Sticking up for other people’s rights

Charles Kuffner points us to this encouraging story from Texas — “Catholic group urges TAPPS review.” TAPPS is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which made national news earlier this year for waiting to get sued before agreeing to reschedule a state basketballl playoff game. TAPPS had scheduled a Jewish school to play [Read More…]

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Don’t speak. Don’t speak.

“The only reason people wouldn’t have insurance is if they’re cheapskates? Really?” “Family health insurance premiums that would have taken a minimum wage worker 329 hours to earn in 1979 would have taken 2,079 hours in 2011.” “Nine employees covered by the federal health insurance plan.” Justice Antonin Scalia: less demand means higher prices. Wait [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

David Roberts: “Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson?“ The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked [Read More…]

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I mean to confound these bungers

“From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day” “Rue, played by the adorable Amandla Sternberg, was described as having ‘dark brown skin and eyes’ – thus the ruination of the film at the hands of a dark-skinned, dark-eyed actress.” “Health care reform made lifetime limits illegal — which is why Violet’s family breathed easier [Read More…]

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‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’

We get an unvarnished look at the National Organization for Marriage from internal strategy memos posted online as part of a court case in Maine. The documents include things like NOM’s, “Marriage: $20 Million Strategy for Victory.” Here, via Alvin McEwen of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, is one aspect of that “strategy for victory”: [Read More…]

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Defending America from the Satanazis

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite asks a good question: The choice between the biblical values of “good news for the poor” as announced by Jesus, and the “good news for the rich” of GOP fiscal proposals should be an easy one for Christians across the spectrum from liberal to conservative. But it’s not, as is clear from [Read More…]

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Do you like the things that life is showing you?

“Has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?” “You can’t preach the Gospel to a dead person.” “Compare the number of times in scripture that Jesus broke bread and shared story in the streets and homes where people lived, versus how many times he invited people to church.” “Religion’s relevance to this is that it’s [Read More…]

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Jubilee. Jubilee. Jubilee.

In the biblical discussion of the year of Jubilee, we come across this parenthetical reminder: You shall not cheat one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God. The Jubilee system spelled out in Leviticus creates a framework for sufficiency and justice, but that system also depends on a [Read More…]

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