Old men pretending to be newly upset at old news

1. This Is Old News. President Barack Obama’s policy on health insurance for contraception is not a departure from current law. It does not deviate from the established rules. And Catholic institutions have been abiding by these same rules for more than a decade. So when the clerical lobbyists suddenly jump up screaming that this [Read More…]

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Bishops and burkhas and buggies

Consider burkhas. In some religious traditions, women are required to wear head-to-toe loose-fitting garments to preserve their modesty and to shield men from the temptations that may follow from glimpsing the female form. I believe in religious freedom, so I believe that those who choose to wear burkhas must be free to do so. A [Read More…]

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A useful recipe I hope you won’t need

So, OK, after two long posts about something that makes me angry, here’s a quick and not-at-all anger-inducing topic to cleanse the palate. The Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix in our family tends to be friendly and curious. Her response to other dogs, other people, deer, chipmunks, mice and groundhogs tends to involve lots of tail-wagging and [Read More…]

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Bishops vs. health care for women (cont’d.)

Lots being written and reported on this manufactured ballyhoo. Here’s some of it. Kay at Balloon Juice cuts through the fog to explain just what would be covered by the guidelines the bishops are condemning: Here’s the services that have to be covered with no out-of-pocket cost to the employee: Well-woman visits, screening for gestational [Read More…]

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People Who Don’t Listen to Women

People Who Don’t Listen To Women have been in the news quite a bit recently. We had John Piper, with his silliness about a “masculine” God and wanting the church to have more of a “masculine feel.” And then we had the weeklong trainwreck of Pink Ribbons Inc.’s partisan attack on a vital, irreplaceable institution [Read More…]

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Tea-partiers take a stand against Nicolae Carpathia

This week slipped away a bit, so Monday’s post on the Tribulation Force movie will be postponed until Friday. Sorry about that. In the meantime, here’s Leslie Kaufman and Kate Zernike of The New York Times, reporting on how tea-party activists have come to think of themselves as a real-life Tribulation Force battling against the [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jo Hilder: “‘God Gave Christianity a Masculine Feel’ — and Other S*** Christians Say“ Every time we say God is a man, another woman in our church believes God must be a complete bastard. Every time we say that women cannot lead or preach, another woman in our church is convinced she is evil and [Read More…]

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Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens

Just think of the names: Canon Crisparkle, Charity Pecksniff, Noddy Boffin, Durdles, Horatio Fizkin, Thomas Gradgrind, Mr. Grimwig, Mr. Murdstone, Mrs. Gummidge, Mr. Snagsby, Dr. Slammer, Inspector Bucket, Captain Swosser and Professor Dingo, Milly Swidger, Dismal Jemmy, the Artful Dodger, The Vengeance, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, Uriah Heep, Luke Honeythunder, Wackford Squeers. Wonderful. Anyway, Charles [Read More…]

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