Your dreams were your ticket out

“I see a little silhouetto of a man. …” “Jose Hernandez is an astronaut.” “Which would make its history even stranger than anyone had previously thought.” (via) A collection of potential cover designs for Rachel Held Evans’ new book. (Background here.) “Think you have the right to vote? Not so much!” “One of the things [Read More…]

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Healing and the justice of God

So I’m reading this book of essays about the future of the church. Some of them are pretty good, but last night I hit a real clunker. The writer is stressing the importance of a right and proper formulation of “the gospel”: The true gospel. The real gospel. The gospel of the Bible, the one [Read More…]

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Just for living in your American skin

I don’t understand the partisan response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yes, many liberals are upset that a child was gunned down with impunity. (It’s been more than a month now.) But they are not upset for partisan reasons or for “liberal” reasons or for Democratic Party reasons. They are upset because a child [Read More…]

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Bishops out to silence victims

I wanted to post that story yesterday, about Texas Catholic schools sticking up for Jews and Muslims, before turning to this one. I don’t want anyone to misread this story as evidence that all Catholics are morally bankrupt, reprehensible people. That’s not the point of this story. The point of this story is that the [Read More…]

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Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving

“Tonight I think no poetry will serve” “He was a giant and his influence was felt across the music world.” “Violence against women is as American as apple pie.” “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.” “Common to human experience, [Jürgen] Moltmann proposes, is the experience of godforsakenness.” “Moltmann’s theology is based on [Read More…]

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Justices don’t understand insurance, health care, economics …

The depressing news from the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t just that several of the more conservative justices seem willing to upend a century of legal precedent if it would score a win for their party. The depressing news is that these justices do not seem to understand the Affordable Care Act, the Emergency Medical Treatment [Read More…]

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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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