Where one is thoughtful, the other one is direct. Where one sees shades of gray, the other sees black and white. Where one thinks options through, the other declares himself ready to charge ahead. Obama and McCain at Saddleback Church? So they say. Continue reading
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Rick Warren asked:
“At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?” Continue reading
Troops in Afghanistan. Negotiations with Iran. Barack Obama gets to see how his foreign policy ideas might work, since the Republicans are busy adopting them. Of course, the people putting these ideas in play are the same people who accidentally leaked this to everybody in the USA: Continue reading
It seems this is the outrage of the weekend:
You’d think we’d come a long ways from the days of “no Irish need apply,” and all the other exclusionary nonsense that passed for all-Americanism. Salam Al-Marayati and Steven B. Jacobs point out that if that’s what you think, you might be mistaken: Continue reading
Time to contrast this Grover Norquist gem:
I want to shrink government down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.
with this passage from my own denomination’s social statement on economic life:
Government is intended to serve God’s purposes by limiting or countering narrow economic interests and promoting the common good. Paying taxes to enable government to carry out these and other purposes is an appropriate expression of our stewardship in society, rather than something to be avoided. Government often falls short of these responsibilities. Its policies can harm the common good and especially the most vulnerable in society. Governing leaders are to be held accountable to God’s purposes: “May [they] judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. . . . May [they] defend the cause of the poor of the people” (Psalm 72:2).
He insists that change comes from the bottom up (specifically, 1:25 into the clip).