“Abortion Is a Blessing”

The new dean of the Episcopal Divinity School says people should stop talking about abortion as a tragedy and instead see it as a blessing. Via Rod Dreher. For a different perspective, see the webpage of Juda Myers.

Christ and Antichrist

Patrick Madrid quotes Archbishop Fulton Sheen: The world is rapidly being divided into two camps, the comradeship of anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ. The lines between these two are being drawn. How long the battle will be, we know not. Whether swords will have to be unsheathed, we know not. Whether blood will have…

PETA’s Hypocrisy?

While PETA is railing against Acadian fisherman for killing seals, others are questioning PETA’s own record in slaughtering 95% of animals in its care, saying it doesn’t even try to find homes, despite having a $32,000,000 budget. It’s a press release from the Center for Consumer Freedom–the meat industry’s response to PETA. Still, good questions,…

Confusion about Guadalupe?

California Catholic Daily says Hillary Clinton is confused about “Our Lady of Guadalupe.” It seems she asked who painted the image. This isn’t “confusion”–it simply reflects, first of all, the fact that Protestants don’t accept the uniquely Catholic idea that Mary has a special role that includes  going around appearing to people asking them to…

Bad History and Theology

There’s a weird trend in the UK these days. Lots of secularists are demanding to be taken off the rolls of the Church of England. And some con artists are selling them “de-Baptism certificates” to formalize their rejection of baptism. Diogenes claims this is a resurrection of Anabaptist theology of baptism. Not in any way.…

Barna on Liberals v. Conservatives

From Barna–survey of people who identified themselves as “liberal” or “conservative” on political issues. Liberals are less than half as likely as conservatives to firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches (27% versus 63%, respectively); to strongly believe that Satan is real (17% versus 36%); and to…

Poor Archbishop Burke

Lots of folks are feeling sorry for Archbishop Burke (example). He granted an interview to Randall Terry–then was shocked at how Terry used it. I guess he didn’t think to Google Terry and see how he’s played with the media in the past. Burke is no novice. He’s an experienced archbishop. He’s dealt with the…

Swift Justice

It’s rare that a rogue cop gets disciplined these days, but the cop who kept Ryan Moats from the bedside of his dying mother-in-law acted so stupidly that the Dallas chief of police acted swiftly to discipline him. “I am embarrassed and disappointed by (Powell’s) behavior,” Kunkle said. “His behavior, in my opinion, did not…

ABC’s Pretentious “Debates”

So, Nightline is now in the business of hosting religious “debates.” Why do they pick people who are not skilled debaters, don’t debate in a formal way, and really don’t have the credentials that could make something like this truly interesting and informative? On this topic, they could have had someone like Jeffrey Burton Russell,…

Cops Doing the Right Thing

Someone complained yesterday that my blog has too many stories of cops doing bad things. Well, such is life, especially here in Texas. Cops are often bullies and thugs who prefer to assert their own perceived authority instead of protect and serve the people and the U. S. Constitution. We see that time and time…

The Competency of the Clergy?

What competency does an ELCA bishop have on the subject of global warming? Why is he testifying before a congressional committee? Holloway said that the United States “must acknowledge its role and moral responsibility” in the global climate change crisis and “commit to providing substantial financial support reaching between $7 billion and $21.5 billion a…

To Protect and Serve?

NFL player Ryan Moats of the Houston Texans and his wife were trying to get to the hospital to see her dying mother.  A cop had other ideas: “I can screw you over,” he told Moats. It was a power trip. Dallas Morning News editorial calls for his dismissal from the force.

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

From the New York Daily News: The manager of one of the city’s most luxurious hotels was given the boot after ordering a Catholic employee to clean up his forehead on Ash Wednesday. “Wipe that f—–g s–t off your face,” managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told a bell captain at the New York Palace Hotel on…

Tragedies

Mark Kellner writes in the Adventist Review of the Montana plane crash. Pro-life activist Gingi Edmonds writes about Bud Feldkamp, the dentist whose family was killed. I think his “investments” shocking and scandalous–but I find the article itself a tragedy, as well. Update: Alex Carpenter writes to say, “Bill, you seem to intimate that this…

TUTS and “Les Miz”

We went tonight for the opening performance of the Theater Under the Stars production of “Les Misérables.” This was their own production, not a road show, which means it didn’t have the revolving stage. But it did have a number of cast members who have played their roles on Broadway, including Ed Dixon from the…

Chaput on Catholic Complacency

Archbishop Charlie Chaput of Denver had some blunt words recently about Catholic political influence–or lack thereof. “We need to stop over-counting our numbers, our influence, our institutions and our resources, because they’re not real. We can’t talk about following St. Paul and converting our culture until we sober up and get honest about what we’ve…

A Quiz

A progressive webpage has a political quiz. My score: 159/400. That makes me “conservative”–off the chart conservative.

Jailed for Free Speech in California

The First Amendment is meaningless in Oakland, it appears. Ironic, isn’t? The liberals who made such a fuss about their own free speech a generation ago have denied it to others now that they’ve assumed power. In this case, the man sent to jail for 30 days simply stood in silent witness.

“Is Anti-Zionism Hate?”

Judea Pearl writes in the LA Times. Anti-Zionism rejects the very notion that Jews are a nation — a collective bonded by a common history — and, accordingly, denies Jews the right to self-determination in their historical birthplace. It seeks the dismantling of the Jewish nation-state: Israel. Anti-Zionism earns its discriminatory character by denying the…