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(RNS) Jesus apparently had a lot of ink, but you won't see any of it in one Texas school district. Family values in Pakistan, the pope's hand-written prayer and why bacon smells so freakin' good --- all that and more in today's Roundup.

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  1. Martha Lindberg Mann

    Great entertaining/informative reading, as always. I’m being your proofreading noodge again. Under “Family Values,” your word order is out of whack: “pregnant wife to was stoned death”

    Marty Mann

  2. American Family Association does not need to receive donations if they have funds to waste on an issue like stamps when children in the United States lack the necessities to live a normal life.

  3. Dolan is trolling for big donations from right wingers. He’s sucking up to Paul Ryan in the hope that Ryan will turn over some of his donor contacts to him.

    Dolan’s take on “the left” is pathetically outdated. At most the left in the USA simply wants some more of European style social democracy, which is capitalistic. But any environmentally regulation and worker protection by government is “socialism” to the ultra-right wing. He’s spouting the far right laissez-faire capitalism of the Acton Society.

    Dolan is desperate to get big donations to restore St. Patrick’s cathedral as a place of glory suitable to his self-importance. He forgets it was built largely on the donations of Irish cleaning women and maids.

  4. Laurence Charles Ringo

    O. K.This heinous murder of this young woman in Pakistan has REALLY got me riled, big time, and let me say right off the bat to our Muslim bloggers who keep insisting that these horrific killings have NOTHING to do with Islam:YOUR’RE NOT HELPING!!! Because here’s the question, simply put: let’s say for the sake of argument you’re right. Fine. If that’s so, then why is Islam powerless to stop these vile atrocities against these women and girls? A simple question, and I await an intelligent, thoughtful answer from anyone.

    • ” If that’s so, then why is Islam powerless to stop these vile atrocities against these women and girls? A simple question, and I await an intelligent, thoughtful answer from anyone.”

      Because Fundamentalist Islam is getting support and being subsidized by the government in Pakistan. The Pakistani government let Islamicists run wild for several reasons:
      1. It allowed them to recruit people to fight India as terrorists/proxy soldiers in several disputed provinces.

      2. It allows gains them access to the opium production run by Talibanis and warlords in Afghanistan

      3. It gives the youth something else to do besides plot the destruction of the government, like go abroad to die in a jihad.

      4. The Pakistani government does not have the manpower, nerve or motivation to exert control and rule of law in the “tribal areas”.

      5. It makes it easy for the military backed government to drive out moderates and democracy minded opposition. They get chased out by kill-crazy jihadis rather than government stooges. The government can plausibly deny stymieing democratic reform.

      [Most of these reasons hold for the rest of the Middle East]

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