A Rick Santorum reader

If this be a method, there’s madness in it. I don’t get up early enough or stay up late enough to keep track of every strange, foolish, insultingly ludicrous, blasphemous or fantastical thing my former senator, Rick Santorum, has been saying lately. The Republican presidential candidate has produced such an astonishing string of wild accusations, [Read More…]

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Long enough to reach the ground

How can Mitt Romney recall childhood memories of Detroit’s Golden Jubilee? That event, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American automobile, took place June 1, 1946 — “fully nine months before Romney was born.” David Barton offers one explanation. “Biblically,” the fraudulent non-historian says, “life begins before conception.” This may also explain why [Read More…]

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Rick Santorum and the Anti Kitten-Burning Coalition

Burning kittens is wrong. It is cruel, it is illegal and it is, quite simply, evil. No one should burn kittens. I am, unambiguously and without qualification, opposed to burning kittens. I am also confident that you are opposed to this too. And that latter point is why I cannot join the Anti Kitten-Burning Coalition. [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jesse Curtis: “A lot of Christians don’t care about poor people“ What I hear from evangelicals a lot is that it is the church’s job, not the government’s, to care for the poor. I would dispute the either/or proposition contained in that argument (after all, the laws God gave Israel included government mandated redistribution of [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 John 2:7-11 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and [Read More…]

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Only the echoes of my mind

“If Jesus is about anything, it’s that love trumps rules.” “Time will tell whether these evangelical colleges are on the right side of history. But I can’t help thinking that 50 years from now they will look back and wonder what the fuss was about.” “Even though we imposed our religious views on others when [Read More…]

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Everybody’s talkin’

“Someday, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid.” “You can either be on the right side of history or the wrong side of history. Your choice. But if you’re on the wrong side, be ready to look like an asshole to your grandchildren, no matter how many savings bonds you give [Read More…]

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Preparing for rebirth

So it’s that time of year. Lent has begun (see Kathleen A. Mulhern’s “Lent FAQ” at Patheos). It’s time to plan out the garden and plot out the plot. And in Florida, grown men practice fielding bunts, working now so they can play later. While some teams begin spring training with exciting new free agents [Read More…]

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