Monthly archive January, 2005

One DOMA Challenge Left

After a judge dismissed lawsuits brought by three gay couples in Florida, and the couples decided not to risk appealing to the Supreme Court in case the court set a precedent by rejecting the case, there is only one lawsuit left to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act. The remaining lawsuit is brought by a...

Auschwitz Anniversary

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the main center of the Nazi’s “Final Solution,” with survivors meeting for remembrance ceremonies with world leaders, who warned of the growing number of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe. Last week, the far-right German party NPD sparked anger for walking out of a minute’s silence in...

You Forgot Context

Though she’s been called “French” for it, Peggy Noonan doesn’t regret her critique of Bush’s “God-drenched” address, and adds these thoughts: words have meanings that last beyond romantic sentiment; history is quite big enough right now without more overreaching ambition; try not to “clobber the world over the head with your moral fabulousness“; and try...

Blessed Be the Fruit

Christian conservative Allan Carlson, president of a think tank called the Howard Center, proposes lower insurance rates for married couples with children. Carlson says that “children-rich” families with a working father and a homemaker mom enjoy better health. Carlson also wants Medicaid and Medicare to be eliminated “‘so that the real benefits and advantages of...

They Will Be Your Doctors When You're Old

Kansas’ State Board of Education is holding a public hearing this Saturday on the proposed statewide science standards which include a redefinition of the word “science” intended to remove bias towards “naturalistic” (non-theistic) belief systems. Pat Hayes, author of Red State Rabble, writes that the rephrasing — proposed by a group of eight Intelligent Design...

Daily Links 26 January 2005

They Will Be Your Doctors When You’re Old Kansas’ State Board of Education is holding a public hearing this Saturday on the proposed statewide science standards which include a redefinition of the word “science” intended to remove bias towards “naturalistic” (non-theistic) belief systems. Pat Hayes, author of Red State Rabble, writes that the rephrasing — proposed by a group...

He's So Unusual

Constitutional “originalist” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (of “secularism led to the Holocaust” fame) yesterday scolded his fellow judges for looking to “abstractions” or “judicial tests” rather than the pure text of the Constitution when deciding religious cases. But what does Scalia mean when he says “pure text”? Not pure Constitution, but “long-accepted customs.”...

Satirist Fined Over Pope's Honor

A Warsaw court has fined Jerzy Urban, editor of the Polish newspaper Nie (No), $6,500 for writing a satirical article published in 2002, that ridiculed the pope on the eve of his visit to his native country.

Zondervan Eats Lunch with the Cool Kids

Rolling Stone belatedly decides to accept the new kid in Young-n-hiptown after all of RS‘s friends already have. New kid still humbly “thrilled.”

Russia Remembers Auschwitz

“‘Today is a test,’” said Russia’s chief rabbi Berl Lazar. “‘People are trying to test how society will react 60 years later.’” While the rest of the world observes the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, 20 Russian nationalist parliamentarians are trying on the language of early Naziism, calling last week for an investigation...

He Works with the Medium You Give Him?

Jesus Oyster, Jesus Clipboard.

Just Another World For Everything Left to Lose

25 January 2005 Roosevelt spoke of four freedoms. Yesterday, Bush counted 49. A critical analysis of the the fundamental meaning of Bush’s word. By David Domke In his second-term inaugural address on Thursday, George W. Bush used the words freedom or liberty, in some form, 49 times. Say this for the president: He can hammer home a...