Category Archives: Religion

Obama’s a Muslim, and God is Hard of Hearing

Pat Robertson, ladies and gentlemen: Pat Robertson today asked God to “deliver” the US from President Obama before it’s too late. After implying that Obama is a Muslim, Robertson told 700 Club viewers: “We need to do something to pray … Continue reading

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Wind, Inherited

Aaron Miller will be the Republican candidate in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District race this coming fall. You’ll never guess what inspired him to run for office: He said he can also reach out to the youth vote, which he said … Continue reading

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Cattle and the Creeping Things

An eight-year old South Carolina girl pointed out that the state had no official fossil. A Democrat in the state legislature responded by nominating the wooly mammoth, because one of the earliest discovered mammoth fossils was found in South Carolina. … Continue reading

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Off the radar screen

I don’t see the problem here: Creationists are accusing astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” of being scientifically unbalanced because it doesn’t represent their beliefs. Right Wing Watch posted audio of Danny Faulkner of Answers In … Continue reading

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To be an atheist and pro-choice

Ramesh Ponnuru responds to critics who call him a hypocrite for arguing that the government should accommodate the religious views of those who oppose abortion, when what he really wants is to impose his religious views on believers and non-believers … Continue reading

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Like Semitrailers in the Middle Ages

There are a whole host of reasons why scholars are confident that the Bible was written well after the events it claims took place. Here’s one more: There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out … Continue reading

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Devolution (2)

Pew periodically surveys American views on evolution. This year’s results were discouraging, if not all that surprising: About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is “due to natural processes such as … Continue reading

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Religion Miscellanea

1) Megyn Kelly needs to (1) have a talk with her parents that she should have had a long time ago, (2) read some history books, (3) talk to some Christians from different racial/ethnic backgrounds, (4)visit the Middle East to … Continue reading

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On Birth Control and Pork

Rick Warren, ladies and gentlemen: Requiring employers to provide insurance covering contraception is no different than forcing a Jewish deli to sell pork, evangelical Christian pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren said Wednesday. “I don’t have a problem personally with … Continue reading

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Rush knows better?

Rush Limbaugh claims to be a fan of Catholicism. He’s just not a fan of the Pope’s Catholicism: Pope Francis: Successor to St. Peter … the people’s pontiff … Marxist? That’s what conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests, … Continue reading

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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming

Readers of PYM already know i’m a big fan of the author Marilynne Robinson. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find an essay/profile on Robinson in The American Conservative. Here’s an excerpt: Yet Robinson grounds her liberalism in her Calvinist … Continue reading

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Ex-Pope: God Is Real

Not as exciting as all the kerfuffle surrounding Pope Francis, but I hope I get a chance sometime to read this full exchange: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in writing a letter to a prominent Italian atheist in an … Continue reading

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I’ll See Your Bible Quote and Raise You a Bible Quote

I will admit to a lack of detailed familiarity with the New Testament, but I’m pretty sure that it’s take on poverty and the importance of The Haves looking out for The Have Nots does not easily lend itself to … Continue reading

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What The Pope Didn’t Say

Pope Francis has exceeded my hopes as a liberal admirer of the Church, even since I first heard that a Latin American Jesuit had been selected as Pope. Damon Linker provides some context at The New Republic: It’s a sign … Continue reading

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I made a lot of mistakes

I know, I know, this Sufjan Stevens song is about his experiences in Chicago and has nothing to do with the Jewish Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). But still, it kind of works.

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Beginnings XIV

While home with my family for the Jewish new year, I came across a copy of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath. The prologue to the book, which is an explanation and a defense of the importance of the Sabbath to … Continue reading

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The law come to get you if you don’t walk right

Is it me or do a disproportionate number of these embarrassing controversies involving the separation of church and state happen in Tennessee? A Newport mother is appealing a court’s decision after a judge ordered her son’s name be changed from “Messiah.” … Continue reading

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Rich, Catholic, And Fab

Josh Barro flags Pew data showing which countries tend to be most accepting of gays:

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