Only the shadows of their eyes

“These children have faces, they have names, they have moms and dads, and they were all under five years old.” “Wait for it. … Wait for it. … Tee-hee!” “It’s not about your right as a gay person to dignity. It’s about our right to declare that you aren’t worthy of it.” “Here’s someone whose [Read More…]

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My family’s involvement with a criminal conspiracy

For the past five years, I’ve been part of a big Catholic family, even before I married into it. Due to lease logistics, I moved in with my future father-in-law for the five months before my wedding. Three of us lived in that house: me, Pop and my wife’s Uncle Joe, a retired priest. We [Read More…]

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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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