Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving

“Tonight I think no poetry will serve” “He was a giant and his influence was felt across the music world.” “Violence against women is as American as apple pie.” “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.” “Common to human experience, [Jürgen] Moltmann proposes, is the experience of godforsakenness.” “Moltmann’s theology is based on [Read More…]

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Justices don’t understand insurance, health care, economics …

The depressing news from the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t just that several of the more conservative justices seem willing to upend a century of legal precedent if it would score a win for their party. The depressing news is that these justices do not seem to understand the Affordable Care Act, the Emergency Medical Treatment [Read More…]

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Sticking up for other people’s rights

Charles Kuffner points us to this encouraging story from Texas — “Catholic group urges TAPPS review.” TAPPS is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which made national news earlier this year for waiting to get sued before agreeing to reschedule a state basketballl playoff game. TAPPS had scheduled a Jewish school to play [Read More…]

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Don’t speak. Don’t speak.

“The only reason people wouldn’t have insurance is if they’re cheapskates? Really?” “Family health insurance premiums that would have taken a minimum wage worker 329 hours to earn in 1979 would have taken 2,079 hours in 2011.” “Nine employees covered by the federal health insurance plan.” Justice Antonin Scalia: less demand means higher prices. Wait [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

David Roberts: “Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson?“ The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked [Read More…]

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I mean to confound these bungers

“From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day” “Rue, played by the adorable Amandla Sternberg, was described as having ‘dark brown skin and eyes’ – thus the ruination of the film at the hands of a dark-skinned, dark-eyed actress.” “Health care reform made lifetime limits illegal — which is why Violet’s family breathed easier [Read More…]

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‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’

We get an unvarnished look at the National Organization for Marriage from internal strategy memos posted online as part of a court case in Maine. The documents include things like NOM’s, “Marriage: $20 Million Strategy for Victory.” Here, via Alvin McEwen of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, is one aspect of that “strategy for victory”: [Read More…]

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Defending America from the Satanazis

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite asks a good question: The choice between the biblical values of “good news for the poor” as announced by Jesus, and the “good news for the rich” of GOP fiscal proposals should be an easy one for Christians across the spectrum from liberal to conservative. But it’s not, as is clear from [Read More…]

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