Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on Friday, Rick Santorum offered criticism of the campaign that bested him in the 2012 GOP primary, but wound up losing the general election:
One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single factory worker went out there. Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.
When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people. No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them. Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.
Taking stock of Santorum’s advice that Republicans should “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck” instead of just CEOs, Politico judges that he wants to “carve out a role as a leading populist in the 2016 field.”
This was on last night, I’m hoping there’s a replay coming so I can see it.
FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty is the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they radically broke with the Western tradition of religion-by-law to create a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. The film is about the people who imagined a new way of approaching human and civil rights and ultimately transformed a nation and the world. Often misunderstood, sometimes purposely distorted, the religious feelings of America’s founders are approached on the basis of fact. From the most non-conformist to the most devout, the founders might sometimes shock or surprise modern sensibilities regarding religious belief.
I don’t know if this will help anyone else, but this is what helps me put things in perspective. With Huckabee and Fischer shooting off about how it’s the children’s fault for taking god out of the classroom, I turn to Neal deGrasse Tyson’s answer to the question “Does the Universe have a purpose?”
And for added measure (and certainly more powerful delivery), “What is the most Astounding fact?”
I wish the category list had Faith listed instead of Religion. I just can’t select Religion in this case. It is not personal enough, and feel it is tainted more than ever by Hukabee and Fischer and their clear lack of faith in Humanity. It is dogmatic and overbearingly imposed by others, whereas faith can be kept to yourself and personal regardless of what others tell you you should believe.
Do religious adherents need sociology’s help to defend themselves? Steve Fuller has his doubts
This book begins from a remarkable and possibly insulting premise: that the weight of anecdote, hearsay and allegation concerning the unreasonableness, if not irrationality, of religious believers in the US requires a distinguished sociologist to determine if that is indeed the case.
Although Robert Wuthnow, perhaps America’s leading empirically minded sociologist of religion, brings nuance and sympathy to the project, future historians will look upon this work in the same spirit as we regard studies from, say, 70 years ago that earnestly showed that, contrary to its reputation, homosexuality is not a pathological lifestyle bent on destroying civilisation.
A striking feature of the emergent New Atheist movement - which, as Wuthnow observes, extends beyond academic debunkers such as Richard Dawkins to self-styled muckraking journalists - is its tendency to decontextualise the words and deeds of religious believers, especially when they deviate from acceptable patterns of discourse and behaviour. Critics typically do not interact sufficiently and openly with religious believers to enable them to provide a credible context for what the critics witness. Wuthnow remedies that deficiency by synthesising a broad range of survey and interview data that address issues such as the efficacy of prayer, the existence of heaven and the prospects for salvation. The results do not strike this reader as particularly surprising but, I suppose, they had to be stated
A couple who prayed instead of taking their daughter to the hospital as she lay dying at their home were rightfully convicted of homicide, a state attorney told the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that raises questions about when prayer healing turns criminal.
Attorneys for Dale and Leilani Neumann argued that the couple didn’t know when the state’s legal protections for prayer healing ended and criminal liability began.
But Assistant Attorney General Maura Whelan told the justices that Wisconsin’s religious protections clearly don’t apply when a child dies and the couple caused the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara, who was suffering from undiagnosed diabetes.
Fifteen years ago ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB to a somewhat skeptical response. A mid-season teen soap on a fledgling network? Based on a campy film that wasn’t even old enough to attain cult classic status? And who outside of Pixar had heard of Joss Whedon? Little did we know that in creating Sunnydale, Joss had built the first little metropolis in the vast empire now known as the Whedonverse. I was 15 when ‘Buffy’ premiered and, as idiotic as it may sound, it changed my life. I had never before (or since) interacted with a TV show on such a deeply personal level. My high school and college years followed lock-step with Xander’s, Willow’s and Buffy’s and though our experiences weren’t exactly the same, their jokes became mine, their joy was mine and, most of all, their pain was mine. I realize that might sound heavy and melodramatic for an often-times silly show, but the heart wants what the heart wants. So here, here is my clumsy love letter to the seven years I spent watching the show. This is for my high school friend who used to bring me a VHS tape of every episode so I could watch it at home when I wasn’t allowed any TV. (She cried when she handed me a certain tape mid-way through Season 2.) This is for my college roommates who indulgently watched with me every Tuesday. This is for my ‘grown-up’ friends who join me in re-watching the DVDs. This is for the strangers I meet who light up at a casual reference. And this is for my dad who called me the first time Tara and Willow kissed. This is for them and for me and for you and for Joss and for Jane and for Marti and for Doug and for the Davids. So, in no particular order and in honor of the 15th Anniversary, here are the 115 Reasons Why We Love ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer.’ Thank you for the things that were perfect and for the things that weren’t. We loved it all.
