Monday Evening Highlights

Good evening.

  1. SWFs.
  2. Shame? Shame!? Few politicians have much, as for Mr Obama, well you decide.
  3. According the the cricket race watchers … there is hope.
  4. Raindrops.
  5. Remind me how this would have gone over in the press (and the rest of the left) if it was Mr Bush doing this.
  6. I was going to offer that this post was spot on, but then remembered this is Star Trek … which is not science fiction.
  7. Replace “independence of the central bank” with “independence of the actuarial industry” and the reasoning still holds. Congress remains “weakly accountable.”
  8. Considering icons of the Theotokos.
  9. On global warming.
  10. For anyone interested in theology and science, a essay featuring John Polkinghorne.
  11. More on that topic here.
  12. A quote.
  13. Very very (as in Apollo) cool.
  14. Liberal bigotry against Christians or just ignorance on the part of a reporter?

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  1. Liberal bigotry against Christians or just ignorance on the part of a reporter?

    LOL, the article clearly says that they “purport to be devout Evangelical Christians.” That reflects bigotry against Christians? WTF?

  2. Boonton says:

    Kind of confirms my ‘economy of belief’ hypothesis. Why wouldn’t those who make money in the narco industry seek a religious style that combines the Christianity of the communities they grew up in with justification for drug smuggling? We know from the Taliban in Afghanistan that Muslims will accomodate trade in opium (even though intoxicating drinks is forbidden). I think the biggest demonstration was the ‘discovery’ that the Biblical prohibition against usury wasn’t really a prohibition after all.

  3. Mark says:

    JA,

    LOL, the article clearly says that they “purport to be devout Evangelical Christians.”

    It does not clearly say … but they are not Evangelical Chrstians, which they are not.

    Boonton,

    Why wouldn’t those who make money in the narco industry seek a religious style that combines the Christianity of the communities they grew up in with justification for drug smuggling?

    Because the local authorities in that religious tradition would refute that and it would be obvious.

  4. Mark,

    It does not clearly say … but they are not Evangelical Chrstians, which they are not.

    So in your mind, not setting oneself up as the arbiter of who is and who is not an Evangelical Christian is being bigoted or ignorant?

  5. Boonton says:

    Even better Mark seems to think its the job of a reporter to decide Christian doctrine.

  6. Boonton says:

    Anyway, I’m still waiting to hear what the ‘bias’ is here.

  7. Mark says:

    JA,
    OK, I’ll call my self an Orthodox Jew and offer that after all, who is the arbiter of who is or is not an Orthodox Jew. Your decision that everyone’s claim of their own ontological status is valid is somewhat suspect as a methodology.

    If I decided to call the “Lord’s Resistance Army” ‘moderate Muslims” because they claim to be a syncretic combination of Christianity, Islam (and perhaps by proxy Judaism) recalling that goofy bumper sticker … would that be evidence of “bias” against Muslims to make such a claim? or not?

    Boonton,

    Even better Mark seems to think its the job of a reporter to decide Christian doctrine.

    No it is the job of a reporter to not just report anything anyone claims as factual. If a person makes a doctrinal claim … you could check with someone who might have some depth in the subject if you are clueless at using google yourself.

    On bias, see above.

  8. Boonton says:

    And the world ‘purported’ serves no function here? Would this reporter write that the Pope ‘purports’ to be Christian?

  9. Boonton says:

    BTW, the Nation of Islam (of Malcom X and Louis Farrakhan fame) is often called ‘Muslim’ or ‘Black Muslim’ by the same media. Yet one of its beliefs is that its founder was a prophet. This, though, violates one of the core beliefs of Islam that Muhammad had the ‘seal of the prophets’, his revelation was final and there would be no more after him. This would be the theological equilivant to a Christian group that denied Jesus rose from the dead.