Weekend Coffee: January 18

Weekend Coffee: January 18 January 18, 2015

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• From Valerie Tarico, how religion can let loose humanity’s most violent impulses. A thoughtful essay that almost perfectly captures my views on the link between religion and violence.

• “Tim is patient, Tim is kind. Tim does not envy, Tim does not boast, Tim is not proud. Tim is not rude, Tim is not self-seeking, Tim is not easily angered, Tim keeps no record of wrongs. Tim does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

• Alex Malarkey, a boy who wrote a bestselling Christian book about dying and visiting Heaven, admits he made the whole story up, staining the good name of afterlife memoirs.

• Kent Hovind’s jail term was nearly up, but he’s seemingly bent on extending it as he spirals deeper into the vortex of sovereign-citizen lunacy, by sending a pompous list of threats and demands to the courts.

• Unexpected but extremely welcome news: Eric Holder puts major limitations on asset-seizure laws that have been rampantly abused by police to take cash and property from people who are never charged with a crime.

The “radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized,” says an official of a church which only allows men to hold or wield power.

The Supreme Court takes up a case that could settle the same-sex marriage issue once and for all. I admit to feeling a little trepidation: logically, the fact that they’ve let so many pro-marriage lower-court rulings stand is an almost certain indicator of how they’ll rule, but this court is nothing if not capricious.

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