On December 26, the New York Times reported that the end-of-life consultations stripped from the health care law (and infamously dubbed “death panels” by everyone’s favorite Alaskan reality-TV star) are being pushed forward through Medicare regulations:
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over [...]
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Not sure yet? Besides the awful color palette and type selections, the flag waving ever-so-hopefully at the top is union down. Do you know what that means? I do.
Matt Lee Anderson has written a pretty good review of Gabe Lyons’ buzzed-about book, The Next Christians. I haven’t read it, so I can’t claim to have a sound opinion on it. But I want to concur with his slight criticism of the triumphalist tone of the “next Christians” [...]
Twice in a week now we’ve seen religious conservatives trotting out the New Testament in defense of tax policies that favor the wealthy. I’m not opposed to using Scripture to bolster a political point, and it’s Jordan Sekulow’s prerogative if he wants to go on record supporting tax cuts for the rich. But [...]
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The Daily Dish brought my attention to a column by Bill O’Reilly entitled “Keep Christ in Unemployment.” O’Reilly highlights a comment by Congressman Jim McDermott in which he states: “This is Christmastime. We talk about Good Samaritans, the poor, the little baby Jesus [...]
Mark Driscoll is at it again. Some of you might remember early this year when he railed against the film Avatar, proclaiming it “the most demonic, satanic film I’ve ever seen.” This assertion was crazy, of course, but it wasn’t the most disturbing aspect of the sermon in which it was delivered. Just before [...]
Months ago, I wrote about Jack Cashill, a man whose conservative ideals go beyond mere political opinion into blind paranoia. He is an American historian whose favorite topic of writing, it seems, is finding new angles to historical events and creating new and cohesive narratives in which to fit these “fresh” perspectives. (Another [...]
Conor Williams, a newly minted Washington Post columnist and an acquaintance of mine, has a worthwhile post on finding meaning in the modern holiday machine:
I’ve struggled with it for years, often because I’m simultaneously struggling with my faith. My reasons are nothing new: the December holidays in the USA are consumerist, [...]
A side point jumped out at me while reading this story in The Economist. The author asserted that evangelical women like Michele Bachmann, Nikki Haley, and Jan Brewer turn to politics because it is easier to thrive there than in “the stiflingly male evangelical subculture.”
The evangelical woman is an endlessly fascinating, [...]
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