I was told there’d be pie …

I forgot the pie. (It’s a tradition. Contentious threads must be followed by pie.) Haven’t got any pie just now, so instead here’s a couple of other things that every right-thinking person enjoys — Martha Plimpton and “Thunder Road”: She’s not the only actress covering this song on YouTube, either. Here’s Jill Hennessy’s version. One [Read More…]

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The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal

In 1979, McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal. Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at conception. Ask any American evangelical, today, what the Bible says about abortion and they will insist that this is what it says. (Many don’t actually believe this, but they know it is the [Read More…]

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Don’t decoy, avoid or make void the topic

Scott Paeth: “Sex for Christians“ From an evangelical perspective, of course, it would be argued in response that sexual fidelity is central to Christian morality, but I’ve got to say that I don’t see it. You can point to Biblical passages that accentuate it, but you can point to other passages where it really is [Read More…]

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Different stages of an inevitable justice

A first step, a set-back, and a triumph. The Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber: “My testimony at the Colorado Senate Judiciary hearing on civil unions“ Much of the early church were convinced that gentiles could only become Christians if they changed into being Jews first (which, for the record, involved a rather unpleasant process), and much [Read More…]

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Anthony Shadid (1968-2012)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid died Thursday, apparently from an asthma attack. He was 43. Shadid was a terrific reporter who displayed enormous intelligence, empathy and curiosity — traits that amplified and enhanced one another in his courageous reporting. Shadid was a frequent guest on the National Public Radio program Fresh Air, someone host [Read More…]

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Scotland is large and diverse, but not infinite

Scientists say global warming isn’t happening. Scientists say human activities are unrelated to climate change. We hear that all the time, but we push back against it because it’s bad science. Yet it is also true, at least nominally. Scientists do say these things. Actual terminal-degree scientists. They may be scientists whose field of study [Read More…]

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Equating religion with misogyny is bad for women and bad for religion

Who in 1965 would have dreamed that the stuff of Griswold v. Connecticut would be coming back to haunt us almost 50 years later, in a time when the parties to the original lawsuit probably imagined we would be wearing rocket belts and commuting to Mars? — Arthur Goldwag Yesterday, Congressional Republicans organized a public [Read More…]

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Virginia hates women. And doctors. And modernity.

Go read Dahlia Lithwick, “Virginia’s Proposed Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination“: This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have [Read More…]

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