Campus ghost stories and real American history

DuffysCut

I’m happy to read about the Penn Ghost Project. I do not believe in ghosts, but I do believe in ghost stories. Searching for ghosts is bound to be a fruitless waste of time. But searching for ghost stories can be important and meaningful. [Read more...]

Republicans divided on germ theory of disease and the monstrous legacy of Dr. Jonas Salk

History's Greatest Monster. (Photo of Dr. Jonas Salk by Yousuf Karsh, 1956)

President Obama urged parents to vaccinate their children. As a result, for the past two days we’ve seen a steady parade of ambitious Republican officials denouncing the evils of vaccination and attacking the germ theory of disease, followed by another group of Republican officials trying to control the damage by arguing that #NotALLRepublicans think that preventing disease is a Bad Thing. [Read more...]

Sanctuary

Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara as Quasimodo and Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939).

Are sacred spaces recognized as refuges because they are sacred? Or are they sacred because they are recognized as places of refuge? Are they able to stand against the Powers That Be because they are holy? Or are they holy because they stand against the Powers That Be? [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (12.3)

HandsUp

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

‘Amnesty’ and amnesia on immigration from Sooners and Southern Baptists

The Republican Party has a branch office in Louisville, Ky.

Sen. Tom Coburn is not allowed to lecture anyone about “illegal” immigration. And Sooners are, by definition, pompous hypocrites whenever they decide to bloviate about “the rule of law.” It’s simply ridiculous and merits only ridicule in response. Sen. Coburn is either woefully ignorant about “where he comes from” or else his talk of “the rule of law” is something he believes only applies to other people. Either way, he is a silly, silly man, even by congressional standards. [Read more...]

‘Do I need to turn her in?’ — something has gone very, very wrong

WelcomingTheStranger

How bad is the politicization of white evangelical religion? How thoroughly has faith been replaced by partisan political sloganeering? It’s this bad. … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.21)

Questions From a Ewe has a request for Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Eliel Cruz and Darnell Moore on what it’s like to be hated in a “sanctuary;” Maria Joanna Krol-Sinclair writes to the guy she punched in the face in Prague; and Doktor Zoom on the right’s horror whenever Obama quotes the Bible. [Read more...]

Child refugees reader part 3: Christian voices

Faced with the moral and political test of tens of thousands of child refugees, some Americans are responding better than others. [Read more...]


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