The Clampdown; Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell – UPDATED

Here we have the presentment of two job losses:Shirley Sherrod gives a speech; within the speech she indulges in a bit of roundaboutation, saying some things that seemed offensive, until the larger context was understood.Because the embrasure of "politically correct speech" has encouraged reactionary hyper-vigilance as to words, sentences or modes of reasoning that might steer too close to the movable line known as "hate," Sherrod's edited remarks were immediately received as such and … [Read more...]

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The Patina of Prayer – UPDATED

SourceCity churches are sometimes quiet and peaceful solitudes, caves of silence where a man can seek refuge from the intolerable arrogance of the business world. One can be more alone, sometimes, in a church than in a room in one's own house. At home, one can always be routed out and disturbed (and one should not resent this, for love sometimes demands it). But in these quiet churches one remains nameless, undisturbed in the shadows, where there are only a few chance, anonymous strangers … [Read more...]

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RFK, MLK, Oakland, Race & Us

RKF, MLK Landmark for Peace MemorialA few days ago I linked to a piece by J. Peter Nixon and his thoughts and actions in anticipation of a trial verdict toward which a few hundred agitators had been encouraging civil unrest.Having remained in Oakland that night, choosing to pray at a Cathedral rather than flee, Nixon concluded his thoughts thusly:I wonder, in retrospect, what would have happened if enough of us had stayed, if we had continued that ministry of non-violent presence, if we … [Read more...]

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The Radical Religion of Abortion

Source: NewsweekWe hear a lot, particularly from the "new" atheists and their supporters, about the danger of religion, which--we are told--too often encourages a murderous fundamentalism. Such "tolerant" great thinkers as Rosie O' Donnell have suggested that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.”I am inclined to think that radical anything, by its very narrowness, must give one pause and that zealotry can too often stumble into something unthinking, and therefore o … [Read more...]

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Early Onset Alzheimer's & One Spousal Choice

Have been meaning to embed this all day, a video from CBS Sunday Morning, picked up via Deacon Greg:This is a stunning, sad, heartbreaking story, with a twist at the end that may surprise some.Deacon Greg, who in his past employment knew this couple, describes the pain as palpable. That, it undeniably is.Please watch it and share your thoughts. I have thoughts of my own, but I don't want to put them out, yet; I want to read your reactions.Watch CBS News Videos OnlineRod Dreher is … [Read more...]

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The Long Road to Jerusalem

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.Today's Gospel, from Luke 9:51-62, is one of those readings that sets some people on edge, as Jesus can seem a bit curt:But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their … [Read more...]

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Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

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Hyundai Goes too Far?

It begins with the Agnus Dei - what they are chanting here is "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us."A most excellent prayer.It is unfortunate that such a prayer is lost in the mess of images, here:Every Catholic blogger I know is getting emails about this. Lots of really angry people out there who feel like the ad goes too far.One blogger emailed me saying, "I wanted to shrug it off as dumb until I saw the pizza-as-communion shot."I can understand why … [Read more...]

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Replay will Ruin Baseball – UPDATED

Humility & Grace turn a heavy moment to light. Sancya/APLast night, Umpire James Joyce made a horrifically bad call and robbed Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game:Yeah, a horrible call. Yes, Galarraga was robbed, and Joyce will live with his mistake. That's the nature of the game.Now comes the debate: What should Baseball do? Should MLB Commissioner Bud Selig reverse the call? and award the perfect game to Galarraga? That question is being debated, right … [Read more...]

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God is not sophisticated enough

There is a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero that both traditional and progressive Catholics love to latch onto, because each feels Romero was speaking for them:A church that doesn't provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a Word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, what kind of gospel is that? Preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed do not light up the world!In truth, Romero was speaking for Christ. His words are a challenge to all of us, from … [Read more...]

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