Driscoll disses Calvin, plus Esther, Vashti & Lisbeth

The Rev. Mark Driscoll has taken his all-American style of d-bag theology to the UK, telling British Christians to “man-up.” Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards [Read More…]

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‘Freedom is often most delicious when it is extended’

Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta points us to a column in the (Ind.) Journal & Courier by Baptist minister Steve Viars, calling on Tippecanoe County commissioners to approve the zoning application for an Islamic center. Viars sounds like a Baptist minister in this column — citing Roger Williams and the First Amendment in an op-ed that [Read More…]

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Like hope, I have two daughters

Like hope, I have two daughters. And while they are not named Anger and Courage, they are both beautiful. This year one’s a junior and one’s a sophomore in high school. If they continue on their current schedule, that means they will graduate from college* in 2017 and 2018. So I pay attention to things [Read More…]

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TFTM: Chauffeurs for the powers that be

Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Part 2 Left Behind II: Tribulation Force is, obviously, a sequel. As such it gets a bit bogged down initially in some awkwardly sequel-ish revisiting of stuff from the first movie. I’m happy to give director Bill Corcoran a pass on that, though, since this early part of the movie [Read More…]

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Rick Santorum vs. Pope Pius XI — one candidate, two encyclicals

I read two recent items about former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum that both turned out to be, oddly, about former Pope Pius XI. First up is an excellent question from Mary at The Left Coaster, who notes that Republican presidential candidate Santorum opposes contraception, arguing that sex without the possibility of conception is “a license [Read More…]

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‘It’s going to become a resident-owned community’

Kudos to Rachel Stark of The Oregonian for following up on an important story four years later: “Loss lingers for former residents of Thunderbird Mobile Club, four years after Wilsonville (Ore.) park closed.” The last residents of the Thunderbird Mobile Club in Wilsonville can all trace a chaotic chapter in their lives to February 2007, [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jeff Madrick: “How Austerity Is Killing Europe“ The European Union has become a vicious circle of burgeoning debt leading to radical austerity measures, which in turn further weaken economic conditions and result in calls for still more damaging cuts in government spending and higher taxes. The European debt crisis began with Greece, and that nation [Read More…]

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Civil liberties for (powerful) individuals

If you want to protect individual liberty, then you need to protect civil liberties. Those are not the same thing. I think Corey Robin shouldn’t allow them to be used interchangeably in this piece, “Ron Paul has two problems: one is his, the other is ours“: Ron Paul has two problems. One is his and [Read More…]

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