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The Intractable Romney Problem

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Today in New Hampshire, Gov. Romney heard this from a restaurant patron: “I’m one person who will not vote for a Mormon,” Al Michaud of Dover shouted at Romney when the former Massachusetts governor approached him inside Harvey’s Bakery. Romney […]

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The Compassionate Conservative He Might Have Been

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I watch and listen to President Bush of late and am thrilled at the compassionate conservative he is again. On immigration he has worked out a bill that to fix a broken immigration system by granting a path to citizenship […]

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Microsoft and hope

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I’ve been asked why I love things like the iphone or why something like Microsoft’s new “surface” make me smile. I realize the answer. Hope. Every new device, every new bauble and fangle and jingle and jangle give this sense […]

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President Bush on Darfur

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This morning, President Bush following up on Darfur with sanctions – good for him for upping the pressure. Please, please more.

Dissent in the academy allowed?

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An interesting article this morning about a very, very popular professor at Iowa State who was apparently denied tenure because he held positive views about intelligent design: An assistant professor who supports intelligent design and was denied tenure at Iowa […]

Dear reader

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A reader writes in response to my short post on Darfur: Rage? Why isn’t “Allah” doing anything about the suffering in Darfur? It is his Muslims causing it. This reader has posted frequently in the past about how liberals are […]

Rage

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It is hard to escape a sickening thought about the hell going on in Darfur – that one day Jesus will judge us for what we did and did not do to help. Question that? Read what he had to […]

Billy Graham 9/11

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Pacific231 reminded me of Graham’s speech at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. I was there at the National Cathedral that amazing day and will always remember the aged Graham standing for peace amidst the cries to kill: Today […]

The rich debate continues…

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…another reader: When the richest 50% of our society owns 97.2% of all wealth and the bottom 50% owning only 2.8% of all wealth, it is difficult for me to sit here and agree with your reasoning. When 18% of […]

“Its not injustice to be rich”

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from a reader: Re: “Lets talk about big bucks” If I buy a new car or get a raise does that mean you are somehow worse off? Of course not! People in this country are so focused on how they […]

Let’s talk about big bucks

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From today’s NYT in an article about the amazing disparity in income between chief executives and those in proximity to them: But the widening disparities in business, which show up in a variety of other ways, reflect a dynamic that […]

The power of threats

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I have a friend – I will not reveal her sex, her liberal politics, or which website employs her, to protect her identity. We were talking recently about writing and the book that she longs to write. The only problem […]

Billy and Jerry

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Billy Graham’s library opening and Jerry Falwell’s funeral provide massive insights into the power of Jesus’s Gospel and its impact on politics. At Rev. Falwell’s funeral this week none of the important political people he spent his life trying to […]

A challenge for all the 2008 presidential candidates

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It is called the Food Stamp Challenge. Begun by a bipartisan group of congressmen, the challenge is to live: …on an average food stamp budget — just $3 a day – …for one week in order to raise visibility and […]

on John Ashcroft and Attorney General Al

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The most telling snippet of White House spin on John Ashcroft came at the end of of Sunday’s WaPo article on his “complex tenure:” “They resented some of his showboating,” said a former White House aide who did not want […]

The big questions…

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…from a reader: Are there “just” wars? What are the criteria? How do we respond to an “unjust” war and do we participate? This has been asked from the time of Augustine. I am saddened that so many evangelical Christians […]

Please Mr. President

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President Carter’s remarks about President Bush were further out of bounds than… (fill in a metaphor that works for you). In our day and age of political harshness, of the politics of divide and conquer, of everything else nasty going […]

President Bush’s Good Move

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Applause and applause for the immigration compromise. America needs to be known for our compassion – we once were. Newt Gingrich calls it a “compromise of every conservative principle” – if that is the case then conservative principles need a […]

Beauty at Liberty University

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At Jerry Falwell’s beloved university, a new generation of Christians are maturing and they are… not what you would think of when you think of Falwell students. Take, for example, this blog post by a student named Johnnie: When Christians […]

