Happy Birthday, Simon Wiesenthal

Today’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The Jerusalem Post reports that in honor of the occasion, Yad Vashem has published a guide on antisemitism.  I can’t find the link yet, however. Meanwhile, check out the webpage of the center that bears his name.

Our Houston Area Police in the News. Again.

Bellaire cop sees car pull into driveway. Two people get out and proceed toward the front door. Cop thinks car is stolen and starts screaming at them, ends up shooting one. Problem is, the car wasn’t stolen. The owner was driving it. When the cop started acting crazy, the owner was in his own driveway,…

“What Would You Do?”

Thoughts from Rabbi Amy Weiss. What would you do if a stalker had been threatening you and your family, you had a restraining order and in the middle of the night you heard a rustling outside the window. Could we for a moment suspend the knowledge that we are in Texas and it is legal…

Some Palestinians Cheering on Israel

From the Catholic News Service: “The situation is very bad. Hamas is all over the place and it is very dangerous,” said a source whose teenage son had remained alone in Gaza with cousins. He said Hamas institutions and installations were scattered throughout Gaza among residential and business areas. He said he hopes Israel “kills”…

There and Back Again

We got home last night after a weeklong trip to visit my parents in Florida for Christmas. Some things along the way … On Christmas Day, went canoeing with my father and son in the mangrove tunnels of the Terra Ceia Preserve. As we were turning sharply into a tunnel, I grabbed at some branches…

The Right of Self Defense

The usual liberal groups are protesting Israel’s military action in Gaza. “Hundreds” marched in Houston’s Galleria area yesterday, according to the Houston Chronicle. The World Council of Churches demands that “the violence against Gaza” must stop. They conveniently fail to note something important. This “violence” is Israel’s reaction to Hamas’ breaking of the peace. Hamas…

Happy Holidays from Hamas

Kesher Talk reports Hamas legislature approves crucifixion and hand amputation in Gaza. From Jerusalem Post: Such punishments include whipping, severing hands, crucifixion and hanging. The bill reserves death sentences to people who negotiate with a foreign government “against Palestinian interests” and engage in any activity that can “hurt Palestinian morale.” According to the report, any…

Fourth Week of Advent

Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Take away the hindrance of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,…

When Will They Get It?

Will the Catholic Church ever comprehend the evil that it has done? Case in point: closing remarks by a lawyer for the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, in a case involving (surprise) sexual abuse by a priest, Fr. Edward Paquette. Paquette had a long history of abuse in other dioceses that was disclosed to church officials…

KJV Only?

Some folks are quite convinced that the King James Version is the only Bible we should be using. James White has been dealing with some of these folks. Shawn Brace now enters the fray, responding to someone enamored of Walter Veith’s conspiratorial DVDs.

The Theology of the Cross

The cross is the apex of the Christian faith. Thus Paul told Corinth, “I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). Here’s a little something from an article I published on this in 1989, looking at the role the theology of the cross played in…

Georgia Judges in Contempt

George Judges should be held in contempt of the Constitution, for their belligerence toward Muslim women. CAIR report. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Judge Keith Rollins is the latest culprit. Care to let the court know what you think? Here’s their contact info. Commentary at Volokh.

Christmas Myths

I don’t understand Focus on the Family‘s war on those who don’t want to entangle Christmas in commercialism. Why should secular businesses, many of which may well be run by non-Christians, be judged on the basis of whether or not they pay lip service to “Christmas”? FOTF speaks of “this historic Christian observance in our…

Catholics Closing up Shop on Galveston Island

Galveston is the mother church of Texas Catholicism. The entire state was once included within the Diocese of Galveston, erected in 1847 by Pope Pius IX. The Great Storm was devastating to the island, but it remained an important city until the ship channel diverted port traffic to Houston. The diocese moved its chancery to…

Unrepentant to the End

My wife’s cousin Dick can’t admit he was wrong. Still says “We don’t torture” and “waterboarding is kewl” (water torture not being torture in his tortured reasoning). Says he would have still argued for invading Iraq even knowing what we know now (despite Karl Rove’s statements on the matter).

Excommunicated

Msgr. Dale Fushek, former pastor of St. Timothy Catholic church in Mesa, AZ, founder of the LifeTeen program, accused of sexual abuse of minors, has been excommunicated by the Catholic Church. Not for his abuse of minors, but because he founded an independent Praise and Worship Center. Also excommunicated, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, MM, for advocating…

Episcopalians in the News

The real question is, why are Episcopalians so often in the news, when they are such a small denomination? That’s the question asked by E. E. Evans at GetReligion, echoing what Terry Mattingly wrote in 1994. There are only about 2.4 million Episcopalians. Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormons, Presbyterians, Church of God in Christ, Assemblies of…

Kudos to Harris County Sheriff-Elect

I voted for the right man for sheriff. Adrian Garcia hasn’t taken office yet, but he’s showing that he is indeed bringing the right sort of change to the office of Harris County Sheriff. The day before Thanksgiving, deputies reportedly terrorized a family of Sikhs when they responded to the call that their home had…

On Preaching to Young Adults

Fr. Gus DiNoia, OP, on preaching to young adults (ht Alan). How do we “clear away the barriers” that keep young adults from Christ? Clearing away the barriers-whatever the audience we have in view-demands a robust sort of apologetics. No one in his or her right mind will be interested in a faith about which…