I loved it too.
A young NHL prospect recently turned Preacher on his twitter feed, much to the chagrin of many. Here’s the details:
I respect Rocco Grimaldi, the California kid that the Florida Panthers selected in the second round of the 2011 draft and is going to play for North Dakota this season. (Where he could be rookie of the year in the WCHA.)
I respect that he’s a role model for young players, who see a 5-foot-6 forward on a path to the NHL. I respect that he’s a devout Christian who uses social media to preach what he believes, even if his candor may have scared off some teams at the draft.
I respect that, in the end, Grimaldi views faith as a way to affect positive change in someone’s life and in society, which is a view I imagine places him in the majority in the United States.
What I don’t respect, however, are Twitter rants that espouse Puritanical nonsense about how women need to cover themselves lest their feminine curves tempt men.
Rocco wants to know, ladies: Are you honoring God with those jeans that make your butt look great?
The article goes on to highlight the posts, shown here as an entire paragraph instead of a series of tweets:
“Ladies you can help us guys out big time. Put your boobs away and everything else that is hanging out, guys have a hard enough time with that temptation without u helping it along. When did being a beautiful girl become dressing with the least amount of clothes on? When did what u wear become a competition? Before you dress, ask: “Does this outfit honor God, does it honor my body, does it help serve/love my brothers? If it’s a no to any of those questions, then u shouldn’t wear that outfit. #thinkbeforeyoudress”
The article writer then follows up with more opinions on Grimaldi:
There’s a thin line between “ladies are too scantily clad these days” and “God wants you in a potato sack because your brothers can’t help themselves,” and Rocco ran through it. I mean, to each his own, but in my eyes this entire request veers uncomfortably close to the asinine “she was asking for it/look how she was dressed” denouncement women have had to battle for decades.
I should note here that Charles and others here on LGF have made almost an identical point on similar stories before.
Then we get to Grimaldi’s advice to guys:
“Guys, when did sleeping with every girl u can make u a man? Anyone can lay with a woman. And don’t blame the women for how they dress. Don’t say it’s because they want attention. Don’t blame ur “curiosity” or that u just wanted a little taste of what it would be like. Women are not an object for playing with. Sex is a gift from God. We have made it idolatry by how we use it. We blame the women for what they’re wearing, we blame the media for what they’re producing, but we never blame OURSELVES for how WE’VE twisted God’s gift to only glorify ourselves. WE are the men and WE are to blame. God put US in charge of this earth so WE are the ones who need to man up and lay down our lust. Don’t fall into that temptation. If you don’t do this, you may be a boy for the rest of ur life #ManUp”
The writer reiterates that he DOES respect Grimaldi, but takes issue with these particular comments:
But his comments about women are the kind of sexist, archaic thoughts that cloud the positive impact of faith. As a (lapsed) Roman Catholic myself, it’s a constant struggle: You believe there are aspects of religion that are undoubtedly beneficial, but they’re constantly overshadowed by clunky views on sex and gender that repel people and open up the entire community to ridicule.
Full article is here.
I can understand where he’s coming from, but I think there are times you have to pick your battles and this was a bad one to pick. Usually scolding people on Twitter (or Facebook for that matter) is never the best way to address an issue.
Kudos to the kid for being totally honest with his opinion, but he may have made more enemies than friends with opinions like that.
Like Governor Bobby Jindal, these women practice exorcism - unlike Jindal they killed their subject, so he got to be Governor and they got to go to jail.
A Fort Wayne woman Monday morning admitted she took part in an “exorcism” act that led to a toddler’s death.
Natasha N. Hawkins, 31, pleaded guilty to a Class A felony battery charge in the death of 2-year-old Jezaih King. In June, a jury found Jezaih’s mother, Latisha Lawson, guilty of murder.
The two women were roommates. According to court documents and testimony during Lawson’s trial, Hawkins held Jezaih’s legs down while the child’s mother forced him to drink olive oil and vinegar, an attempt to exorcise Jezaih of a demon.
I know it comforts some to think that atheism, secularism, and all these other feared and hated, non-religious “isms” are just as “faith based” as their cherished, religious beliefs.
Yet somehow the irony of that bogus notion eludes them. Go figure.