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March 8, 2012

Politics, Culture Wars, Relationships

Thoughts about Sluts

by Clay Staggs

Boy, has there been a lot of ink spilled and pixels devoted to Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut.  In case you've been in a cave the last two weeks, he did so based on Fluke's testimony before Congress, which I discussed here.

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March 1, 2012

Politics, Culture Wars

Paying for Law Students’ Birth Control

by Clay Staggs

If you have any question about just how far American culture has fallen, then boy do I have a video that will tell you all you need to know.  

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February 24, 2012

General Theology, Culture Wars, Faith and Science, Global Christianity, Bible Passage

Is Dawkins Cracking?

by Clay Staggs

Richard Dawkins, probably the world's most prominent atheist (at least til now?) seems to be hedging his bets a little.  Check out this report from the UK Telegraph from a debate between Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Hmmmmmm:

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January 24, 2012

Politics, Culture Wars

Carrie Nation at the Centers for Disease Control

by Clay Staggs

Binge drinking is a problem, right?  I mean, who's going to dispute that?  But how widespread is this problem?  Well, according to a new study by the federal government's Centers for Disease Control (your tax dollars at work), over 17% of US adults binge drink, and the average …

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January 23, 2012

Politics, Culture Wars, Children

Presidential Views on Roe, or, Abort Your Way to Equality

by Clay Staggs

Roe v. Wade is turning 39 years old, so President Obama decided to comment.  It was pretty much what you'd expect from a pro-choice Democrat, and you can read it all here.  What is truly remarkable in the statement is this little gem here:

 
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January 5, 2012

Family, Culture Wars, Global Christianity

on the Christian calendar, yet again

by Peggy Drinkard
on the Christian calendar, yet again

The following excellent article expresses what my heart has hinted at but not formulated nearly as well on why the Christian calendar is important.

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October 11, 2011

Culture Wars

Say what?

by Jeff Miller

We have been talking in Book Group about the difficulties involved when Christianity is used by any institution other than the church. The “Occupants” of protest fame have begun to use the name of Christ in their cause……

A transcript from the Occupy NYC website….

Communism failed absolutely. But the …

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October 7, 2011

Culture Wars

A Beautiful Form of Christianity

by Tim Lien

I often read columns from McSweeney’s. The writing is usually off-beat, thoughtful, funny, and well-crafted.

Naturally, my curiosity was piqued when one of their contest finalists’s work (Assimilate Or Go Home: Dispatches from the Stateless Wanderers) was described as “a beautiful form of Christianity.” I’m always just …

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September 28, 2011

Culture Wars

A Slow Motion Humanitarian Disaster”

by Tim Lien

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Joe Biden approves. Of China’s one-child policy, that is. The UN assisted with massive abortion initiatives, killing many babies in the 8th month of pregnancy— acts which even made the killers admit its overreach.

Read The Weekly Standard article here.

The result? A society unstable on a myriad of …

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August 23, 2011

Culture Wars

Warren Buffett is a Hypocrite

by Clay Staggs

There, I said it. I can’t stand it any longer. Lord knows the man is a savvier investor than I will ever be, but his latest political missive delivered on the pages of the New York Times and entitled “Stop Coddling the Super Rich” just pushed me to the …

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August 19, 2011

Culture Wars

We Believe in Reason! (Until We Don’t)

by Tim Lien

Talk to any semi-educated humanist, and they will lead you to believe that they have a domineering market share on cold-logic, reasonableness (not a word?, ok.) Let reason be the guiding rule. Let logic and rationalitiy be the beacon to light the way. “I’m interested,” says the reasonable Calvinist …

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August 19, 2011

Culture Wars

God Complex

by Tim Lien

Do you remember that scene in Schindler’s list?

The one where Schindler tries to convince the deranged commandant from shooting Jews indiscriminately? Schindler tries to appeal to his power-God-complex, by telling him (paraphrased) that it exudes more power to have mercy on someone and let them go, because that …

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August 12, 2010

Culture Wars

Feminist Angst

by Clay Staggs

Here’s an absolutely fascinating article on feminist moms who are upset that their teenage daughters act slutty.

