If I can’t change your mind

  Reinhold Bieber. Yeah? You know who else believes in science? Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. “Politics is weird. And creepy.” “If there’s a contest for most sympathetic plaintiff in a lawsuit opposing a state voter ID law, Pennsylvania’s Viviette Applewhite wins.” “Their landlords treat them in ways my landlords have [Read More…]

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But if you look twice …

“From now on all generations will call me blessed — I’m the one that’s cool.” “The Amish man’s name was Umry, or at least that’s what we called him. At some point in his life he had developed an affinity for the Browns.” “Thank you for affirming my preconceived notions on that subject.” (Also.) “I [Read More…]

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‘You call that worship? As if.’

I am not a fan of having government officials proclaim a “National Day of Prayer.” If religious leaders want to proclaim such a day for their followers, that’s terrific — although Isaiah 58 ought to make them a bit cautious about the idea. That passage provides God’s sarcastic dismissal of such a proclamation. And, yes, [Read More…]

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A history lesson in papal pettiness and misogyny

At National Catholic Reporter, Ken Briggs’ “They Took Leadership, Incurred Wrath” recounts the history of tension between American nuns and the Vatican. It seems the all-male hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church was aggrieved and threatened simply by the fact that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had the audacity to include the word “leadership” [Read More…]

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Tribalism and affinity scams

Here’s another downside to evangelical tribalism: It makes evangelicals more prone to being suckered by affinity scams. Two brothers ran a phony $6 million securities offering and Ponzi scheme that preyed on evangelical Christians tied to a private school, according to federal prosecutors. The SEC sued Usee Inc. and brothers Terry Wiese, 64, of Little [Read More…]

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A timely conversation from 1958

Just came across this while looking for something else.* Mike Wallace interviews Reinhold Niebuhr, April 27, 1958: WALLACE: Dr. Niebuhr, the first question I’d like to put to you is perhaps a very obvious one, but I would like a kind of a capsulized answer, if I may. We hear about the necessity for a [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Carol Howard Merritt: “(Re)Imagining Christianity“ Right now, on the 21st Century blogosphere, Christians argue whether women should keep silent in churches. That’s right. It’s 2012 and they believe that women are so subordinate that we should not even be allowed to ask questions in a Bible study. First Timothy explains that Eve tasted the fruit [Read More…]

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Do you know the way [around in] San Jose?

So the big family adventure coming up in May is a trip to sunny California for the “2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Girls’ High School National Invitational Championships.” Pretty cool — a big honor and a big opportunity for my daughters and the rest of the undefeated DRFC Dingoes. We’ll be in Stanford for the [Read More…]

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