A Vote From The Grave

Whereas Barack has only one spiritual advisor, John has three – one of whom is dead and two of whom say nuttier things than Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright.

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Preacher Politics

Hagee’s calumny has made anything even hinted at by Reverend Wright seem bland. He has explanations for just about everything bad that has ever happened and, amazingly, and as MediaMatters, the press watchdog site has noted, they all relate back to God’s and Hagee’s view of current events.

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Imprecatory Prayer

The Internal Revenue Code, which is read with far greater reverence and taken more seriously by its readers than the Bible, proscribes the involvement in political campaigns of religious organizations that are known as 501(c)(3) organizations. By using his church for political purposes, Mr. Drake was violating

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Defective Religions

At first it seems like incredible intolerance. Reflection reveals it’s nothing more than a space problem. In what seemed like yet another foray into the World of Complete Insensitivity, Pope Benedict XVI took aim at all the religions in the world, thus showing himself to be a man who was in his prejudices nothing if not ecumenical.

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King George

The Supreme Court has now gone him one better. It has said that the king’s subjects may not challenge the king’s use of funds of the exchequer when they are spent in furtherance of an executive order.

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The West’s Test

Every time official rhetoric or semi-official debate heats up over democracy, China watchers take sides. The purists regard any conversation as meaningless innuendo, a striptease, designed to defer hardcore action. The romantics sees it as meaningful foreplay, a mood-setter, communicating the impulse, at least somewhere in Party-state, to take things to the next level. Truth is, the geopolitics of resurgent nationalism have become about as much of a stumbling block as the realpolitik of Party control. The liberal democratic models of the West are China’s suitors. And Beijing’s mandarins are stuck playing a highly self-conscious game of hard to get.

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Focus Through a Broken Lens

The Puritans are back and who more worthy to lead them than Cotton Mather and John Hathorne (now known as James Dobson and Bill O’Reilly) renown witch hunters of the 17th century whose successes were hanged and in one case, pressed to death.

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Anatomy of a Quiet Scandal

The current party leaders have established new internal accountability regime intended to hold the ministerial yi ba shou – or “number one man” – responsible for embarrassingly big-time screw-ups, in this case letting news of actual censorship become known…. Hong Kong and Chinese-language media overseas quoted sources saying that Long, who served as Beijing’s municipal propaganda minister and vice-party secretary before become head press censor was also implicated in corruption probe dating back to that time.

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In Limbo No Longer

The International Theological Commission said there were “serious” grounds to hope that unbaptized children might get into heaven. Prior to this report it was believed that unbaptized children went to a place called “limbo.” Theologians (none of whom, I have it on good authority, has ever visited) describe “limbo” as a place where children enjoy an eternal state of perfect natural happiness. It almost certainly has enough teeter-totters and swings for everyone, as well as cotton candy, lemonade, computer games and all the other things children enjoy.

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