On The HHS Mandate, The State Can’t Win For Losing…

Supreme_Court_US_2012_Chief Justice RobertsHere’s your quote of the week,

How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message? For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not “religious employers” worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them. That’s what happened to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Wheaton College, Notre Dame, and Hobby Lobby. The government really needs to give up on its illegal and unnecessary mandate. The federal bureaucracy has lots of options for distributing contraceptives–they don’t need to coerce nuns and priests to do it for them.

—Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 

Read all about the fifth victory in a row at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.  Amman, 2009 Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.
Amman, 2009
Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No.

All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more to assuage the Fox News base, than anything else.

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The Little Part I Played In A (Minor) Miracle In Jordan…

Meet Hassan, one of the real heroes of the piece...

Meet Hassan, one of the real heroes of the piece…

And I’m saying this not because I played some big, heroic, part in an event, but because what occurred yesterday at the site commemorating the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah was practically unbelievable. All those preconceived notions you have about Muslims? After reading this story, you’ll want to check those at the door. [Read more...]

It’s Easter Sunday In Amman, So I Slept In. What Happened Next Is Incredible…

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School kids seeing the sights in Umm Qais.*

As you all should realize by now, a few of us from the Patheos Catholic Channel, and a handful of other religious bloggers, are visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [Read more...]

A Little Film I Watched About Where Jesus Was Baptized In Jordan…

Bethany Beyond the Jordan*

Bethany Beyond the Jordan*

 

During breakfast this morning, on the 787 Dreamliner flying the livery of Royal Jordanian Airlines, I watched an interesting little film. It’s about the place in the Kingdom of Jordan that has been visited by popes, and pilgrims.

The site is one of the many reasons why I was hoping to return to Jordan someday. And someday came sooner than I realized it would.

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I Bet You Didn’t Expect The Kingdom Of Jordan To Be This Gorgeous…

Is this the Shire? Or is it the Holy Land?

Is this the Shire? Or is it the Holy Land?

See that lovely countryside above? That is where I am headed today. A number of my Patheos colleagues are coming with me, too. [Read more...]

The Indiana Pizza Vendor’s Plans For Their $842K Windfall…

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Just Bake The Cake! Just Deliver The Beer! What’s The Crucial Difference?

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You tell me, citizen.

See, a friend of mine posted a story up on his Facebook wall. Something about a trucking company getting sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The firm was having trouble getting a few employees to haul loads of beer. The truck drivers in question were Muslims who apparently believed that hauling beer to market was a material cooperation with evil. [Read more...]

For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

 

Athanasius Kircher’s Diagram of the names of God.

A while back, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same can be said of the thoughts of the hermits who fled to the deserts of Egypt around the time the Church ceased to be persecuted. [Read more...]

Steven D. Greydanus Recommends “The Miracle Maker,” And I Found A Place Where It’s Streaming…

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Oui!

I don’t always agree with the reviews that SDG gives, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t usually agree with his picks. I was glad to see him recommend “The Miracle Maker,” which is a film I’ve been meaning to see for awhile now. Here’s a snippet of what he says about it, [Read more...]


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