More thread for those who wish to discuss Ron Paul

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. — Martin Luther King Jr. Since we’re now approaching 300 comments on the previous Ron Paul-related post, it may be good to get some fresh, front-page thread for those who would like to continue [Read More...]

‘An Act for establishing religious Freedom’

This statute, written by Thomas Jefferson, was passed 226 years ago today by the Virginia General Assembly. Jefferson was rightly proud of that. The evangelical Christian voting bloc, influenced by lying con artists like David Barton, may cite the first line here as evidence that Jefferson believed in an Almighty God and creator. And influenced [Read More...]

How do you say ‘perestroika’ in Burmese?

“Burma joy as freed prisoners head home“ When Ko Ko Gyi arrived at Rangoon airport the crowd had been waiting several hours and rushed to greet him. People almost jumped on him, shouting, cheering, thronging him, calling out his name. Ko Ko Gyi is one of the best known of the 88 generation of student [Read More...]

The further adventures of Charters & Caldicott

"You know I'm half-inclined to believe that there's some rational explanation for all this. …"

You don’t suppose there’s something in this fellow’s story, Caldicott, do you? After all, people don’t go about tying up nuns. Dan Heaton at Pop Matters reviews the new DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. This is a great old film, and one those who know me well know is one of my [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Amos 5:16-24 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord: In all the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’ They shall call the farmers to mourning, and those skilled in lamentation, to wailing; in all the vineyards there shall be wailing, for I [Read More...]

On names, naming and name-calling


So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the [Read More...]

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School is a very bad school

Before saying anything about the Supreme Court decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. EEOC we first need to say something about the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School itself. It’s a bad school. It’s a very bad school and no parent should consider sending their children there. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School teaches children bad [Read More...]

Tim LaHaye gets apocalyptic in backing Newt Gingrich

Tim LaHaye and his wife Beverly, founder of Ladies Against Women, announced yesterday that they are endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination for president. Tim LaHaye has been an influential power-broker in the religious right and the Republican Party for the past 30 years — this despite the fact that he [Read More...]