For me, the moms’ logic was a little hard to follow. They want their daughters to be “liberated” from their traditional roles as the “objects” of men, especially in the context of …

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July 13, 2010

Culture Wars

Exorcising AC

by Clay Staggs

I think that it’s fairly indisputable that extreme environmentalists treat their environmentalism with religious fervor. I believe that for many environmentalists it IS their religion. And, like other religions, environmentalism has its demons that need to be exorcised. Apparently, the newest demon is our air conditioning.

Yes, you see …

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June 1, 2010

Culture Wars

We Win!

by Jimmy Hopper

Years after the announcement of victory in Iraq, we have finally won the country. Yesterday on NPR there was a feature on a growth industry in Iraq. It seems that cosmetic surgery is booming. One doctor interviewed said that he had performed 1,400 “nose jobs” in the past few …

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May 24, 2010

Culture Wars

Review of Lost Finale, or, Was that IT?

by Clay Staggs

OK, spoiler alert! Spoiler alert!! If you haven’t seen it, then stop reading now.

With that out of the way, I’ve been thinking a lot about where the Lost writers ended their series. I have come to the conclusion that it is the absolute apex of postmodern relativism …

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March 8, 2010

Culture Wars

What’s Wrong With Education

by Clay Staggs

A couple of quick hits this morning to encapsulate what’s wrong with our education system. What’s worrysome about these three things is not so much their existence as the abject lack of any strategy by anyone in power to actually do anything about it. The only solution that …

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February 23, 2010

Culture Wars

Research NOW Reveals?

by Clay Staggs

Bill Cosby has defined an intellectual as someone who studies something that happens naturally. The folks who did this study, then, are definitely intellectuals:

Watching a curvaceous woman can feel like a reward in the brain of men, much as drinking alcohol or taking drugs might, research now reveals.

These …

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February 21, 2010

Culture Wars

UAH and the Ivy League Mentality

by Clay Staggs

Interesting kerfuffle in the commentary over Amy Bishop, the professor turned shooter in Huntsville:

“You have to talk about Amy Bishop’s mental health in this situation as one of the variables, but being denied tenure when you’re in your mid-40s at an out-of-the-way obscure rural campus in the …
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November 10, 2009

Culture Wars

Toyland

by Peggy Drinkard

I perused a toy catalogue that came in my mail from a large chain…wondering what’s popular with kids now. No real surprises, thankfully. The usual fare. What bothered me was the “take” on boys’ toys vs. girls’ toys. The girls’ lead page … and I quote: “she already thinks …

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November 8, 2009

Culture Wars

Which is Worse?

by Clay Staggs

From the information available about the Fort Hood shooter, Nadal Malik Hasan, it seems as though he was an adherent of radical, jihadist Islam. This morning, there are stories coming out that the Army may have missed (ignored?) some pretty important warning signs:

Law enforcement officials also faced questions about …
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October 8, 2009

Culture Wars

An Update on Levi

by Clay Staggs

The timing on this could not be better. In my earlier post, Proof, I updated the career progress of Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandchild. Well, as if on cue, today there is another career update: Levi is going to pose nude for the November issue of …

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October 6, 2009

Culture Wars

Proof

by Clay Staggs

I propose this as yet more proof of the depravity of mankind. It has been posited that there is no such thing as bad publicity. I think the fact that this is so demonstrably true can only reinforce our reformed view of human nature.

Today’s proof: the case of …

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August 13, 2009

Culture Wars

Is this “news” or what?

by Peggy Drinkard

I find it maddeningly frustrating to try to read a “news article” as opposed to a commentary, and find that it is, in fact, an editorial or commentary, disguised as an article….or perhaps the lines have become so skewed the writers don’t realize the difference anymore. Here’s …

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July 29, 2009

Culture Wars

Post-Evangelical Posters

by Tim Lien

Some of these are funny.

