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Entries from June 2004

Does anybody really know what day it is?

June 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Does anybody really know what day it is? · culture, intentional communities, media

I was at Ruta Maya on Sunday with and our families (they’ve got a kid’s show every Sunday morning — very entertaining!) when he finds there and shares with me a booklet with a 13-month, lunar calendar with a brochure proclaiming they were “solving the evolutionary crisis”. Being previously unaware of an “evolutionary crisis”, I […]

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Spiritual Onanism

June 19th, 2004 · Comments Off on Spiritual Onanism · culture, history

Somewhere in this article is a phrase used by a Catholic cardinal to describe all non-Christian religions, both ancient and New Age: “spiritual auto-eroticism”. I’m almost certain this was intended to be derisive and dismissive, and it is quite surely an honest response from this prelate. What’s funny is that outside of the Catholic context, […]

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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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