Calling all Freds

I want to address a matter of great concern to all Freds everywhere. Our good name is in jeopardy. I’m sure you’ve seen news footage of the cruel demonstrations by the so-called Westboro Baptist Church. They gather to heckle and mock wherever others gather to mourn — particularly at the funerals of fallen soldiers or [Read More...]

All that remains is a fragment of song

The Revealer brings us news of a study on the religious right’s bold new campaign to stand up for bullies and bullying. Among the groups bravely fighting for the right of the strong to torment the weak are the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association. Basically, any group with [Read More...]

Civil unions in Delaware

The news from Delaware: Delaware’s House of Representatives voted 26-15 Thursday night to grant legal status to same-sex civil unions, giving those couples the same rights, protections and obligations now granted only to married couples. The vote followed three hours of debate that covered a wide range of concerns — some fiscal, some related to [Read More...]

Ladling calculation upon comedy

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon asks “Why are Christian movies so awful?” I think the answer, as I suggested a while back, is because American evangelicalism distrusts metaphor: American evangelical Christians do not like metaphor. That’s not strong enough. They fear metaphor. It terrifies them, and so they despise it, reject it and forbid it wherever [Read More...]

Love and Holiness

I don’t want to just leave this to a footnote in a Left Behind post, because it’s much, much more than just a footnote in the Gospels, in Paul and in the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures: There is no such thing as holiness apart from love. This is a frequent, vehement, anvilicious theme in [Read More...]

The parable of the erratically forgiving master

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his [Read More...]

The 0.014 percent solution

[Edited to correct the English-major arithmetic of the original. &$@%.] So CNN/Opinion Research asked Americans how much they think the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — the nonprofit that helps fund National Public Radio and PBS television — receives in federal funding, as a percentage of the federal budget. Most people responded that they thought it [Read More...]

Civil unions take a step forward in Delaware

From today’s paper: “Civil unions bill clears big hurdle“: The Delaware Senate on Thursday approved the state’s first civil unions bill, voting by a 2-to-1 ratio to grant the same legal rights and protections to same-sex couples that married couples have. … In the end, the bill — S.B. 30 — emerged from a chamber [Read More...]