I think many new Reformed believers misunderstand what is really behind “neo-calvinism.” Oddly enough, it’s NOT about the beer, it’s about the glory of God.

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July 20, 2009

Culture Wars

us versus them?

by Peggy Drinkard

Note the contrast here on an article in the news about this week’s solar ecliipse:

Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week’s total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom

                                                      BUT...

astronomers …

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July 15, 2009

Culture Wars

Carrie Nation in New Jersey

by Clay Staggs

You know, sometimes an organization outlives its usefulness. MADD is one of those organizations. Everyone everywhere has gotten their point, agreed with them, and changed laws and enforcement practices. Rather than deeming their efforts successful and disbanding, they’ve morphed into the neo-prohibitionist ninnies that now just annoy everybody.

That …

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June 29, 2009

Culture Wars

The Inevitable Michael Jackson Post

by Clay Staggs

You knew that somebody was going to do it, so why not me?

We’ve all heard about Michael Jackson’s death. The gruesome details are really leaking out in the UK papers. It runs the gamut, too: from the ex-nanny who says she pumped his stomach on more than …

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June 1, 2009

Culture Wars

Keeping our children in tune with the times…

by Jimmy Hopper

I noticed in the NY Times Book Review section that there was a new children’s book out. It is a retelling of the Paul Bunyan legend and tells the story of Paula Bunyan, Paul’s sister. The story is cited as “green and feminist.” However Paula is described as …

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May 29, 2009

Culture Wars

Just Another Day”

by Clay Staggs

In case anyone reading this is not convinced that Western Civilization is doomed, this will do the trick:

HT: Travis Wisdom

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May 23, 2009

Culture Wars

schizophrenia in America

by Peggy Drinkard

One of Webster’s definitions for schizophrenia is “the presense of mutually contradictory or antagonistic parts or qualities.” Francis Shaeffer used the word to describe American culture. This came home to me when I heard on yesterday’s news about the ” international manhunt” mounted to track down a woman and …

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May 3, 2009

Culture Wars

An Open Letter About The Gourmet Beer Bill

by Clay Staggs

Following is the text of a letter I sent this morning to Senator Hank Erwin:

Senator Erwin,

It was with great dismay that I read this week that you led an attempt to filibuster the Free the Hops/Gourmet Beer Bill.

I am dismayed, as a fellow Christian, Republican, and …

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April 15, 2009

Culture Wars

File under: the Dis-United Kingdom

by Jeff Miller

Interesting article about the loss of religion from British life and some who are trying to fight the current cultural trends from with the church.

The story is here.

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March 29, 2009

Culture Wars

I Didn’t See That One Coming

by Tim Lien

I had heard that Catcher in the Rye was banned at one time. Same goes for some Intelligent Design references in textbooks. And you probably read about the parents all aflutter in Salt Lake about a Twilight book that inferred possibly sexual activity on a honeymoon. Imagine insinuating that married …

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March 29, 2009

Culture Wars

Echoes from 1940

by Tim Lien

Against the wishes of my wife (she wanted me to relax), I cuddled up with Saul Friedlander’s The Extermination Years: 1939-1945 over Christmas. It’s a detailed chronology of the persistent, organized, and relentless Nazi machine— depicted through thousands of original journal entries. Yes, a holly jolly Christmas. I …

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March 18, 2009

Culture Wars

The Limits of Christian Charity

by Tim Lien

When the public doesn’t like something, does that make it right? There is a pastor who is housing a convicted child-killer for two months. The community hates that idea. Story, here.

Parallel issue: If the public is infuriated by the AIG bonuses, should they renege on a contractual obligation …

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March 14, 2009

Culture Wars

New Calvinism: Like the Old Kind, But Like, Now

by Tim Lien

Hey, Calvinism is trending. In fact it just made TIME magazine’s top-ten list of ideas that are changing the world right now in ‘09. It even made the top three.

TIME explains New Calvinism to the masses.

Thanks to Seth McBee at Contend Earnestly.

