Hobby Lobby: Another Victory for Closely Held Corporations

In the middle of a victory for conscience, this: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain "closely held" for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.  The whole business of closely held corporations has been lost in the predictable …

Iraq's Unity Government, and Ours

The left tries to have a little fun with this issue: In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of forming a unity government in Iraq but refused to commit to a timetable for creating one in the United States. Taking this in, al-Maliki …

Comments on the Agenda for the 2014 Church of God General Assembly

It's that time of the biennium again: Lord willing, the Church of God will gather in Orlando towards the end of next month to consider the business of the church.  One think that makes this Assembly different is that there are no Executive Committee members to be elected, although the state Administrative Bishops will go through …

Where Two or Three Gather Together, There Will be Politics

Sarah Hey's piece on @standfirm on the necessity of ACNA's people getting involved in their church's politics reminds me of something that took place when I started to work for Church of God Lay Ministries and Paul L. Walker was our Presiding Bishop.  Walker was a successful pastor in Atlanta before he moved onto the …

The Old WASP Church Loots Its Trusts

In this case, the Soper Trust: For the past forty years, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington has been the beneficiary of the Ruth Gregory Soper Trust fund. Constructed as a trust handled by Riggs Bank and then its successor PNC Bank, the diocese received interest from the body of her money.  Under PNC’s careful investments, …

Don't Level the Playing Field, Just Tilt the Table

I was surprised that the groups referenced even had to ask Eric Holder to do this: This week, 90 religious, educational, civil rights, labor, LGBT, women’s, and health groups signed a joint letter (full text) to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Office of Legal Counsel withdraw the Bush Administration's June 29,  2007 memo allowing faith-based organization …

The Children of Paradise Lost: Reflections on Being a South Floridian

Everyone has milestones in their life they stop and either celebrate or reflect on.  In my case, it is something that looks superficial but made a profound difference.  Fifty years ago this month, my parents, brother and I packed up my mother's car and pulled out of the place I live now to move to …

Tea Party Ivy-Leaguer Beats Eric Cantor

In the moderate panic (are people who are really moderates supposed to panic?  isn't that for emotionalist extremists? ) this is easy to overlook about Dave Brat, the Roman Catholic economic professor who upset Eric Cantor in the Republican primary for his U.S. House seat: Brat, who is Catholic, got his masters from Princeton Theological …

A Clarification on My Position on Civil Marriage

Those of you who follow my Twitter feed noted an link to a CNBC article about why my contemporaries are cohabiting in their dotage.  I sensed a little pushback on Facebook on this, so I think that, in my advocacy for the abolition of civil marriage, some clarification is in order. I do not think …

The Russians Look for a Fistful of Yuan

And they may find it, too: Russian companies are preparing to switch contracts to renminbi and other Asian currencies amid fears that western sanctions may freeze them out of the US dollar market, according to two top bankers. "Over the last few weeks there has been a significant interest in the market from large Russian …

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