Smart people saying smart things

Sandra M. Schneiders on why God is not a patriarch; Hillary Clinton on why empowering women is more than just a “nice thing to do;” Benjamin Franklin on the duty to pay taxes; David Badash on the libertarian mindset; and Russell Brand on the death of a little old lady. [Read more…]

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Jim Wallis sounds an uncertain trumpet on marriage equality

When you don’t ask questions, you’re not leading. You’re following. When it comes to marriage equality, Jim Wallis still seems to be a follower. But at least now he’s following a better set of leaders. [Read more…]

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Luckily, this is not difficult

A collection of Wednesday-morning links around a common theme. Unfortunately, this bunch tends more toward the disturbing, frustrating and infuriating side than toward the hopeful and inspiring side. [Read more…]

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People get ready, there’s a train a-coming

Dannika Nash writes an open letter to the church: “We want to stay in your churches, we want to hear about your Jesus, but it’s hard to hear about love from a God who doesn’t love our gay friends (and we all have gay friends). Help us find love in the church before we look for it outside.” [Read more…]

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The minor notes that come to serenade you

Catching up after a hectic weekend: Things They Would Have You Believe; Paul Ryan’s memory woes; the threat of more Rick Perry; convictions good, prison bad; Middle Earth vs. Hogwarts; still looking 4 the purple banana after all these years; and what’s in the suitcase? [Read more…]

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Good news for people who like good news

Here’s another 12 reasons that maybe the optimists aren’t completely wrong, including: A town fights back against foreclosures; a Texas county gets smarter; Jubilee!; wind power blowing away nuclear; a bill to stop banks from stealing $30 billion a year from depositors; Maryland opts not to kill people; and even the popular kids at a Georgia high school think the adults’ racist traditions are stupid. [Read more…]

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6 years ago: Bread and Circuits

Consider, for example, the news that taking Vioxx involved greater-than-reported risk of heart failure. That was really big news for the many consumers who were taking the drug, but there were no headlines reading, “You Might Be in Danger of Heart Failure.” Instead, there were dozens of headlines reading, “You Might Want to Sell Your Shares in Merck.” The “you” of the second headline referred to a much smaller group, and carried a much less urgent message, but that’s (stupidly, indefensibly) how the Business section works. [Read more…]

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2 years ago: Civil unions take a step forward in Delaware

Wilson’s argument is based on the claim of hegemonic privilege for the majority sect. That is not an argument for “religious freedom.” It is the opposite of an argument for religious freedom. Wilson’s argument is that there is no such thing as religious liberty, no right to religious liberty — only a competition for dominance between sects to be settled by whichever has the greatest political muscle. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Exodus 23:9: “You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” [Read more…]

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9 years ago: A top-secret public speech

Condoleezza Rice was going to speak from a prepared text. It was a text prepared to counter Biden’s argument. A text prepared to argue that no priority was higher, more urgent or more deserving of funding than that of missile defense. It was a text prepared to be delivered on Sept. 11, 2001. [Read more…]

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