The Pokey Finger of God

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Lost in the pattern

December 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Lost in the pattern · christianity, culture

Have you lost your capacity for linear thinking or analytical reasoning? As part of a bit of pleasant wiki-surfing this morning, I paused to consider the idea of ‘post-Christian‘. I’ve heard a couple of people use this term recently and it’s made me curious about what other people think it means.This lead me, through a […]

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Forever the victim, never the dominant culture

December 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Forever the victim, never the dominant culture · christianity, culture, media

Despite over 1500 years of political and cultural dominance in the West, it continues to astound me the number of people who insist that Christians in the West today suffer from any sort of minority persecution. The “True Believer Is the Victim” ploy plays as well in Peoria as in LA, so why not make […]

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War on Christianity

March 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on War on Christianity · christianity, culture, history, media

There’s yet another war on. Sheesh. I just can’t keep up! It seems that that another poor, defenseless minority — white, Republican Protestants — are being singled out and attacked by wild nomadic packs of uncontrolled, raging homosexuals. It’s true. I read about it on the Internet. Now while I might have a few friends […]

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Democracy and Culture

January 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Democracy and Culture · culture

When I was very young and I was learning about government for the first time, my initial judgment was that our government was carefully contrived to make it as difficult as possible for one person or group to hold power for very long, while simultaneously preventing anything from ever getting done. I recall also making […]

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Religion & Politics

July 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on Religion & Politics · history, media

Over the last few years, there seems to be more public arguments over the place of religion in politics. Lawsuits have been filed to move monuments inscribed with Biblical text from public grounds, and more recently, the phrase “under God” in the pledge has come under attack. The phrase “separation of Church and State” is […]

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God in the Pledge

June 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on God in the Pledge · history, media, ritual

Supreme Court Preserves ‘God’ in Pledge The Supremes weaseled out of making an official declaration on the Newdow pledge case, however, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist agreed with the outcome of the case, but still wrote separately to say that the Pledge as recited by schoolchildren does not violate the Constitution. Justices Sandra Day O’Connor […]

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Prophecy Lite

June 2nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Prophecy Lite · culture, media, metaphysics, ritual

Claiming to be “the Christian Voice in the Nation’s Capital,” the [Apostolic Congress] members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon’s […]

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Faith & Pleasure

April 8th, 2004 · Comments Off on Faith & Pleasure · christianity, culture, history

I’ve let a number of unconnected threads of news and history mingle about in my brain for a few weeks now, and have recently come to the realization that a number of social issues of note these days can be traced back to an attitude taken by a multitude of self-described “religious” people. Let’s narrow […]

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Pleasure and Responsibility

February 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Pleasure and Responsibility · culture, media

Recently, the San Marcos school district announced their intention to begin drug testing for all students participating in extracurricular activities. The stated purpose was to force kids to choose between drugs and sports (or chess club, choir, or whatever). The coach of the football team, who was the one who initiated the new plan, said […]

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Ten Suggestions

August 23rd, 2003 · Comments Off on Ten Suggestions · culture, history

Roy Moore, the Alabama judge who refused to move the Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse has been suspended (with pay, natch) for not fulfilling an order by a federal judge. “Roy’s Rock” will be moved by Monday, if not sooner. A few years ago, a local homeless lawyer unsuccessfully sued to get the […]

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