Snow in New York

Ah, the memories this brings back. Folks down here in the South are using hyperbole to speak of the lake effect snows of upstate New York, but for those who live there, or have ever lived there, this is familiar stuff. Our last winter in Watertown (aka Snowtown) saw six feet of snow on the…

Baptist Environmentalism?

Some Texas Baptists are against Perry’s plan to build some new coal-fired electrical plants. Now listen, all you environmentalist peace and justice folks. You can’t just be criticizing every proposal. You’re against coal. You’re against oil and gas. You don’t want us protecting our oil interests in the Middle East. You don’t want us exploring…

Presbyterian hospital accused of dumping homeless

Paraplegic allegedly ‘dumped’ on skid row. A paraplegic man wearing a soiled hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag was found crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being dumped in the street by a Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center van, police said. …Witnesses shouted at the female driver…

Mardi Gras in Galveston

Started last night. For the first time the first weekend is free. Partying, bead-throwing, concerts, parades … and some of the other stuff one associates with Mardi Gras. Do I or do I not take my 17-year-old …? More.

When Popes speak

On December 3, 1839, Pope Gregory XVI issued a blistering condemnation of the slave trade, In supremo apostolatus. The abolitionist movement was in full swing. Eight years before, Garrison founded The Liberator. Six years before, Britain had outlawed slavery in its colonies. Just the year before the Maryland Jesuits had sold their own slaves (for…

Don’t buy this DVD

I loved Flags of Our Fathers–but I’m not buying the DVD. I rented it for $1 at Kroger–there are no extras of any kind on the DVD; you don’t even get the scene selection feature that’s on every other DVD ever produced. Rent it, if you didn’t see the movie. Don’t buy it.

John Allen at UCSB

John Allen reports on a talk he gave at UCSB. At one point during the seminar, [Fr. Virgil] Cordano spoke movingly about his pastoral difficulties in working with bright, theologically literate lay Catholics who are increasingly frustrated with what they see as a church that’s too out of touch, and not terribly interested in their…

ELCA jury verdict: Guilty, but law needs to change

Paul McCain (LCMS publishing house director) comments on the ELCA decision regarding Atlanta pastor Rev. Bradley E. Schmeling. The ELCA committee voted 7-12 to remove him, but issued a statement saying they were nearly unanimous that the policy was wrong. The text of the decision indicated that the committee was nearly unanimous in its concern…

Who killed Superman?

I thought Hollywoodland had an interesting premise–did George Reeves really commit suicide, or was he murdered (and there are plenty of suspects)? But after watching it, I no longer cared. It’s a confusing mix of flashbacks and mystery narrative that just sort of peters out at the end.

Doctors oppose Gov. Perry’s vaccine plan

American Academy of Pediatrics and Texas Medical Association say Gov. Rick Perry has jumped the gun. Both associations make arguments like I have made. The AAP in particular notes that this isn’t why we require school vaccines. Among the statement’s points is that mandating a vaccine for a disease not spread by casual or occupational…

Initiative 957

Washington initiative¬† would require married couples to have children. Proponents of gay marriage are pushing the matter, saying, in effect, “If you say marriage must be for procreation, well we’ll give heterosexual couples three years to have them, after which, their marriage will be annulled.”

Maps

Cool site: MapsOfWar.com. The map on the history of religion has one problem–it seems to act as if Judaism was a religion only when it has been in Israel; the diaspora is mentioned, but not shown. There’s no indication of the spread of Judaism throughout the world, of the the massive loss of Jews in…

Government aid to church schools?

Most Rev. Thomas Curry, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, is one of the leading experts in this nation on the First Amendment. He is one of the few bishops to take a consistent and vocal stand opposing state aid to Catholic schools. For example, Bishop Thomas Curry, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,…

Sacrifices

Report about a man who owns a barbecue restaurant in Oregon. Business was fine until he became a Seventh-day Adventist. This caused some changes in his business, including closing from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and taking pork off the menu. Some customers were disbelieving; others took it personally, storming out with a vow never…

Religious liberty in Euless, TX

Euless, TX (suburb of Dallas) claims that you can have religious freedom, unless local law says you can’t. City claims that to give religious exemptions to civil law would mean placing that religion’s teachings above the civil law, and thus establishing that religion. In this case, the religion in question is Santeria, but this argument…

Now Blogger catches up …

I switched to WordPress because Blogger, after five years, was becoming a pain. They had screwed up their scripts, and so permalinks went to “rchives” instead of “archives.” They ignored all my questions and complaints, and the only advice I could find on their webpage was that I would have to switch to New Blogger.…

We’re the Super Bowl–and you’re not

First the Super Bowl Authorities decreed, “There shall be no tailgating at the Super Bowl.” Now the Super Bowl Authorities decree, “Thou shalt not show the Super Bowl on a big screen, or refer to it, unless you are a tavern or someone who has paid us beaucoup bucks. Churches in particular are warned.” LA…

If Paul Revere lived today …

He would have been thrown in jail for those lights in the Old North Church–and would never have made it out of Charles Town. Boston’s reaction to a recent publicity stunt is scary. Sounds like the judge and the courtroom observers have some common sense, however.