Archive | February, 2011

News flash: The media’s religion beat soars from the pitiable to the pathetic in a single bound! Films at Eleven!

February 25, 2011

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey gives us the good news and the bad news after plowing through a recent Pew Research Center Study. The surprisingly good: Mainstream media religion coverage doubled from 2009 to 2010. The predictably bad: it was a leap from one to two percent of all the news deemed fit to print and broadcast. Wow. Like, scrape me off the ceiling and everything.

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Glenn Beck: The Wisconsin Unions = The Muslim Brotherhood = World Domination

February 22, 2011

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Breaking news: Don’t believe those Wisconsin workers when they claim they’re only battling for their collective bargaining rights – and do not be lulled by all their concessions. They’ve got hidden motives, and Glenn Beck heaved up his charts and graphs to “prove” it.

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Thinkers thinking the formerly unthinkable …

February 19, 2011

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Wow. The moral high ground is actually more practical. Something to think about.

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Watch Out. The Impossible Could Be Possible

February 16, 2011

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Hear the imperative once more: Smile boldly. Cuddle up. Nuzzle and snuggle in a bear-hug frenzy of interfaith empathy and love. Let’s be so cotton-candy sweet we spread acne and cavities … Mi casa tu casa …”

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A letter to the Egyptians: Keep proving me wrong

February 12, 2011

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Dear Egyptian People: I hereby admit it. You astonished me. I didn’t think you’d pull it off. Skeptical me could only imagine a grim display in an ugly future … You can even make fun of my continuing worries in this blog’s comments. I’d love to be a laughing stock …

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Flux and change in Egyptian religious leadership …

February 9, 2011

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Hussam Tammam is an Egyptian researcher who usually focuses on his nation’s Islamist movements — and he sees nuance where some see threat. Many are defying religious leaders linked with the regime, including those in the country’s relatively sizable Christian minority.

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“Immoral Wealth” and the Lausanne Conference

February 8, 2011

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“I guess I am tired of a “Gospel that protects the injustice of the status quo” (Richard Stearns). I am tired of wealth that perpetuates and sustains itself at the expense of the majority. I am tired of greed that justifies itself by itself . I am tired of a christian culture that buys into consumerism and the creation of desire. I am tired of the problem continually being defined as “poverty” without any consideration of the counterpoints of wealth and greed …”

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Overthrowing internal despots

February 6, 2011

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I wonder: Is it time we emulate Middle Eastern demonstrators and clamor against the tyrants of our souls? These autocrats are oddly typical despite their invisibility: They pass themselves off as friends, veritable freedom lovers, bulwarks of law and order; they’re indispensible for the economy and the American way – and yet they sweep us into a mind-numbing cultural undercurrent and sap us dry. We’re their playthings until we see their thievery and declare our freedom.

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