Interesting stuff coming out of Washington since Steve Hayes at the Weekly Standard produced three different versions of "talking points" eventually used by Susan Rice to blame the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others on an anti-Muslim video.
Even ABC news has reported that the talking points underwent 12 revisions. Jay Carney had claimed only single edit. We now know that is untrue and that the decision to make the changes came from the State Department.
Scour the internet and even Mother Jones and the Huffington post are now paying attention to the story.
One might ask "What difference does it make?" to a blogger who mainly is concerned with theological issues. (More)
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
A bit late for Earth Day, but given that conservatives are incessantly labeled "science deniers" this article caught my eye. Jon Gabriel at Freedomworks has compiled a list of the the 13 worst Earth Day predictions. (He quotes Ronald Baily from Reason.com, "Earth Day, Then and Now")
Being a 1977 high school graduate, I disagree that the 1970s were a lousy decade. We did have Star Wars, The Doobie Brothers and plenty of denim and some of the best muscle cars ever. But I do remember the fear-mongering about the coming ice age. It is precisely why the global warming alarmism of today gets taken with a grain of salt by conservatives from the get-go.
A few of the highlights - or rather lowlights.(More)
Monday, April 22, 2013
Interesting read at Mecatornet about the effect of the erosion of traditional marriage onr the economy. Key paragraphs:
"A productive household does not simply happen when parents beget a child. The foundation for a productive household begins with marriage. Other arrangements cannot measure up, not for the child, not for the couple, not for society, and certainly not for the economy.
"Cohabitation does not take the place of marriage, and there are very strong indications that cohabitation may rival single parenthood as the largest generator of child poverty, while divorce is the cause of most women and children entering poverty in any given year. If marriage makes the world and economy go ’round, these newer family structures truncate productivity, and society begins to limp along."
Not exactly new news.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A lot of focus is placed in progressive circles on the "here and now" implications of the "kingdom of God". A number of themes emerge, most of which made me vaguely uneasy.
One theme seems to be positing the Kingdom of God as a counter to the "Constantinian" view of the church, in essence to say that Christians (read conservatives) shouldn't be on a quest for political power. (This misses the point of conservatism altogether which is largely a quest for the limitation of power.)
Another theme suggests that the Kindom of God means the church is its own political force in exemplifying a nonviolent society committed to social justice and radical equality.
But what exactly is the Kingdom? (More)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Headline at Christian Post "Jim Wallis Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage".
First of all, no surprise here. Anyone who has read the Sojourners site at all could see how the social justice bent of the overall ethos there and the progressive theological influences would make this a logical step. Add the overwhelming support for same sex unions from those who comment there and the criticism Wallis faced from the left for not doing this sooner...let's just say I'm not in the least surprised.
What interests me is the reasoning and the approach Wallis takes. He begins by talking about the overall decline in marriage in the culture at large.
"We are losing marriage in this society. I'm worried about that – among low income people, but all people. How do we commit liberals and conservatives to re-covenanting marriage, reestablishing, renewing marriage?"
Monday, April 01, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013