I just wrapped up Blessed are the Peacemakers by Wendell Berry. It offers an interesting perspective on its namesake Bible verse, Matthew 5:9. When we’re “blessed” as peacemakers, are we granted material blessings or blessed with good health? Berry argues no.… Read the rest
Ominous music plays
Did you know that (Opponent name) (supports / opposes) (abortion / gun control / same sex marriage)? Even worse they want to (raise / lower) (your / upper class) taxes.
Cheerful music plays
(Candidate name) doesn’t, (he / she / they / xi) promise to stand up for you and your right to (abortion / gun control / same sex marriage).… Read the rest
Look. You shoot an unarmed kid in a hoodie? That’s unacceptable. You shoot an unarmed kid in a playground? That’s unacceptable. You choke a guy to death on the street for selling cigarettes?… Read the rest
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One problem with censoring and expunging certain books and authors for their retrograde attitudes is that, ironically, it covers up and blinds us to the very evils they are accused of.
Some anti-slavery books, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Huckleberry Finn, are now considered racist because of their racial language and their “stereotypical” depictions of black people. And yet these were the books that woke up Americans to the evils of racism!
From today’s ELCA daily bible reading:
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For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors forever and ever.
Milo Yabbadabbadoopolis, brown stain on the collective underwear of society, claims he was “just joking” when he called for armed attacks on journalists.
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“The truth, as always, is the opposite of what the media tells you. I sent a troll about ‘vigilante death squads’ as a *private* response to a few hostile journalists who were asking me for comment, basically as a way of saying, ‘F–k off.’ They then published it.
Mary McAleese has said that the baptism of infants is a form of coercion and is calling on the Church to change its practice.
Oh for…. (facepalm)
“You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old, and you can’t say to them at 7 or 8 or 14 or 19, ‘Here is what you contracted; here is what you signed up to’ — because the truth is, they didn’t,” she said in a June 23 interview with The Irish Times.… Read the rest
I’ve been a Stephen King fan since Junior High. The first book of his I read was The Stand, which still “stands” as one of my favorite books to this day. In fact, that book (combined with overall favorite My Side of the Mountain) fostered a unique adoration for tales of dystopian survival. … Read the rest
“If an individual enters the United States at a location other than an official port of entry and without inspection by a Customs and Border Protection officer, they have illegally entered the United States and will be processed accordingly,” a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said.… Read the rest