Sunday favorites

Mark 12:41-44 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor [Read More...]

Paul Ryan vs. the Nuns: Round 2

Fuel up the bus, it’s time for the nuns to hit the road again. This summer’s Nuns on the Bus tour, you may recall, focused on the good sisters’ moral opposition to the House Republican budget, usually referred to as the Ryan Budget, after House Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, its author. Chris Lisee reported [Read More...]

‘Stuff that you long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge’

“What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?” asks Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing. She goes on to answer why — basically for the same reason that Christian fundamentalists do everything: Us-vs.-Them tribalism. But don’t let me spoil the ending, go read the whole thing (the kicker is terrific). What I want to highlight here, though, [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

David Brin, interview with Wired magazine The notion of self-righteous indignation being a drug high seems to develop naturally out of recent scientific results that show that addiction is actually the most natural of human processes. You’ve heard the phrase “addicted to love.” Well, you can deliberately enter less salubrious mental states. You can deliberately [Read More...]

Close enough

“Well, the Barth, Theology, Philosophy and Barth. That’s not got much Barth in it.” “Getting together to sing and listen to a long sermon has never been the attraction.” “Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes — at least in the minds of its followers — all three of the GOP’s main tenets: [Read More...]

Religious right groups jump at chance to shield members from seeing books

Concerned Women for America and the American Family Association are both urging their followers to think twice about shopping at Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos upset the anti-gay activist groups by donating $2.5 million to protect marriage equality in Washington State. “So long Amazon” was the message from “One Million Moms” (which David Badash, accurately, [Read More...]

NRA: No one’s gonna save you from the Beast about to strike

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist, pp. 37-43 Jerry Jenkins wants to write a thriller. That’s not what this book is. Nor can this series accommodate having a thriller subplot shoehorned into it. Yet every little bit Jenkins makes a kind of spastic feint in the direction of the thriller he seems to wish he were [Read More...]

‘Pro-life’ groups still silent on protecting pregnant workers

A few weeks ago we looked at the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 5647), a promising and necessary piece of legislation currently stalled in Congress. You can download a fact sheet on the bill from the National Women’s Law Center, which explains that the PWFA would “let pregnant women continue to do their jobs and [Read More...]

The Way to A Ways to Go


Light a candle for the world war torn “The Way,” Billy Crockett “Way Down in the Hole,” Tom Waits “Way Down Now,” World Party “The Way I Was Made,” Griffin House “The Way of Love,” Charlie Peacock “The Way of Men,” Mark Heard “The Way We Make a Broken Heart,” John Hiatt “The Way You [Read More...]

Religious right pretends that Obama has a ‘God-talk’ problem

So here’s a common urban legend on the religious right, stated here by Phyllis Schlafly: Every time [President Obama] recites the Declaration of Independence, he omits the word “Creator.” Now we all know what’s in the Declaration and it’s very strange, you can’t blame it on a slip of the tongue or blame it on [Read More...]