Actions speak louder than “Satanic baby-killer” rhetoric

Syndicated reruns got me hooked on the old CBS show Early Edition years after it was cancelled. It’s a lot of fun. If you haven’t seen it, it starred a pre-Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler as Chicagoan Gary Hobson. Every morning, mysteriously, he receives the next day’s newspaper — a newspaper with tomorrow’s news. Given [Read More…]

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Against such there must be a law

“There is no law against such things,” the apostle Paul wrote of “self-control.” Silly man. People can’t be allowed to control themselves. That’s why we have all kinds of laws against such things. Laws forbidding self-control are, in fact, the essence of contemporary American evangelicalism. Advocacy for such laws are what we have made the [Read More…]

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Preserving the peace in a holy place

CJR’s Merrill Perlman tackles a style question regarding two newly acquired titles — “Cardinal Sins: First or middle name?” In ceremonies filled with pomp, twenty-two men were named cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church, including two from the United States: Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and Edwin O’Brien, emeritus archbishop of Baltimore [Read More…]

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A personal testimony: Cathleen Falsani interviews state Sen. Barack Obama in 2004

Cathleen Falsani explains the background of this interview transcript: At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2004, when I was the religion reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop at 330 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, for an interview about his faith. From the [Read More…]

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We’re not laughing with you, we’re laughing at you

When the Republican bishops insist on making themselves ridiculous, honest people will provide the only appropriate response: ridicule. Amy Poehler and Seth Myers: “Really!?! With Seth and Amy” Jon Stewart: “Sir, your parable about the kosher deli, while delicious, makes no [frocking] sense …” Mark Silk: “Lori’s Kosher Deli” What’s interesting about Lori’s little jeu d’esprit [Read More…]

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First, the good news

Good news, glad tidings and other otherwise delightful, happy or amusing stuff from recent days. Keith Humphreys reminds us that many men of the cloth don’t spend their days testifying before Congress in all-male panels dedicated to denying rights to women — “Christianity and the Least of Us“: This week’s Economist article about the remarkable [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Charlie Pierce: “Austerity: The Beatings Will Continue …“ Austerity has murdered any hope of recovery in the UK. It seems to have done the same thing in Italy. And, in Greece, the citizens of democracy’s birthplace seem to be taking offense at the notion that their first obligation is to punish themselves to make a [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Matthew 7:12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. [Read more…]

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