What does this chart tell us about Christian sexual ethics?

Is this evidence of Christian hypocrisy or evidence of Christian honesty? Or is it just further evidence that Christians lack a coherent sexual ethic? [Read more…]

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More good news for people who like good news

Video of a basketball turnover for the ages, plus a dozen more reasons to celebrate, including: high school graduation rates going up and juvenile incarceration rates going down; equal benefits for equal service; more renewable energy capacity; conservatives standing up to David Barton’s mendacity; a big vote in Illinois; a big step toward justice and greater public safety in Houston; good news on housing. [Read more…]

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Football stadiums create jobs (on eight Sundays a year)

I’m all in favor of public funding for sports stadiums, but only when the public owns a stake in the team. Otherwise it’s a taxpayer subsidy of a private company that doesn’t need taxpayers’ help. [Read more…]

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Born to sorrow as the sparks fly upward

… They are
Dead and they were innocent: I will not
Let you sacrifice their deaths
To make injustice justice and God good! [Read more…]

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Pseudo-Satanism and Satanic baby-killers

Tabloid newspapers are reporting on supposed “Satanism” that sounds precisely like what Jeffrey Victor describes as “pseudo-Satanism” — a pose being struck in order to appear, and to feel, transgressive and rebellious. It’s the sort of stuff a lazy production designer might come up with for a “Satanic cult” film, a hodge-podge of pop-culture symbolism concocted from the news, from folklore, from the movies, and from religious instruction unwittingly based on all of the above. [Read more…]

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3 years ago: Rumor-panic, defined

The Tea Party movement bears a striking resemblance to the classic rumor-panic and witchhunt. It’s driven by rumors to become fearful and driven by fear to believe rumors — really outlandish, unbelievable, weirdly nightmarish rumors at that. [Read more…]

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19 clicks or less

The Web contains a great deal of misinformation, legend, BS, spin, error and outright falsehood. But on the Web, no mistake is ever more than 19 clicks away from its correction, and no lie is ever more than 19 clicks away from the truth. [Read more…]

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Polygamy is biblical, is it therefore moral?

Polygamy is not an obscure feature in the Bible. It starts early, with Lamech, and continues throughout most of what we Christians call the Old Testament, shaping the stories of the most prominent characters — Abraham, Moses, David. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war

“The unemployment rate is still at a level which should cause politicians to panic. No one is panicking.” “If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.” [Read More…]

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8 years ago: Of blood and stones

I expect this legislation to accomplish only half of what it claims. By that I mean that I’m confident it will succeed in hurting the people it is intended to hurt, but that it will fail to help the corporations it is intended to help. [Read more…]

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