Religion & Politics linkaround

The religion of man-made global warming climate change appears to be hitting a snag. Well, that only seems fair, to me. All the other religions had to have their growing pains and suppressions, after all.Do Christians know what they believe? Charles M. Blow at the NY Times wonders about it, in an unsurprisingly snarky tone:In June, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published a controversial survey in which 70 percent of Americans said that they believed religions other than theirs … [Read more...]

Quick links around

Happy Hannukah! Or Oy, Come all ye Faithful!Mulling Advent and Friendship over coffee. It's a nice, thoughtful piece by Patrick O' Hannigan, even though he does not say whether it was the delectable Mystic Monk Coffee being served. No, I can't recommend it enough!We'd like Rites and Rituals: but with no transcendence, please.Bush is mulling a farewell message. I personally think he should buy an hour of tv time and debunk the NY Times one distortion, spin or outright lie at a time. At … [Read more...]

"Movement" voters and other things

Just thought you might be interested in this - a buncha Catholics sittin' around gassing away about what lies ahead for Catholics as "movement" voters!Some interesting perspectives from center-right Catholic writers you may recognise, and in the middle I get to wag my finger and jump on a soapbox, declaring, first off that I dislike the notion of "movements" as a whole and besides, oversensitive Catholics (and hyper-hurt-feeling Christianity as-a-whole) are ticking me off with all the … [Read more...]

Christians & Gays & Proposition 8

My latest is up at Pajamas Media - my usual deathless pearls about the need for gays to man-up and act like citizens working within the confines of real democracy, and the need for Christians to find a better way to befriend them, and the past-due need for the churches to protect themselves from the litigation we all know is coming their way.An Excerpt:The Christians may have unintentionally come off as condescending. We may presume that they would not want a crowd of gays meeting on their … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 and Believers

As I leave for retreat, I note it's getting pretty hot in California and elsewhere regarding Proposition 8. Almost sad to be incommunicado as the debate rages. Does seem to me, though - from a strictly legislative point of view, anyhow - that the "will of the people," is supposed to mean something. Had gay marriage been approved, that would certainly (and justly) be the case, wouldn't it?As my Li'l Bro Thom said to a co-worker at his job (about a different but similar issue)"...this is a … [Read more...]

Iran "has no gay people…"

Isn't that what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said when he visited Columbia University? I think he said something like that.The Nose on Your Face does the worst Jimmy Durante impression ever...but manages to pull of a pretty damn funny parody Go watch. The Yassir Arafat interlude made me want to say, "go get a room!"A look back. … [Read more...]

Dems run away; McCain shows leadership

I'm jaw is ON THE FLOOR at this headline: Democratic Congress May Adjourn, Leave Crisis to Fed, TreasuryThe Democratic-controlled Congress, acknowledging that it isn't equipped to lead the way to a solution for the financial crisis and can't agree on a path to follow, is likely to just get out of the way.Lawmakers say they are unlikely to take action before, or to delay, their planned adjournments -- Sept. 26 for the House of Representatives, a week later for the Senate. While … [Read more...]

Palin/Gibson/Obama/McCain; let's party!

Okay, I'm just having too much fun, even though I also feel sick and the insomnia's kicking me in the head. Let's just link around at and watch the fun. I'll keep a running commentary, newest stuff on top!Since we've been talking about the pros and cons of my chanting podcasts, thought you'd like this. H/T Piano Girl who had us howling with The Perfect Fifth (stay with it):Liveblogging Hurricane Ike: Hey, if Dan Rather could stand in the storm into his 70's this young'n can try it from … [Read more...]

Meyer: Americans, feel pride re Obama!

Dick Meyer, writing over at NPR (when we all know he should be out there promoting his excellent book, Why We Hate Us) says we as a nation - regardless of our political affiliations or which way we're voting - should feel proud, tonight, to watch an African American be declared the official presidential nominee of a major political party.I would hope that as voters listen to Obama's acceptance speech and watch his campaign, they will do so with pride no matter how they ultimately vote. And I … [Read more...]

Salmonella impeachment, gay marriage & more

It's now official, CNN's Lou Dobbs has become that network's Keith Olbermann.Lou Dobbs: Bush Should Be Impeached for Salmonella OutbreakThere's really nothing to say. Dobbs wonders if there is "any sense of embarrassment" in the Bush administration. I might ask the same of the mainstream media. I mean, honestly...are we supposed to believe there were never salmonella outbreaks before President Bush took office? This is beyond parody.Meanwhile, try as they might, congress - in its … [Read more...]