McLaren Answers the Stupak Question

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Shortly after my post ” Where do ProgressiveEvangelicals Stand on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment?” , I got an blast email from the folks over at Sojourners calling attention to a Sojourners article by Brian McLaren that answers the question. McLaren is not happy with the folks at the Daily . . . . Continue Reading »

War (is | is not) The Answer

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Over at Sojourners, Brian McLaren—the emerging church and religious left’s foremost authority on foreign affairs, grand strategy, and defense policy—has weighed in on Afghanistan. In ” Dear President Obama: An Open Letter on Afghanistan ,” McClaren writes: I am a loyal . . . . Continue Reading »

The Insanity of D.C. Public Schools

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According to a Washington Post editorial, ” Open to Vouchers? ” Michelle Rhee, the head of the Washington, DC public education system recently testified before Congress that “she could not in good conscience tell a parent today to put his or her child in a traditional [Washington, . . . . Continue Reading »

Coolness and Sexiles

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In a Washington Post article, ” Colleges Speaking Up to Protect Shy ‘Sexiles ‘”, we are informed that “In an era of coed dorms and slackening rules about “overnight guests,” a new constituency has emerged on college campuses: the roommate inconvenienced by . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Jim Wallis Pro-Choice?

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In ” One Cheer for Jim Wallis ” I complimented the founder of Sojourners for his insistence—when pressed on the issue by a CBN reporter—that abortion funding be excluded from any health care reform. I ran into Wallis not long afterwards and he wanted to know why I was being so . . . . Continue Reading »

Nobel Peace Prize Warrior

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Back in the Reagan era the slogan was “Peace through Strength.” In the military ranks this was modified, with typical military humor as decidedly unofficial, politically incorrect, slogans such as “Peace through Fire-Superiority” or “Peace through Marksmanship” or . . . . Continue Reading »

A General Within Bounds

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On Saturday Bruce Ackerman, a notoriously liberal Yale Law School Professor, took to the editorial pages of the Washington Post to criticize General McChrystal. In  ” A General’s Public Pressure ” he writes: In a speech in London on Thursday, Gen. Stanley McChrystal publicly . . . . Continue Reading »