Monthly archive November, 2010

Empire Dump

Tim Nafziger at The Mennonite thinks the Wikileaks cable dump is "cutting edge peacemaking" and a "creative challenge to empire."

Green Dragon Gonna Get You

A new series that's intended to wipe away all your tree-hugging tendencies and enlighten you to the evils of trying to save the planet from ecological disaster is out on DVD.  Writes Gawker:
The Green Dragon is what a "who's who" of Religious Right leaders — including the American Family Association's unimaginably terrible

Coming Into Existence

Yesterday the Pope followed up his condoms revelation with a more predictable point, one that emphasizes existing Catholic teaching and seems, at least linguistically, appropriate to the start of Advent:  protect "nascent life."  From what?  "Selfishness and the willful darkening of conscience.

Science, Increasingly a Matter of Belief

Tom Junod, in the latest issue of Esquire writes (link below):
We are not going to live forever. We are not going to have our life spans scientifically amplified to biblical lengths. We will not be able to take pills that will give us the musculature of superheroes or allow us to gorge ourselves while...

Moral Norms for Immoral Behaviors

From the 2004 article "The Truth About Condoms" by Opus Dei Father Martin Rhonheimer, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and, according to the Catholic Weekly, America, a member of Cardinal Ratzinger's inner circle:
But if they ignore this teaching [that...

Killing a Homo is Easier Than Killing a Myth

The Southern Poverty Law Center takes the time to list and debunk 10 anti-gay myths, including Homosexuals are more prone to be mentally ill and to abuse drugs and alcoholHomosexuals don’t live nearly as long as heterosexuals, and my favorite, the even more credulity-stretching, Homosexuals controlled the Nazi Party and helped to orchestrate the Holocaust. Update:...

Believing in Contraception

An excerpt from today's announcement by a coalition of pro-choice and anti-abortion faith leaders, urging the Institute of Medicine panel to include contraception as a preventative service in health care reform, without a co-pay requirement, from Faith in Public Life.
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that 99% of women...

Abstinence Goes Viral

by Jo Piazza Pundits, politicians and yes, party animals have all weighed in on the Bristol Palin meets Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino ad promoting abstinence and condom use. But apparently no one is laughing harder than Palin, Sorrentino and the Candie’s Foundation which commissioned the viral video. The marketing team at the foundation, the charitable...

Hog-Driving Cleric

From Michael Miller's profile of the new Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, printed this week in the Miami New Times:
Wenski is unlike anything the church has ever seen. He's a hard-charging, hog-driving cleric and licensed pilot who speaks six languages fluently. In the past seven months, he has come on like a blessed freight...

Shari’ah, Fearing the Unknown

In news story after news story, the fear of Islam -- and specifically of "creeping" Shari'ah law --  is confirmed in headlines.  From the Oklahoma law passed during midterm elections that banned Shari'ah (and was later blocked by a state judge) to the protest of mosques (or mosque-like buildings!) under construction...

147th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Conversion

Oh dear. It comes around every year. The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, given four months after the Battle of Gettysburg by President Abraham Lincoln; proof that the Republican, influenced for much of his life by Enlightenment ideas, finally, while standing on the death-place of 50,000 soldiers, gave it over to "orthodox...

Ugandan Genocide, On Schedule

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the "kill the gays" bill, never went away.  We were just supposed to think it did.  A debate of the bill is set to begin before Uganda's parliament in the next few months, writes Warren Throckmorton, who last week interviewed the author of the bill, David...