The Trouble With Morality

Time magzine is wading into deep waters with its article What Makes Us Moral.  Christians automatically assume that morality is their objective, as opposed to those who would "abolish" it.  But the truth is more complicated than that. Back in seventeenth century France, there were two very prominent preachers, the Jesuit Louis Bordaloue and the …

The Internal Passport is One Step Closer

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants passengers to give the additional personal information — as well as their full names — so it can do more precise background checks that it says will result in fewer travelers being mistaken for terrorists. Travelers currently must provide only a last name and a first initial. Read It …

Is This Stupidity, or Is This Treason?

When I was in my family business, we had quite an interesting customer base: As its main theatre of operations was the Gulf of Mexico, Vulcan had two principal customers: McDermott and Brown and Root [a Halliburton division at the time] (whose construction operation was first divested to OPI, then Horizon Offshore.) It also serviced …

Gene Robinson Travels to Sympathetic Territory

The controversial bishop is taking his message to Nova Southeastern University law school: While some Episcopal dioceses are discussing breaking away from the church, the controversial bishop is traveling around the world to spread a peaceful and inclusive message. His next stop -- South Florida, where a number of Episcopal leaders have shown their support …

Making a Better Case

A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece entitled Hanukkah: Opening Shot in the Culture Wars, which attempted to show that the whole war between Judaeo-Christian morality and the alternative isn't just a creation of the 1960's, but has been going on for a long time. Some visitors to this site like to think …

Making Marriage Private?

Stephanie Coontz' New York Times piece on "Taking Marriage Private" presents an idea that's been brewing on this site for some time. Let's start with my piece "Gay Marriage?  What Marriage?" back in 2004: ...in their quest for a change in the legal status of their relationships, homosexuals have at least three options to pursue: …

Being Right May Not Be Enough

It's tempting for me to dismiss Russell Kelly's last outburst in our back and forth on tithing.  But I can't quite bring myself to do so.  The whole encounter has been rather bizzare, given that we both agree on the most important premise: that tithing is an Old Testament concept, not a New Testament one.  …

The Worst Imperialist?

Although I find much about our government's MO to be objectionable, I also find Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' characterisation of the US as the ‘worst’ imperialist amusing and not a little disingenuous. His idea that the US "wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday" shows a …

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