Hoosier lawmaker seeks ‘performance standards’ for national anthem

The Indianapolis Star reports, “New state bill could make it illegal to sing national anthem ‘inappropriately‘”: [State] Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, has introduced a bill that would set specific “performance standards” for singing and playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities. The law also would cover private schools [Read More…]

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Upside-down religious liberty in Illinois and Hungary

At Religion Dispatches, Peter Larrman offers a good run-down of the “Top 2011 Religion Stories That Weren’t.” I want to draw your attention especially to No. 6: 6. Upside-Down Ideas about Religious Liberty The dramatic new push for religious liberty exemptions for faith-connected providers of taxpayer-supported health services underscores the radical way in which understandings [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Isaiah 55:1-5 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, [Read More…]

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Happy New Year

Best wishes to you all for 2012. May grace, peace, joy, love, hope, healing and happy surprises be yours in the year ahead. And jobs all around for those who need them. I should probably say first that the kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as [Read More…]

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A Saturday story

I’m not sure if this will work, but it might be fun to try. We’re going to tell a story. I’ll start, then we’ll take turns continuing from there in comments. Whoever goes next adds a sentence or two and together we’ll find out where the story goes from there. (I’m told this is actually [Read More…]

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Repeating myself 2011 (part 3)

We’ll go up through October with these. November and December would seem less like a “year in review” than like a “remember last week?” kind of thing. JULY “Anti-government, anti-democracy“ They do not believe in it. They do not believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people. They cannot believe [Read More…]

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Repeating myself 2011 (part 2)

APRIL “Lawnmowers and $40 nachos“ Sharing, whether out of neighborliness or by contract, requires all sides to be magnanimous, generous and deferential. Or, in other words, the arrangement would only be worth the potential savings if nobody was a jerk — if nobody was the sort of advantage-seeking jackwagon who never refills the gas can [Read More…]

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Repeating myself 2011 (part 1)

The end of December is a good excuse for highlighting some notable posts from earlier in the year. Let’s revisit, rehash, reheat and re-serve a couple from each month. JANUARY “Don’t you know that you can count me out“ By pretending to believe that America is on the verge of collapse into a totalitarian tyranny, [Read More…]

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