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Ross Douthat offers some welcome relief from all the post-election GOP bashing. This part caught my eye: The liberal image of a non-churchgoing American is probably the “spiritual but not religious” seeker, or the bright young atheist reading Richard Dawkins. But the typical unchurched American is just as often an underemployed working-class man, whose secularism … Continue reading »

Socialist Jesus

I sometimes wonder about people who write stuff like this: As near as we can tell, Jesus would advocate a tax rate somewhere between 50% (in the vein of “If you have two coats, give one to the man who has none”) and 100% (if you want to get into heaven, be poor). What I … Continue reading »

Church and State

When I hear Christians talking about something “we” ought to do, it often disturbs me how easily they confuse what “we” should do as individual Christians, as the church, and as citizens of a secular state. Christians from the ideological right often ask the state to base its policies on a Christian understanding of marriage, … Continue reading »

Public: Gay Relations “Morally Acceptable”

There’s a lot to think about in a new Gallup survey about gay relations: Americans’ support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010. At the same time, the percentage calling these relations “morally wrong” dropped to 43%, the lowest in Gallup’s decade-long trend. Notice this is … Continue reading »

National Day of Prayer – One Opinion

Earlier this month, Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that a national day of prayer is an unconstitutional call to religious action. Since the ruling, atheist and religious groups have been arguing for and against both the ruling and the national day of prayer itself. Many people of faith, especially Christians, have seen the ruling as … Continue reading »

Son of Encouragement

Do you see the glass half full or half empty? I’m a half-empty person, myself. It’s probably my nature, but during the years I was a software developer, that tendency was reinforced. (If you’ve used a computer, you may suspect that programmers are all incurable optimists. Not true: we just aren’t pessimistic enough.) Whether it’s … Continue reading »