Media

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Ok, per comments, I will give heads up on future media appearances – there aren’t any. Here, however, are links to some I did this week: NPR “All Things Considered” Larry King Live – here and here and here and […]

The new Christian conversation…

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…if, as I hope, Rev. Falwell’s passing will bring about a new chance to define what it is to be Christian – something more than simply saying no to abortion, no to gay rights, no to alcohol, no to coed […]

Al Gonzales – Human Shield

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More and more news continues in about the attorney scandal and the morally reprehensible behavior of the man named Al Gonzales in trying to get John Ashcroft, in ICU in a hospital, to rubber stamp the noxious eavesdropping program. There […]

After Jerry Falwell: Recovering Our Faith

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Jerry Falwell almost presided over my wedding nearly a decade ago. The reason why he didn’t speaks volumes about why American Christianity will take a long time to recover from his kind of faith. It was 1999, during the dotcom […]

Billy Graham re: Jerry Falwell

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It is always worth reading what Billy Graham has to say: Statement by Evangelist Billy Graham On the Death of Rev. Jerry Falwell Charlotte, May 15, 2007 “Jerry Falwell was a close personal friend for many years. We did not […]

Jerry Falwell’s Mixed Legacy

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Jerry Falwell has died, and so the discussion begins. Usually words about those recently passed are whitewashed to extol every virtue and ignore every vice, but Jerry Falwell’s position and life demand as honest an examination as possible. Three Sundays […]

Jerry Falwell’s Death

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I want to extend my condolences to Rev. Jerry Falwell’s family, congregation, and university community. Death is always the enemy and it is the enemy here. One day, however, Jesus promises that those who follow him will live again. That […]

Falwell sick…

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…very sick.

Giuliani’s “Core Beliefs’?

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Mayor Giuliani’s abortion talk gets more and more muddled. For starters there was his debate performance where he was for and against and for and against abortion. Then, last week he gave a major speech saying he was absolutely and […]

Religious right dead? Not so fast…

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Last week my friend Cal Thomas highlighted the fact that D. James Kennedy’s Center for Reclaiming America for Christ and Center for Christian Statesmanship – long-time members of the conservative Christian coalition – was closing its doors. Cal wrote hopefully: […]

…and let’s not forget men…

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Manolomen

The Shoe-Blogger

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To: Women Who Love Shoes (note: I am foced to include my 20-month old daughter in this category. She can’t read – she does, however, LOVE her “pretty shoes” – and there are a growing number of them) From: Man […]

From the Pope

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At a mass in Brazil yesterday these words: You believe in the God who is Love: this is your strength, which overcomes the world, the joy that nothing and no one can ever take from you, the peace that Christ […]

The Pope’s “Abortion” Address

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Thanks to anonymous for supplying the text of the Pope’s address that the media reported was essentially about abortion: “I Send You Out on the Great Mission of Evangelizing” My dear young friends! “If you would be perfect, go, sell […]

Dear Donny (pt. 1)

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Thanks for your comments and your passion and your heart that is trying to find God. I noticed in a recent comment you wrote (in part): I have presented my case against them many times, trying to get David to […]

Listening to the Pope

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Pope Benedict’s trip to Brazil has proven very interesting. His comments about possible excommunication for politicians who vote to legalize abortion have been broadly reported – although the Vatican is now saying that he would not support such excommunication. What […]

Things you shouldn’t blog about…

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So I had this bizarre dream last night. Bizarre mostly because it was so absolutely random. So at the risk of being vivisected, here it goes: I was at some dinner party with random people. After dinner some folks headed […]

The Rev and the Gov

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Gov. Romney is taking it to Rev. Sharpton: “It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners,” said Romney, who spoke to reporters Wednesday after a campaign event. “I thought it was a most unfortunate comment to make.” I am […]

Hot, controversial, offensive political news

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…One thing I’ve learned from blogging these past months is that any time I blog on political controversy my blog traffic shoots up, there are lots of comments, I get emails, etc. But when I blog on other things – […]

Pharisee Al Sharpton Speaks

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks on faith: “As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation,” Sharpton said Monday during a debate with […]

