What do the purple people want in PRRI’s abortion poll?

More than half of Catholics and more than a third of white evangelicals identify as both “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” My guess — and this is only a guess — is that this suggests a moral opposition to abortion along with a perhaps-reluctant acknowledgement that it nonetheless ought to remain a legal option. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Family funerals. [Read more…]

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Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘I am happy to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award’

I’m sure that Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased to see a commitment to racial and religious diversity in any institution, but that was not his only message for those who wield “the most powerful weapons in the U.S. arsenal” — weapons that King wanted to see eradicated. [Read more…]

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Jerry Jenkins tramples Yog’s Law, starts ‘Christian’ pay-to-publish vanity racket

“Those applying to [Jerry Jenkins’] Published program must submit part of their manuscript for evaluation. If accepted, they follow a six-month course — costing just under $10,000 — that includes mentoring by a published author. … There will be a surcharge for manuscripts over 75,000 words.” [Read more…]

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At the DMV

One of the good things about growing up in New Jersey is that after experiencing the Garden State’s DMV, dealing with PennDOT almost seems pleasant. [Read more…]

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‘And we all lose ourselves in the end’

Some Corey Chisel and some wandering links, including: the many faces of Orson Welles; al-Qaida’s TPS reports; the 43-year-old freshman; the southern belle who wasn’t; dubious prophets; a few good punchlines and a lazy, but colorful bit of evolution. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: The right of the firstborn. [Read more…]

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A tolerable response to intolerable sophistry

The semantic game of immovable object vs. unstoppable force is intended to be just that, a game — an impish bit of wordplay that most people recognize is not an actual attempt to say anything meaningful about anything real. The sad thing about the “I demand you tolerate my intolerance!” harrumphing is that those folks don’t seem to realize that what they’re saying is just a semantic game. [Read more…]

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A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at [Church] Conferences

Regarding science and technology conferences, Rebecca Rosen says, “Refuse to speak on all male-panels. Just say no.” That’s an excellent idea that applies just as well to church and theology conferences. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Suem on those who flaunt their evangelical lifestyle; Daniel Horan on Jesus and breaking the rules; Rachel Held Evans on “The Scandal of the Evangelical Heart;” Catholic law professor Charles Reid on the politics of abortion; Samara Azam-Yu on learning to listen with respect. [Read more…]

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