Every year, as we enter the Memorial Day weekend holiday, we make plans around family, friends, and fun events. Many of us also prepare to remember our military veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. How do you prepare? Below the cut are some recommendations . . .
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has made its decision: "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." The group continues to ban homosexual Scout leaders, as well as "any sexual conduct . . . by youth of Scouting age." (CNN has more.)
It remains to be seen how all this will play out. For instance . . . Read More >
"The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. . . . The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! . . . We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there."
The Huffington Post added to the confusion by using the headline "Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics." Here's my response to all this: Read More >
The brutal facts about China's one-child policy are coming to light. In a report in the New York Times, Ma Jian covers the brutalility against women and babies perpetrated by China's Communist government. Read More >
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has started a firestorm with a sermon she delivered in Venezuela.
The blog Anglican Ink criticizes the speech in an article titled “Diversity, not Jesus, saves says Presiding Bishop.” On reading this, I was amazed that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America would chide the Apostle Paul for not being “diverse” enough to accept a slave-girl’s demon possession as something beautiful.
A few years ago, scientists proudly announced that humans and chimps shared 99 percent of their DNA, meaning that mankind was a little more evolved than their kinfolk -- or, if you prefer, kinchimps.
Read More >
Literature is better than any self-help book. Judges have used it to help and educate offenders. There are even literary alternative sentencingprograms for low-level offenders.
The University of Virginia started a program at a local correctional facility teaching Russian literature. It's been a success, helping the offender see the moral aspects of living. One inmate said that at the end of each class, he "he felt like a human being again."
Read More >
After being denied a run for prom queen at his high school by district officials, gay student Coy Villasenor cried foul: “I wear foundation, I fill in my eyebrows, I take care of myself how a female should. . . . I’ve had hair down to my chest for four years. I donated it. I wear tight pants. I was considered a girl. So if that wasn’t good enough for them, then I think, I just think they’re making it up.”
Read More >
It's been a while since I posted a bleg, but here's a quick one: My essay on C. S. Lewis is a finalist in an essay competition over at Book Riot. If you'd like to vote for it, just go to the page and click Like on the top left side. Thanks!