Favoritism in Fayetteville

A church/state story from Fayetteville, NC, is being misreported by Americans United. … [T]wo veterans are throwing a fit over a policy at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center that keeps a cross and Bible stored in the center’s chapel, instead of on permanent display. That policy, according to VA officials, is straightforward: their chapels…

Sunday

It was 82 degrees today, and sunny. My daughter and I got the Christmas tree today, then I took my wife out in the canoe (her first time in it). We went to Armand Bayou and saw some deer, brown and white pelicans, blue herons, an osprey, great egrets, cormorants, and plenty of other water…

LA Times Blames Religion

An LA Times editorial blames Christians for ruining the film adaptation of The Golden Compass. It’s a pity the religious groups that oppose Pullman’s books and the film are so frightened of the prospect of encouraging kids to immerse themselves in compelling, thoughtful literature. Surely their beliefs are strong enough to stand up to a…

Relics of the Wise Men?

Paul McCain links to a report about a traveling exhibition of relics purporting to be from the Three Wise Men. “This is the closest I’m going to get to God in my physical lifetime,” said Arizona Knights of Columbus spokesman John Garcia.

La Pastorela

Back in 1991 PBS’s “Great Performances” aired “La Pastorela,” a dramatization of a traditional Mexican Christmas play about the shepherds on their way to Bethlehem. We taped it off Vermont ETV that year–and have watched it most Christmases since. We hadn’t watched it for a while, though, and so put it in last night. It…

Kwanzaa

Who founded Kwanzaa? Maulana Karenga–aka Ron Everett. Read about his past, including imprisonment for torturing two women, at Wikipedia and FrontPage Magazine.

Johnny Ramirez on Mitt Romney

Johnny Ramirez rejects Romney’s version of American faith. While Kennedy strove to emphasize that his politics would not be governed by the Roman Catholic hierarchy Mitt Romney seems to argue that his White House will be governed by his notion of what he calls our shared religious tradition. This is for me the point in…

Pullman on Tolkien and Lewis

Interview with Philip Pullman (via Greg): “I dislike his Narnia books because of the solution he offers to the great questions of human life: is there a God, what is the purpose, all that stuff, which he really does engage with pretty deeply, unlike Tolkien who doesn’t touch it at all. ‘The Lord of the…