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March 9, 2009

Culture Wars

Not Where You’re Buried, But Where You Rise

by Tim Lien

So there’s this prostitue and John Calvin….”

Sounds like the beginning of a locker-room joke. 500 years after he dies and John Calvin is literally lying in the middle of another controversy. There seems to be some commotion over in Geneva about an ex-prostitute (who sought better rights for …

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February 19, 2009

Culture Wars

Bailouts - no end in sight

by Peggy Drinkard

I don’t know much about the science of economics, but I do know that when money is spent somewhere it has to come from somewhere else. When I see that President Obama is now going to help people who may be facing foreclosure on their homes, I know that …

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February 18, 2009

Culture Wars

Western Civilization Officially Doomed

by Clay Staggs

Read and weep.

Rival iPhone Developers Bicker Over ‘Pull My Finger’”

Not just bicker, but - naturally - file a federal lawsuit.

Sigh.

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February 14, 2009

Culture Wars

OctoMom and Rick Warren

by Tim Lien

New OctoMom, Nadya Suleman, and Rick Warren now have the same agent. They are now both represented by Ambassador Agency, Inc. owned by Wes Yoder. They call themselves a “Christian-based talent agency.”

It’s all here.

An agent, Rick? Really? Has something gone awry in Christendom? Or is this just …

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February 10, 2009

Culture Wars

Academic Shocker:Muslims Not Routinely Lynched in Arab, Alabama

by Clay Staggs

I realize that the South is not exactly the poster child for race relations. That said, it never ceases to amaze me what non-Southerners expect that they will find when they come to the South. Case in point: a Muslim academic, Akbar Ahmed, who teaches at the American University in …

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February 3, 2009

Culture Wars

On Presidents and Saviors…

by Jimmy Hopper

The latest copy of Credenda Agenda arrived in the mail yesterday. One of the first things I look at is the “Cave of Adullam,” a compendium of ridiculous events, and events ridiculing ridiculous events, that occur in our post-modern culture. One of the items in this issue follows: A recent …

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January 30, 2009

Culture Wars

I’ll Drink To That, or, Carrie Nation: Tightwad

by Clay Staggs

According to an article in Forbes, people who are moderate drinkers give more to charities than do teetotalers. Not only that, but drinkers are generally happier and earn more money, even when you control for factors such as income. Read the whole story here, but here’s the bottom line …

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December 3, 2008

Culture Wars

Humanely Inspired, Divinely Orchestrated

by Tim Lien

Max Mitchell is working on the “Princess Diana Bible.” Why name it after her? “Because she has done so many good works,” Max says. You may know Max from his upcoming movie, “Horror in the Wind,” where an airborne substance reverses the world’s sexual orientation. Ok, maybe you haven …

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November 24, 2008

Culture Wars

VDH’s 10 Worst List

by Clay Staggs

Victor Davis Hanson is a professor of classics and history at Stanford. He regularly contributes to National Review and other conservative-leaning publications. I enjoy his writing and recommend it highly.

This morning I ran across an article of his that could fairly be described as a list of the 10 …

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November 22, 2008

Culture Wars

How Much is Enough?

by Jimmy Hopper

Last week I picked up the morning paper and read that Mark Cuban, perhaps best known as the volatile owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, had been indicted for insider trading by the Securties and Exchange commission. He sold shares of a company prior to its public offering supposedly based …

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November 11, 2008

Culture Wars

I’m a Little Late to the Party

by Tim Lien

Where were all my posts pre-Election 2008?

As I have said before, I purposely declined to enter the fray, because I was less concerned about the outcome of the elections and more concerned about what people were believing and saying.

John Piper has a fantastic little clip where he discusses …

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November 8, 2008

Culture Wars

GOD TV: The Pre-Election Montage

by Tim Lien

There is almost too much here: (How’s that for a channel name, by the way? Presumptuous?)

