“Sharknado 2: The Second One,” premieres tonight, and if you missed the first “Sharknado” last summer it means you probably weren’t born yet. Anyone who can posit a theological angle to this is welcome to do so in the comments section below. My only question: Is it possible for a shark to jump itself?
Storing up treasures stored in … church attics
Michael Paulson shines a light on efforts to collect and preserve centuries old records and documents from disappearing New England churches. Remarkable finds that tell us much about faith and life in early America — and today:
“[A]s finances get tighter, as they are everywhere, and as congregations shrink, and they are doing that in many places, it becomes a matter of, ‘Do we do the ministry we are called to do, or do we preserve the past?’ ” says one Massachusetts pastor.
Designer’s offending logo gets yanked
A couple weeks ago our own Heather Adams wrote about Sufi Muslims who were upset that designer Roberto Cavalli — who once put Hindu gods on a line of underwear and swimsuits — was apparently appropriating their religious symbol as a logo for a clothing and fragrance line. Now comes this development:
— Religion NewsService (@RNS) July 29, 2014
Lighting a candle, not cursing the dark
Jefferson Bethke of the “Hate Religion, Love Jesus” video fame is now battling social injustice by selling candles. Jonathan Merritt reports.
Covenant marriage, convenient divorce?
When Bob McDonnell was elected governor of Virginia it seemed like a dream come true for the religious right: a telegenic GOP pol and a Catholic who had gone to an Evangelical university where he wrote a thesis arguing for “covenant marriage” — laws that would bind couples who marry and make it harder for them to divorce. Now McDonnell and his wife are in court fighting corruption charges by claiming that their broken marriage should get them off the legal hook. We might need a ‘splainer on that one.
Big, if true
— JoInRome (@JosephineMcK) July 30, 2014
Nuns build a house of straw
Cool project, and video, via Catholic News Service. And no “big, bad wolf” jokes, please
House of glass for Archbishop Nienstedt?
A law firm’s report on allegations about the Minnesota churchman’s private life with other men is complete though not released, but Nienstedt is talking to reporters today. Stay tuned.
Top clergy victims organization marks 25 years, looks to the future
My story on how SNAP’s mission is broadening beyond the Catholic Church, and the upside and possible downside of that transformation.
Ex-Christian radio host guilty in child rape case
Awful, but true: USA Today reports that former Grand Rapids Christian radio host John Richard Balyo confessed that he and a second man handcuffed a 12-year-old boy to a motel bed, sexually abused him and took photos of the victim.
Abortion euphemism wars
Last week the New York Times reported on abortion rights opponents coaching Republican candidates to talk about abortion in more palatable ways in order not to alienate voters. Today the NYT has a story on how abortion rights supporters are trying to ditch the “pro-choice” label because it ain’t working either:
“I used to be a one-issue voter” — pro-choice — “but I think most younger people today aren’t,” said Janet Colm, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina.
Finally, everybody in for this year’s Burning Man?!
Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist says he is. Burning Man is, as National Journal explains, “an annual festival of debauchery that takes place in the middle of the Nevada desert. Attendees, called ‘burners,’ often dress up in crazy costumes, waltz around naked, take copious amounts of illicit substances, and generally do whatever they want.”
“There’s no government that organizes this … That’s what happens when nobody tells you what to do. You just figure it out. So Burning Man is a refutation of the argument that the state has a place in nature.”
Me, I’ll stick with “Sharknado,” thanks.
That’s it for now — stay tuned to this space for updates throughout the day.