The man comes around on marriage equality

So we just witnessed history. This is something that had never happened before. And now it has. No sitting president had ever said this before. And now one has. Cool. ABC News: “President Obama Affirms His Support for Same-Sex Marriage” “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have [Read More…]

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N.C. Amendment One reactions (part 2)

The theme here seems to be that the arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We hope. We hope that it bends toward justice and we hope that it is not too long. Hope has two daughters … Alvin McEwen: “A few words of encouragement to my N.C. brothers and sisters” [Read More…]

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The ‘biblical science’ of creationism is neither biblical nor science

Young-earth creationist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis says that his expertise in science is every bit as legitimate as his expertise in biblical interpretation. I agree. You should too. So-called “scientific creationists” like Ham claim that they are doing “biblical science,” but what they are doing has just as little to do with the [Read More…]

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The hour when the ship comes in

“I suppose if you were to meet one you’d be a bit intimidated, because they’d still be a meter tall with tusks.” “If money can be showered short-term on banks, it can be showered short-term on consumers, whether through benefit handouts, vouchers, tax holidays or scrappage schemes.” “Without a single exception, every time that the [Read More…]

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N.C. Amendment One reactions (part 1)

A lot of smart, sharp, wise, kind and thoughtful reactions today to North Carolina’s vote for an amendment to its state constitution barring same-sex marriage and civil unions. Here’s a sampling. Bruce Garrett: “Notice” I can appreciate that some people have deeply held religious beliefs. What I don’t appreciate is some people turning my hopes [Read More…]

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Some encouraging signs

The passage of Amendment One in North Carolina has me feeling grumpy and deflated. So here are a few stories to remind myself that there are also reasons to be hopeful and encouraged. 1. “The Man Who Walked Into a Hornet’s Nest” The other day I linked to a post by Jessica at Love Is [Read More…]

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Will the majority allow minority rights in N.C.?

The citizens of North Carolina vote today on Amendment One, a ridiculous exercise in “Scissors for Hitler” silliness that makes the Tarheel State look just as foolish as if they were voting on a ban against left-handedness or an amendment decreeing that people with blue eyes can’t be licensed to drive. It’s ugly, stupid and [Read More…]

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Hotfoot powder all around my door

“Material things kill painlessly, but love revives us through torments.” “The fine for wage theft was so light and the protections for workers were so weak, that it just made sense to violate the law.” (via Punning Pundit) “Which federal program took in more than it spent last year, added $95 billion to its surplus [Read More…]

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