Never assume

My all-time favorite photo cutline from the Associated Press was for a picture of President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI. It read: “Pope Benedict XVI (left) welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama (right) at the Vatican.” It’s difficult to imagine a reader for whom the words “Pope Benedict XVI” and “President Barack Obama” are in [Read More...]

Flashback post: "What's the score?"

The following was originally posted in March of 2005 (using actual scores from actual NCAA tournament games). I’m reposting it today because: A) it’s still true, and B) we’re still having this same argument at the paper and I’m still losing it. And I’m a sore loser. The sports section is still safe. It is, [Read More...]

"It's all middle game"

Hey, did you hear what infamous lying historian David Barton said about net neutrality? He … Wait, sorry. Who cares what a confirmed and unrepentant evil liar like David Barton says about anything? And why would anyone think to ask him about it. Was someone sitting around thinking, “Hmmm, this business about the free flow [Read More...]

You must remember this …

I tripped over a very strange sentence in The New York Times on Friday. It was in John Leland’s article about the group of evangelical Christians planting churches in the East Village, the “Evangelical Squad” behind Trinity Grace Church. Responding in the Village Voice, Rosie Gray has some fun with the way this group is [Read More...]

Easter Saturday

(With the new site, I’m reposting this from last year.) Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;? therefore, we are saved by faith.? Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, [Read More...]


Bruce Prescott, leader of the Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, recently spoke at an immigration rally on the steps of Oklahoma’s state capitol, where he argued that “Immigrants Shouldn’t Need ‘Any Stinking Papers.’” The rally opposed Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation proposed in the state’s legislature: [Republican Rep. Randy] Terrill wants Oklahoma to adopt stricter anti-immigration laws similar to [Read More...]

Calling all Freds

I want to address a matter of great concern to all Freds everywhere. Our good name is in jeopardy. I’m sure you’ve seen news footage of the cruel demonstrations by the so-called Westboro Baptist Church. They gather to heckle and mock wherever others gather to mourn — particularly at the funerals of fallen soldiers or [Read More...]

All that remains is a fragment of song

The Revealer brings us news of a study on the religious right’s bold new campaign to stand up for bullies and bullying. Among the groups bravely fighting for the right of the strong to torment the weak are the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association. Basically, any group with [Read More...]