Visit Outpatient Monk, he’s rad — he’s one of those crazy-smart, witty, sinfully enviable types of guys who calls me his friend. This was a FB post he posted. It took a couple words out of my mouth and added several paragraphs that I never would have thought of. Doug Harrison is an ethicist, Benedictine… Read more Guest Post: A Theologian Responds to Santorum’s Theological Attacks on Obama
http://embed.5min.com/517282165/ Separation of Santorum and State Sometimes this blog basically writes itself. With a Mormon and a fundamentalist Catholic vying for the Republican nomination, blogging is like shooting fish in a barrel. But this post in particular just screams: “ChurchState Guy! Help us make sense of this Santorum guy!” Well, since you asked. Santorum here… Read more
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has a strong track-record of opposing religious leaders and institutions who overstep their religious liberties and invade the political spectrum. The above link is about the contraception debate that I recently discussed. AU claims that religious institutions do not have a special exemption to “deny the… Read more Americans United doesn’t Get it
If I were Romney… The New Yorker does a great job of summarizing this week’s church/state scandal. Mormons believe that (1) only Mormon baptism counts for salvation (they’re not the only ones who have exclusive baptism beliefs… ahem, Catholics), (2) since that’s the case, the dead can be baptised “by proxy”. This seems innacuous until… Read more If I were Romney…
http://www.hulu.com/embed/wu2Ks88INMN0TvW7rfYkgw Follow-up to my previous post about “The Pill and Religious Freedom”. How could I ever forget to include Jon Stewart in my list of important and informative resources on such a relevant topic… i just don’t know. His point is that regardless of the First Amendment implications, this does not equal religious persecution. I… Read more
The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493); alongside the woodcut portrait of Valentine, the text states that he was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius II, known as Claudius Gothicus. He was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at… Read more Be a Martyr for Valentine’s Day
The Issue: Obama is pushing forward one element of his landmark health reform bill (PPACA), which is to provide birth cotrol to all women without a co-pay. The administration sees it as a public safety issue in which millions of dollars can be saved in health costs preventatively. The Complications: Catholic women use birth control… Read more The Pill and Religious Freedom
VIA Adam McClane: Sweet Home Alabama? Adam is a friend of mine and this post about Alabama’s new immigration laws is really important. It speaks for itself, but I really appreciated his pull-quotes about people in a local congregation not wanting to extend the peace of Christ to the latinos in their own congregation. Wow!
So, the most recent roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes derogatorily called Obamacare) is to require all insurance policies to cover birth control without a co-pay. This seems great… unless you’re Catholic, of course. Catholics don’t “officially” believe in birth control. There are several other very conservative denominations who also equate birth control with pre-emptive abortion,… Read more “The Pill” on Both Your Houses!
Welcome to my blog about religion and politics. I’ve been posting some random First Amendment type stuff for the past few months, trying to find “my voice” and see what topics seem most interesting. Now, I’m going live! I’ve invited a ton of people to come check it out. So, “HI! Glad you’re here! Say… Read more Welcome! Say Something!