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Catholic Bill O’Reilly takes on liberal Catholics over concept of “distributive justice.”
Why do some liberals seem to  feel its okay to use religion to argue in favor of their  political positions but find it chilling when conservatives do so? The truth is we all bring our personal moral standards (often formed out of religious faith) to our stances on public policy. Where I think  many of us, on both sides, go wrong is in suggesting that people who hold differing views are somehow not acting in good conscience or, as it were, in good faith. Most people are simply trying to figure out what’s right. It’s the arrogance of certitude that often prevents us from working together to find solutions that address everyone’s concerns and perspectives.

Glenn Beck blasted for mocking Meghan McCain anti-skin cancer PSA. The talk show host goes on and on about the need for respect and kindness for one another on his TV show but then gets inexplicably personal and nasty on his radio show. Cognitive dissonance. BTW, Ms. McCain looks fine.

Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. Winning?

The Book of Mormon announces national tour. The stage spoof of Mormon beliefs to hit the road in 2012.

Oxford University study: religious faith is part of human nature. Apparently, it’s natural to seek God. Not really surprising.

NBC books The Playboy Club. Brent Bozell is going to be mad. Network also announces series pickups for the dramas Smash, Prime Suspect,  Awake and Grimm,  as well as the sitcoms Whitney and Up All Night.  NBC’s official fall schedule announcement is due Sunday.

CW pilots. Finishing up the smorgasbord of pilots being considered by the five broadcast networks for next season. The CW (which is out of the sitcom business entirely)  announces its fall schedule next Thursday.

Dramas
Awakening
Two sisters come of age during a zombie uprising.

Cooper and Stone
Two Chicago-based women cops are partners on the job and best friends all the time.

Danni Lowinsky
A young  lawyer opens up her practice in a shopping mall kiosk.

Hart of Dixie
A young doctor moves to a small southern town inhabited by eccentric characters.  This has been referred to as Southern Exposure.

Heavenly
An angel becomes human and helps a  young legal aid attorney defend her clients while he saves their souls.

Secret Circle
A California teen moves to Salem, Maine where she discovers she comes from a family of witches.

BTW, both Heavenly and the CBS’ Susannah Grant project mentioned here yesterday appear to be going for some of that 1990’s era Touched by an Angel vibe. Now, there was a show that was remarkably refreshing in its open embrace positive faith and of a loving God. While even some believers derided it as simplistic and corny, I personally found it to be well written and genuine. I apparently wasn’t alone. It was one of the most popular shows of its time.

Here’s a clip from the series finale:

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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