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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‘Children of the Rainbow’

  “Together we will live / every sister and every brother” “Imagine you find out later in life your daughter or son or niece or nephew or grandchild is gay and they remember, or are told, that you either voted for Amendment One or remained silent and did not protest the Amendment.” “The clincher for [Read More…]

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Standing up to bullies is offensive, but legal discrimination is not?

So it seems a student journalism group invited Dan Savage to speak and then was shocked … shocked! … when Dan Savage showed up and spoke like Dan Savage. The advice columnist and “It Gets Better” video pioneer didn’t say anything new or unusual or unexpected, and nothing he hasn’t said before in more prominent [Read More…]

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Pass the offering plate: Congress wants every church to cough up $50,000

Bread for the World: “Congress Wants Your Church to Spend $50,000” The House of Representatives just proposed to cut more than $169 billion from SNAP, formerly the food stamps program. Some representatives argued that feeding hungry people is really the work of the churches. These representatives are essentially saying that every church across America — [Read More…]

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The Liar Tony Perkins defends the birthers

The Liar Tony Perkins says that questioning the legitimacy of this president’s birth certificate is “a legitimate issue.” The leader of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council defended the birthers while a guest on “AFA Today,” a radio show hosted by Sandy Rios of the American Family Association. Rios has spent most of [Read More…]

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Sign says God’s gone fishin’

  “We do not have to live as if we are alone.” “Those people are wrong, and they must be shouted down.” “It is about us saying ‘no’ to hate, even when it is done in the name of God — no, especially when it is done in the name of God.” “Here before my [Read More…]

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