Whom I’m Voting For, and Why

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Let me note, I write this post not telling you for whom to vote. Nor do I think that you (or I) have an obligation to disclose our votes. A secret ballot is a cornerstone of our democracy.

I disclose my prospective votes today to offer them up for discussion. So, read them, then have at it:

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Tim Tebow Trademarks ‘Tebowing’

We all know that you can’t print the word “Threepeat” on a t-shirt without paying Pat Riley. Well, now you cannot drop to a knee, put your fist to your forehead, and pray, without potentially being sued by Tim Tebow. How they will enforce, this, I have no idea:

Dropping to a knee like Tim Tebow might cost you now.

The New York Jets backup quarterback has officially trademarked “Tebowing,” the move in which he goes down on one knee and holds a clenched fist against his forehead while praying during games. After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a series of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season, “Tebowing” swept the country — with actor Robert Downey Jr. even doing it at the Oscars.

Read the rest: Tim Tebow prevails in trademarking ‘Tebowing’.

Watch This and Tell Me If You Still Think Mormonism Is Christian [VIDEO]

I am not on a witch hunt. I am not anti-Romney. I am anti-secrecy. I think there is some historical consensus as to what is considered Christianity, and this ceremony does not accord with that consensus.

Some of my friends say, “If a group says they are Christian, then they are Christian. That’s good enough for me.”

Well, that’s not good enough for me.

See also, Andrew Sullivan.

Rachel Held Evans Is Causing a Pussy Riot of Limericks!

Time to announce the winners of the Limerick Challenge to win a copy of Rachel Held Evans’s new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood.

You can see all of the entries here. There are some great ones that didn’t make the Top Ten. Basically, I picked the ones that made me laugh out loud. Beware of salty language — but, we’re all adults. And hey, we are talking about vaginas here.

(Also, you can see the last contest, where winners got the new book by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo.)

And now, the winners:

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