Monday, January 03, 2005

This 'n' That

Yet another well-covered story: some parents at a Catholic school in Costa Mesa, California are objecting to the enrollment of two sons of a gay couple. We don't have much to add, other than that this editorial provides a fairly solid line of reasoning:

The 18 parents at St. John the Baptist no doubt believe they're right. How might they convince themselves otherwise?

To me, it's obvious: How persuasive can any religious argument be that, as its outcome, results in forcing two kindergartners out of school?

If I were one of the 18, I'd ask myself that question and then follow my heart.

Barna Research Group, an evangelical polling organization that's well-respected in church circles, was recently commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention to study some religious trends in Kentucky. What they came up with doesn't exactly fit some pre-conceived notions. Max Blumenthal has more. And while we're challenging pre-conceived notions, check out this NPR report: turns out some of the poorest areas of the US are the best givers to charity.

The atheists are organizing! The atheists are organizing!

The Christian Post has the most offensive lede to a story we've seen in a while:

Florida's Second District Court of Appeal Dec. 29 affirmed a lower court's decision not to re-open a case involving the religious liberty of a woman in a vegetative state, Terri Schiavo.

Nice to know that our religious freedom will determine whether the plug is pulled, and not our express wishes. We can only say from pastoral experience: make a living will, folks. Write it down.


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