They Report, You Decide… To Mock Them

MSNBC reports, via AP, that Rick Warren’s offering plate is a little light this Christmas: “the bottom dropped out” when Christmas donations dropped. “On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive — leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year,” according to a letter the church sent out. The AP/MSNBC reporters flail about for an explanation: the recession? Sure; that was a toughie. Sun will rise in the east tomorrow, too. The story mentions Warren’s comments around CA Prop 8 last year, which excluded gays from the same rights heterosexuals have. Warren … Continue reading They Report, You Decide… To Mock Them

You Say You Want An Evolution

Even though a strong conservative case can be made in favor of universal healthcare – conserves health, less time off sick, unburdens employers from the cost of healthcare, Jesus would approve, etc.  – I won’t bother enumerating all of them for the disloyal opposition, hopelessly lost as they are in the throes of an elixir called NOBAMA. But I will address my fellow traveller – the frustrated Progressive who is throwing Democrats under the bus because he didn’t get his Magical Unicorn. (Talkin’ ’bout you, Thom Hartmann!) Let me remind Mr & Mrs Progressive, True Believers to be sure, that … Continue reading You Say You Want An Evolution

What About Priests Who Got Teh Gay?

“Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven and it is not me who says this, but Saint Paul,” the cardinal said, in comments reported by the Ansa news agency. Thus sayeth Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, quoting the ultimate authority of Minneapolis’ twin city, apparently – and in the process condemning a whole bunch of priests. What did Christ say about homosexuality? Zip, zero, nada, nunca. You’d think He might’ve mentioned it if it were so important. He had a few words, however, about judgmental hypocrites awash in cash and the love of money. Look it up yourself, if you … Continue reading What About Priests Who Got Teh Gay?

Red Line Christianity

The cycle of life has no alpha or omega, especially in the world of Protestantism. The factions pick their cause – their deal-breaker – then splinter off into ever smaller decentralized denominations and groups. All splinters proceed out of a certain knowledge that the church has hit another fork in the road, that We the True Believers have chosen the Right Path over Them, the Deluded Apostates. Sure, We attended church with Them every year for 30 years, our kids grew up together, but now They seem crazy and We worry for Their salvation. Does it matter that the désaccord du jour has absolutely nothing … Continue reading Red Line Christianity

The Bearing of False Witness

I’d spent a good thirty seconds worrying that I take too many pot shots at religion, before I read this. Early in life I made the mistake of conflating God – The Creator, The Big Guy, Yahweh, The Man Upstairs – with religion. I associated the Almighty with a weekly dose of boredom and repetitive gestures that held no meaning for me. School was relievedly compelling, in contrast. I remember winning a Bible or something for memorizing a long string of verses, but my victory lay not in the content of the verses, but rather the personal best of how much I could memorize. … Continue reading The Bearing of False Witness