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And then, suddenly, Fred remembered he had a blog. … [Read more…]

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Kindness and necessity

An article in the paper this weekend quoted a religious leader from New Jersey describing the basic message of his faith. "People should have high morals and be kind to each other," he said. That seems hard to argue with. So let's argue with it. Because actually this religious leader's formulation bothers me. What troubles [Read More…]

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Oh, and Tony Perkins? He lies. A lot. For money.

David Waters has a good rundown and smackdown of religious right opposition to the expansion of hate-crime law to include violence intended to intimidate lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. The bottom line is that these supposed people of faith are arguing in bad faith. They know this legislation won't affect their religious freedom in [Read More…]

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In the belly of the fish

I request the consent of the chamber to revise and extend my previous post. 1. The whale was in Pinocchio In discussing the book of Jonah, I try to avoid the notorious bit with the really big fish. That's what the story says — "fish," not "whale." If you're not familiar with that bit, here [Read More…]

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The sign of Jonah

Andrew C. writes with a good question: How do you explain the seemingly barbaric actions of God in the Old Testament? God outright ordered genocides, wars and brutal punishments upon his own followers. Not just a good question, but a canonical one. A question asked, in fact, by many people right there in the Hebrew [Read More…]

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Lame excuses

So I thought I'd be able to prep for this exam tomorrow and still get today's LBFriday installment posted. I was wrong about that. So there may be an LBMonday. Sorry about that. [Read more…]

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21 Wilsons

I wouldn't have guessed it was possible for Gov. Mark Sanford, this quickly, to become only the second most-embarrassing politician in South Carolina. There are more than 300 million people here in the United States of America, and out of all those people we only need to find 535 members of Congress. More specifically, there [Read More…]

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Vampires & crosses

It's a well-established fact that vampires can't abide crosses. There seems to be some confusion, however, as to why this is so. I should note here, before we go on, that I believe in vampire stories. I don't mean that I believe these stories are "literally" true — they're not that kind of story. But [Read More…]

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