Freedom for all three religions: fundraising theater

The Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Catholic fundraising group that portrays itself as a defender of religious liberty, seems to be hoping to corner the market on fundraising from anti-Muslim conservative Catholics. That’s bad. But it has had the felicitous side-effect of pushing the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — another conservative Catholic fundraising [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Susan Lawler: “Belief and skepticism: creating nonsense by mislabeling scientists and deniers“ (via) [Climate] skeptics, as portrayed in the media circus, are completely mislabeled. Those who deny actual evidence cannot be called skeptics. They begin by believing in the rightness of their cause, and then cherry pick their facts. No true sceptic would develop an [Read More…]

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Building bridges (actual, literal bridges)

Here’s an illustration that also illustrates why I’m a lousy religion blogger. The illustrious Scot McKnight writes about “Cracks in the Bridge“: From a distance the bridge looks healthy, even attractive. Up close, and under the eyes of a careful observer, the bridge has cracks. If the cracks are attended to in the right way [Read More…]

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Thomas More vs. Mary Dyer: The bishops don’t know what ‘religious liberty’ means

The U.S. Catholic bishops have decided to make Thomas More the central figure in their summer protests against the government guarantee of equal health insurance coverage for women. Scott Paeth notes that this choice probably reveals more about the bishops’ agenda than they intended: Thomas More died for the sake of his conscience. More also [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Titus 1:12 It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, ‘Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.’ [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Vorjack: “Ur Doing It Wrong“ Religions are variegated things that allow the individual more control than most folks acknowledge. We’re fond of treating religion as something you’re born into and stuck with barring deconversion. We don’t often talk about the streams of tradition within the religion that an individual must accept or reject. Look around [Read More…]

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You’ll be amazed before you’re halfway there

“It all seemed so real, like it made so much sense, but it wasn’t right.” “Some people — in this case 63 percent — never learn.” “Before we can ‘do something’ for the poor, there are some things we need to stop doing to them.” “Climate change isn’t just making maple syrup scarcer — it’s [Read More…]

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‘The money changers in this temple will not stand’

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” “Elective abortions are not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” “The truth is that spending, taxes and the deficit are all lower today than when President Obama took office.” “For the first [Read More…]

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