Confused Rhode Island Christianists sing secular song to defend Pagan symbol

I have long argued that perpetual offendedness leads to stupidity. This stupidity is not innate. It is willful, voluntary and chosen. But it’s also extreme. Those who have become addicted to indignation wind up divorced from reality, interacting with it only sporadically when in search of some new pretext onto which they can project the [Read More…]

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One day, two good speeches

This was a very good speech. President Barack Obama, Osawatomie, Kan., Dec. 6, 2011 This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is whether this will be a country [Read More…]

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An open letter to Rachel Held Evans

Dear Rachel Held Evans, I have noted with righteous worry and sanctified dismay your disrespect for one of our cherished Christian institutions. I refer, of course, to your recent criticisms of the Pious Online Open Letter. I had hoped that you would come to see the error of your ways so that I would not [Read More…]

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Photos of J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“American politics made easy.” Washington state Sen. Joseph Zarelli provides a one-sentence explanation of how it all works. In Rick Perry’s newest ad, he announces that he’s “not ashamed to talk about my faith.” The Texas governor professes his devotion to the God of Abraham, Isaac and … and … oops. Michele Bachmann is a [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

2 Corinthians 8:8-15 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Nick Hanauer: “Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators“ I’m a very rich person. As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, I’ve started or helped get off the ground dozens of companies in industries including manufacturing, retail, medical services, the Internet and software. I founded the Internet media company aQuantive Inc., which was acquired [Read More…]

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Forbidden voices

There are more of us than you think. Dianna E. Anderson: “On Why the Bible is Not Clear“ On many controversial issues, especially those concerning women, the Bible is not “clear” and it is disingenuous, unfair, and hurtful to claim so without providing explained support. … Claiming “the Bible is clear” on something is a [Read More…]

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Frightened by the ghost of the heart

I was unaware of the etymology of “brouhaha.” I shall follow Marc Tracy’s example of preferring “kerfuffle.” Just now there’s an interesting kerfuffle over the doctrine of the Trinity, with yet another one of those evangelical declarations we compulsively generate seeking signatories to affirm this ancient teaching. Christians for Biblical Equality quotes Philip Carey to [Read More…]

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