Monday, December 20, 2004

This 'n' That

This has gotten quite a bit of notice from the blogs, but it's disgusting nonetheless: 44% of Americans believe "the US government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans." (via Americablog).


Peter Steinfels of the NYT has a disgusting commentary on the "God Is Still Speaking" ad flap that recycles much of the conservative backlash against the ad. Apparently, he didn't read the UCC's PR release that described how the ad designers often had to wait 90 minutes while their focus groups vented about being excluded from churches.


Less serious items: Relentlessly Optimistic has some "troubling signs" from Google, and the Thai government is considering adding a warning to packs of smokes sold in that country: "donating cigarettes to monks is a sin." Don't say we didn't warn you.


Booze news: an Episcopal church in D.C. is attracting new visitors after introducing a church homebrew to its "pub Sundays." Sounds like the right kind of church for Bill in Portland Maine. Also this teaser from Ecumenical News International:

Johannesburg (ENI). A large collection of rare whiskies belonging to a South African Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) official will be auctioned to recover some of the two million rands (US$345 000) he took from the church without permission. A court heard this week that Christoffel Hattingh, aged 54, had admitted to a church official he took the money while working at the head office of the DRC in Bloemfontein, the capital of Free State province, the Volksblad newspaper reported.


And with that, we've got to go work on our new blog. Right after we buy a plane ticket to Jo-burg.

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