She doesn't care

One of the clearest and most concise explanations of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown that I’ve found is a special report that This American Life produced back in May called “The Giant Pool of Money.” You can download a podcast of that report from the show’s online radio archive. If you’re unclear as to what exactly [Read More...]

Manuel: Mets 'suspending' pennant race

NEW YORK — Mets manager Jerry Manuel announced Wednesday night that, due to the urgency and gravity of the financial crisis on Wall Street, the New York Mets will be suspending their pennant race. “This is just too important,” Manuel said. “It’s time to put country first.” It’s unclear what “suspending” even means in this [Read More...]

Who would Jesus torture?

Speaking of Dave Gushee, I’ve been trying, and failing, to come up with something encouraging or insightful or charitable to say about the results of a poll commissioned, in part, by his group, Evangelicals for Human Rights. Polls show support for torture among Southern evangelicals: <blockquote< A new poll finds that nearly six in 10 [Read More...]

Had it been another day

My old friend and one-time colleague Dave Gushee notes in USA Today that conservative evangelicals’ sudden enthusiasm for Sarah Palin is a bit difficult to square with their “theological vision that women are subservient to men”: Never have conservative evangelicals positioned themselves as staunch advocates for women’s leadership in political life — until Sarah Palin. [Read More...]


Here is an article from Bob Jones University Press on the importance of protecting Real True Christian children from the dangers of secular textbooks: When we compare “textbook to textbook,” leaving out all of the “bells and whistles” that the secular publishers use to package their products, I am convinced that the instructional design, strong [Read More...]

Gov. Palin and the Fib from Outer Space

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska continues to repeat the claim that she opposed the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” pork-barrel project. In her first public appearance as the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, Palin made this claim with gusto, saying that she “told Congress thanks, but no thanks” on that project. The [Read More...]

Church & state

“State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline“ Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska “to make sure God’s will be done here.” State records show that Palin submitted [Read More...]

Hat vs. Hat

Some unintentional candor, revealing the speaker’s belief in an irreconcilable, binary opposition: “I want to thank my fellow Republicans as we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats and say, America we are with you and we are going to care about these people in their time of need.” – Sen. [Read More...]