Senator Sam Brownback’s Plea for Kansas

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From Senator Brownback: I would like the take a moment and ask for your prayers for the people of my home state of Kansas. Over the last several days, the residents of Greensburg and the surrounding counties in Kansas have […]

Giuliani gave to Planned Parenthood

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And? This is supposed to be news? Is anyone really surprised? NYC paid for abortions when he was mayor. He has long been pro-choice. Why is it even remotely surprising that he gave to Planned Parenthood? It is a perfectly […]

We hate candidates who talk about poverty

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Back to those $400 haircuts. What is the difference between a few $400 haircuts and Sen. Clinton’s (very, very) expensive suits and Fred Thompson’s (very, very) expensive suits? Or what is the difference between those haircuts and the thousands spent […]

Love the Mac Ads

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Some of these ads just make me laugh out loud: Much of it is John Hodgman’s acting. Perhaps more is just Apple’s irreverence towards Microsoft – the perpetual little brother…in this case, however, the little brother who has become the […]

Edwards fights back

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John Edwards slaps back at critics who say that his wealth shows he doesn’t really care about the poor: “Would it have been better if I had done well and didn’t care?” Edwards asked. He is exactly right. So he […]

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to help…”

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From two great people in Sterling, Kansas – a place spared by the tornadoes but not the rain this message to Kim: We are fine and so fortunate. We’re hoping we will be able to help with the clean-up efforts […]

from Kansas

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My wife, Kim, grew up in the middle of Kansas. When people think of Kansas they think of a town just like hers – one square mile with a lone traffic light in the middle of it. From the air […]

Paris, God, Jail

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Paris is going to jail. Thank God…at least that is what she should be doing. First the social policy picture. Paris Hilton will now be just one of the 7 million Americans who are incarcerated or on probation or parole. […]

Some thoughts at graduation time…from Steve Jobs

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A friend sent me this link to a commencement speech Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford a couple of years ago. As might be expected from a man who names his devices – Mac, iPod, iPhone – very simply, […]

Have a wonderful Sunday

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…and pray for the people of Greensburg, KS, who had their town destroyed by a tornado…and for all those in the midst of the current tornado outbreak. My wife grew up in the middle of Kansas – about 90 miles […]

The Religious Right Derby

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The most important constituency watching last night’s Republican debate is the broadly-defined religious right. It is a group in huge transition – more and more evangelicals are rejecting the abortion- and gay marriage-only focus – but, it is obviously the […]

The post-Bush world

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The Republican “debate” tonight wasn’t a debate – it was 10 guys on Hardball answering Chris Matthews’ questions. And if anything jumped out it was that President Bush has no philosophical coattails. There will never be any “Bush conservatives” and […]

Heaven bound: Angelina Jolie or Jim Dobson or me?

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Time has come out with its list of the 100 most powerful/influential people alongside that list is a list of the 12 most powerful givers. First on that list is Angelia Jolie. Here is the description of her efforts: Cause: […]

Illegal Americans

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There are 12 million people (give or take) illegally in America. Because they are here illegally and because they are poor and end up on welfare, some argue, they should be shipped home. Let’s move on from such details as […]

Of Fred and silence

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Will Fred or won’t Fred? Not quite poetic language, but clear – is Fred Thompson running for president? Reports are out that “opposition researchers” are out scouring for dirt on Thompson. They will certainly find something. Everyone has dirt. The […]

Dunderheadiness

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I’m fairly sure dunderheadedness is not a word. But it is what comes to mind when reading about this whole political “showdown” going on in DC at the moment. The Democrats are sending legislation to President Bush with a time […]

“Illegals”

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Some say that America is the “shining city on a hill.” If that is true then we are a pathetic city if we are trying to rid ourselves of “the illegals.” I have my own problems with that metaphor. There […]

So random as virtually unimaginable…

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Peter Gammons is one of the nation’s best writers and commentators on that sport/art/obsession known as baseball. It is worth reading his thoughts on the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed in a car crash […]

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