Chuck Colson Dies at 80

Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports for NPR: “Watergate Figure, Evangelist Chuck Colson Dies at 80” Charles Colson, who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal and later became an influential evangelical Christian, has died. Colson went from being one of the nation’s most despised men to a hero of conservative Christians. Colson [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Ed @ Gin and Tacos: “Running the Numbers: The Lottery, Part 2“ Lotteries are machines designed to extract money from the poor and redistribute it to the middle and upper classes in the form of property tax relief, school funds, and merit-based scholarships. This is the point at which one of our friends on the [Read More…]

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Southern Baptists might do the right thing and fire Richard Land

I first wrote about Richard Land’s awful comments on the Trayvon Martin case because it seemed to me a particularly egregious example of the sort of horrible, nasty dishonesty that politically conservative evangelicals regularly spout with impunity. I wrote that Land needed to be fired because that was true, but also because I didn’t expect [Read More…]

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Secular or sectarian: Pick one or the other

“I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism.” — Mitt Romney, April 2, 2012 Once again: the opposite of secularism is sectarianism. Those are the choices. Pick one. Romney chooses sectarianism. Next question for everyone who, like Romney, rejects secularism: Which sect do you think should be established [Read More…]

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Sisters are doing it for themselves

So President Bush (the first one) was rallying for a war with Iraq (also the first one) and Pope John Paul (the second one) issued a strongly worded condemnation of such a war as unjust. I was in a room filled with formidable women who had themselves been opposing the march to war using much [Read More…]

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Marine officer hopes to revive Crusader ‘heritage’

Chris Rodda reports on one U.S. Marine squadron’s “Return to Being ‘Crusaders’“: In 2008, when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 was preparing to deploy to Iraq, the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. William Lieblein, did something very wise and sensible — he changed the nickname of the unit from “Crusaders” back to its former name, the [Read More…]

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… It isn’t even past.

JoAnn Wypijewski offers a thought-provoking history lesson, reminding us that whatever we might think about A Handmaid’s Tale as a speculative, dystopian vision of the future, it’s also an accurate reflection of America’s dystopian past: The mass-culture story of slavery is usually told in terms of economics, labor, color, men. Women outnumbered men in the [Read More…]

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Tax rates are at historic lows

Ben Peck of The American Prospect has a list of the “Top Ten Tax Facts.” The whole thing is worth reading — as is the source material Peck links to. Here are some highlights: 1. The government has collected less in taxes as a proportion of the economy in the past three years than it [Read More…]

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