Wednesday’s big news involved disclosures that New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office was involved with lane closings on the George Washington Bridge as retribution against a Democratic mayor of Fort Lee who failed to endorse him.
While this is not a religion story, it is a moral one.
Andrew Sullivan was more blunt than some, calling the governor “a vindictive, petty egomaniac contemptuous of the people he serves.”
It was a good day for other blunt pronouncements:
In case you missed it, Dallas First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress in a new book said President Barack Obama is clearing the way for the Antichrist.
And, on this website, Al Mohler acknowledged that some evangelicals are indeed reconsidering birth control. Hence, their opposition to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
“Our concern is to raise an alarm about the entire edifice of modern sexual morality, and to acknowledge that millions of evangelicals have unwittingly aided and abetted that moral revolution by an unreflective and unfaithful embrace of the contraceptive revolution.”
Was the Rev. John Dear too blunt? The peace activist and frequent jailbird resigned from the Jesuit order. Or was he dismissed? The head of the international order said Dear was “obstinately disobedient to the lawful order of Superiors.”
Amid much highfalutin talk, Chris Stedman calls for a time out. He says 2014 should be the year we stop saying, “atheists are immoral” and “believers are stupid.” Amen to that.
Unusually silent? Earlier this week, RNS reported that Israel would provide government funded abortions for women aged 20 to 33. Buzzfeed now says many anti-abortion lawmakers who are also Israel’s loudest defenders were mum.
Then there’s Dennis Rodman. He apologized for comments he made in an interview about an American missionary held captive in North Korea for more than a year.
In other news, reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.
A French comedian is accused of being an anti-Semite after he created a straight-armed gesture called the “quenelle,” which is being compared to a Nazi salute. Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has also penned a song, “Shoah Nanas”– or “Holocaust Pineapples.”
Speaking of France, an 88 year-old German was charged for his role in the World War II massacre of 643 men, women and children in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane.
Calling the U.S., “the Satan,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that nuclear negotiations with world powers had revealed U.S. enmity towards the Islamic state.
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the launching of the War on Poverty and reporter Mark Pinsky reminds us of what can go wrong when religious and secular activists tried to wipe out poverty in Appalachia.
First Colorado and Washington states. Now it looks like Alaska may be the next state to legalize marijuana. This week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said he planned to use an executive action to allow limited use of the drug for sick people.
The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research asked people in Muslim countries how they prefer women to dress in public. Most preferred conservative dress but many also said women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear. The Pew Research Center has a cool graphic.
New Ways Ministry, which describes itself as a “Catholic organization of advocacy and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons,” gave a thumbs up to the movie “Philomena.” Some Catholic groups were offended by the movie, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who gave birth out of wedlock and was sent to a Catholic convent to work without pay while her son was sold to an American couple.
More than 50 years later, there’s this: A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks — to her first grandchild. Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after the couple struggled with fertility problems.
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