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  • SisterCoyote

    Ian McKellan was wearing purple socks during that interview. I’m not sure why I noticed that, but I’m pretty sure it makes him approximately 60% cooler.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Not really relevant to anything, but Fred, you find some of the most adorable pictures. 

  • Lori

    Our country and societies around the world will read the Justices’
    decision(s) not principally as a legal document but instead as a
    statement by a wise body about whether same-sex marriages are morally
    right or wrong.  

    It depresses me that people consider a court where Antonin Scalia is treated as a great legal mind a “wise body”.

  • Kiba

    There’s probably something that you’re doing right now that your great-great-grandchildren will find shocking and offensive.

     

    To be honest, if I end up with grandchildren of any kind them I’m going to be that one that’s shocked. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    It depresses me that people consider a court where Antonin Scalia is treated as a great legal mind a “wise body”.

    Would it be too much to hope he suddenly discovers an urgent liking of fishing and wants to retire?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Not while there’s a Democrat in office he won’t.

  • Lori

    Yeah, there is no way he’s going to voluntarily retire while there’s a Dem in the White House. The only options for getting him off SCOTUS in the next 4 years are things that I believe on principle are inappropriate to wish for. 

  • Jessica_R

    They’ve started issuing marriage licenses to couples in Washington State, this is hands down my favorite photo from the day, http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/12/photo-of-day-ii.html#disqus_thread

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

    Totally off-topic but I am so excited I need to say it somewhere: My amazing wonderful girlfriend just bought me tickets to see Springsteen! I’ve going to see The Boss! Wooooooooo! Best. Christmas. Present. Ever.

  • rrhersh

    “There’s probably something that you’re doing right now that your great-great-grandchildren will find shocking and offensive.”

    And you probably are doing something that your great-great-grandparents would find shocking and offensive, beyond even the obvious sex and race stuff.  Baseball on Sunday, whether professional or kids on a sandlot, was for many years considered absolutely beyond the pale for respectable Christians.  It was well into the 20th century before the last blue laws prohibiting it was repealed.  Yankee Stadium isn’t just the House that Ruth Built:  it is the House that Sunday Baseball Built.  Nowadays large swaths of Evangelical Christianity seem to consider NFL Sunday as an integral part of their religion.

  • Tricksterson

    Impossible.  He’s already at 100% coolness.

  • Tricksterson

    Fortunately I’m an asshole so I have no problem hoping for a heart attack or stroke.

  • stardreamer42

     It’s perfectly appropriate to wish for him to reach enlightenment / have a change of heart. Unlikely as all hell, but appropriate.

  • stardreamer42

     It is totally wrong for my first reaction to be, “Oh, I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay…”?

  • Fusina

     And with that interview he totally bumped it up to 160% coolness.

    Gandalf rules!

  • stardreamer42

    That article about how including the abuser excludes the abused is powerful. This is a problem that’s not confined to evangelical Christianity — after all, isn’t it also the basis of what the Catholic authorities have been doing WRT abusive priests? 

    Logically, it’s an “irresistible force vs. immovable object” problem, which is to say that there is no real-world solution for it. If the Church insists (in accordance with long-established Christian dogma) that they cannot turn their back on the abuser, then the abused has been told that he or she doesn’t matter. If the Church says to the abuser, “Go, and find your salvation elsewhere”… well, that doesn’t happen, does it? But if it did, that would be in direct contradiction of one of the fundamental tenets of the faith. You can’t have it both ways, and in practical fact that means that the Church will always prioritize the abuser over the abused.

    This is one of the issues that continues to push people away from Christianity, because it adds the Church to the long list of “those who cannot be trusted”.  As those who have been abused heal, they look at this betrayal of trust and take themselves elsewhere.


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