On Street Prophets, Pastor Dan gives you all you need to know about our do-nothing Congress. Oh wait, yesterday it did pass a bill that would "cut off financial awards to plaintiffs who bring successful lawsuits against expressions of religion like Christmas displays on government grounds. The aim of the measure, approved 244 to 173, is to discourage lawsuits against local, state and federal governments over issues of separation of church and state."
If you missed your morning coffee induced heart-pounding visit Talk to Action where court stripping looks evan more exciting than you think. Joan points out that the main Representative (Hostettler R-IN) behind this act said this:"When the courts make unconstitutional decisions, we should not enforce them. Federal courts have no army or navy. The court can opine, decide, talk about, sing, whatever it wants to do. We're not saying they can't do that. At the end of the day, we're saying the court can't enforce its opinions."JSpot posts Stephen Colbert's Days of Repentence for Jews clip and also features Nathan Newman on how California taxpayer won't have to subsidize anti-union campaigns.
Chuck Currie speaks up on torture: "President Bush is pressuring the Senate to act on the compromise agreement this week, citing the need for intelligence gathering to maintain strong national security. As people of faith, we are called to stand against policies and practices that violate fundamental human dignity."TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE TORTURE COMPROMISE HERE.
Philadelphia-based Leming writes on CrossLeft about the evangelical School for Social Change at Eastern University.
Muslim Wake Up wonders about the reaction within Isreal over the recent war with Hezbollah.
City of Brass writes: "among the reasoned responses to the Pope is Tariq Ramadan's essay, which argues that the real context of the Pope's address was to emphatically place Islam within the category of Other with which no true dialog can be undertaken."
Christo Lumen tells the Parable of the Good Homosexual.
Jim, over at Disples from the Left, provides a short ethical reflection on the recent Values Voters Conference.
Mainstream Baptist notes the growing discontent with the Iraq war. Where? Among retired military leadership. Why? Because Iran is looming and they don't want to go through another Rummy mess.
Answering the Rev. Deb Haffner's questions about sex on the edges of the public discussion, the Rev. Meg Riley writes about the importance of coalition building within the progressive movement. She states: "Over the years, in coalitions, I have watched a number of areas of disagreement--notably about the Middle East, abortion, and gay rights, take down too many good efforts. I think it is key to leave room for disagreement on some issues while moving forward on others."Even the Devils Believe posts "via Lutheran Zephyr, Beliefnet has a story about a Muslim group in Florida that is sending $5000 in seed money to Palestine to help rebuild Christian churches that were burned there. The group's spokesperson points out that the churches should be protected under the tenets of Islam. Allahu Akbar, and many prayers that we Christians can return to our Muslim brothers and sisters the love expressed in this gesture."
Johnny points out: "The enormity of what is happening in Utah cannot be understated. They are embracing the future in a way no other state has - this truly is a progressive policy from one of our most religiously devout states."
Finally, listen to Provoke Radio! This week "don't miss this fascinating story of one man's awakening to the social justice message of the Gospels. Guest: Mr. Brian McLaren, best selling author of such books as, 'The Secret Message of Jesus' and others. Brian is a leader in the Emergent community and a man Time Magazine referred to as a 'paradigm shifter'. Special guest host: Dr. Steven Miles, Profesor of Theology, Loyola College of Maryland."
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