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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

My New Advice Column

DEAR JOEL: My tenth wedding anniversary is coming up, and I want to do something really special for my wife. Do you have any suggestions? — I Need Romantic Ideas DEAR INRI: Happy anniversary! I’m glad you’re thinking about this issue. Too many men give lame Hallmark cards or jewelry or flowers. Kudos to you [...]

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Smells Like Holy Spirit

What’s the hottest album coming out this fall? It’s not Lil Wayne’s Rebirth. It’s not the Beasties’ Hot Sauce Comitttee, Pt. 1. And it’s certainly not Diddy’s Last Train to Paris. No, it’s Alma Mater, the debut album from musical wunderkind Benedict XVI: His holiness will be singing a Marian prayer as well as speaking [...]

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A Few Good Popes

After Pope Benedict’s fall in the shower last week, there was one question that was on everyone’s mind: WHERE THE HELL WAS HIS GUARDIAN ANGEL? What’s the point of being Pope if your guardian angel isn’t protecting you from slippery floors? I mean, sure, there’s page boys lining up to sodomize you, and you might [...]

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Tragedy is No Time for Theology

You are probably familiar with the problem of evil: Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, all-sexy god allow terrible things to happen to good people? Theologians have proposed a number of unsatisfying solutions: Evil is a necessary consequence of free will, which god needed to give us so that our worship of him would successfully [...]

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Ask an Angel (of Death)

Over at Jewish Journal they’ve introduced Ask an Angel, a light-hearted look at the dating scene from the perspective of a 40-something single Jewish mother. In one of today’s hilarious posts she describes how she’ll kill her son if he someday marries a non-Jewish girl: Here’s the thing, I like being with a Jew and [...]

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Hey, look who’s posting on the BioLogos blog. It’s Unscientific America authors Mooney and Kirshenbaum, writing about the “supposed ‘conflict’ between science and religion” (and endorsing BioLogos founder Francis Collins, although it’s conceivable that this endorsement was merely a requirement to get the post published on the BioLogos blog). Based on the square quotes (and [...]

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I didn’t say anything when Tim Tebow was appointed The Chosen One. I didn’t say anything when Tim Tebow made his teammates listen to Bible verses. I didn’t say anything when Tim Tebow lost to Mississippi. I didn’t even say anything when Tim Tebow went to the Philippines and circumcised young boys. (In retrospect, I [...]

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Law and Order: Sikh Victims Unit

Narrator In the criminal justice system, offenses against Sikhs are considered especially heinous. In London, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Sikh Victims Unit. These are their stories. *CHUNK CHUNK* (Scene opens in a London street with a turbaned man standing over a woman’s [...]

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There are a number of perks to living in Seattle. You can get espresso at the dentist. Bruce Lee’s grave is only a short bus ride away. You can’t spit without hitting a teriyaki restaurant. And, of course, whenever the Discovery Institute has a book signing to promote their latest anti-scientific tract, it’s super-convenient to [...]

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You’ve probably seen the news that Jimmy Carter has ended his 60 years of involvement with the Southern Baptist Church to protest the Baptist practice of “quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses” to justify cruelty to women. I myself broke with the Southern Baptist Church 25 years ago when they began systematically persecuting Kevin [...]

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