Hanging an ‘unwelcome’ sign on the church

Hurting people is wrong. Hurting people in the name of the church hurts the church. I don’t want that second point to detract from the priority of the first one, but it’s also important. I was reminded of the UCC’s banned-from-the-Super Bowl ad above when reading Timothy Kincaid’s response, at Box Turtle Bulletin, to “An [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jay Michaelson: “Why Rick Santorum Can’t Just Say: God Doesn’t Want You To Be Gay“ If it were social policy that motivated him, he’d read the studies of same-sex couples in Massachusetts and in other countries, which show that they raise children as well as opposite-sex couples, form stable families, and the rest. But what [Read More…]

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Broken news: The New York Times pulls a Brisbane

Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor for The New York Times, asks “Should the Times Be a Truth Vigilante?“: I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. OK, Brisbane seems unclear on both sides of “All the news” and [Read More…]

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Let’s hear the good news first

Here’s some good news … The Montana Supreme Court sticks up for citizens against Citizens United. Elizabeth Kennedy reports on the “Battle of the Supremes“: In upholding the section of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act that restricts direct corporate political spending, the Montana Supreme Court attacked the Citizens United fiction that independent expenditures aren’t corrupting and [Read More…]

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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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