But, again, you can see the dangerous conclusions that people make when they begin with the erroneous assumption that America=the people of God. Lou Engle, perhaps, is the most passionate when he …

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November 7, 2008

Culture Wars

Wild Man Wildmon

by Tim Lien

The Pre-Election Rhetoric Accountability Forum continues:

Perhaps you received this impassioned plea from the desk of Don Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), during the month of October: Its contents, below:

Please vote! Our children’s future depends on it! In my 70 years, I have never seen …
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November 6, 2008

Culture Wars

Now That the Dust Is Settling

by Tim Lien

The impassioned rhetoric this election season was nauseating. And I’m not talking about the candidates or their handlers. The Christian Right supplied enough portions for every American to have second and third helpings. I purposely laid a low profile during these heated exchanges, but now that we have seen …

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October 23, 2008

Culture Wars

God is on the bus, whether you acknowledge Him or not

by Jeff Miller

Dana found this today & blogged about it. I had to repost it on the RB.

London’s red buses will soon have ads on them. Read this article for the full effect.

A few highlights:

Organizers of a campaign to raise money for the ads said Wednesday they received more …

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October 2, 2008

Culture Wars

Great thoughts on Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism

by Eric Venable

So I was just reading a review by Carl Trueman, a British church history prof. at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. (read anything you can get your hands on by Carl Trueman. He’s a lot of fun to read due to his brilliance, clarity and characteristic British wit that drips …

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September 24, 2008

Culture Wars

Lifeway Porn

by Tim Lien

This month’s issue of Gospel Today features 5 female pastors on its cover. Lifeway Christian Bookstores (a non-profit branch of the Southern Baptist Convention) made a decision to place the magazine out of sight and sell it upon request, only— due to their official stance that women cannot be …

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September 12, 2008

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And Everything Was Great Before Then

by Tim Lien

Before I get into it, â??9/11â? was a horrible, awful, and grievous event. I believe that. bloomberg.jpg

At the somber ceremonies yesterday, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day our world was broken. It lives forever in our hearts and our history, a …
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September 11, 2008

Culture Wars

Jesus - Community Organizer??

by Clay Staggs

This is really unbelievable. Watch this:

Everyone who’s even a casual reader of this blog knows how much I love watching political drama. This, however, is going completely off the rails. I know nothing of Rep. Cohen, whether he claims to be a Christian or not. If he does …

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August 20, 2008

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They’re Grrrrrrreat!

by Clay Staggs

Perhaps the only thing that grates on my nerves more than the Carrie Nation types are the food police - you know, those folks that are desperately afraid that somebody, somewhere is enjoying their food. Now, I don’t want anyone to hear what I’m not saying. I don’t …

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August 19, 2008

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Taking On Carrie Nation

by Clay Staggs

This really came as something of a shock to me. Apparently a group of presidents of some prominent universities have dared to suggest that the drinking age be LOWERED back to 18. Read the whole story here.

The group makes what I consider to be the blazingly obvious point that …

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August 14, 2008

Culture Wars

It’s Official: Obama is NOT the Antichrist

by Clay Staggs

So say Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Read it here. (HT: HotAir)

And, since they say so, it must be true, right? I mean, who else can you really rely on to identify the Antichrist?

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August 7, 2008

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Celebrating Eid in Tennessee

by Clay Staggs

Ran across this headline on the web a few days ago:

Workers at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Tennessee have opted to trade a paid Labor Day holiday for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

The full story is available here.

I have reread this thing several times …

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July 17, 2008

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The Face of Christianity

by Jimmy Hopper

I have always (since I became a Christian) been jealous of the name of Christ and concerned when His Church is put , or puts itself, in a bad light before the world. I recently posted about this, particularly the use of the term “evangelical”, to describe Christianinty and the attempt …

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June 25, 2008

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The Only Way To Make Sure It’s Pure”

by Clay Staggs

That quote is from none other than the Director of Greening for the upcoming Democrat Convention in Denver, Andrea Robinson. What’s she talking about? I’m glad you asked.

She’s referring to the 900 volunteers who will be stationed at all of the garbage disposal stations to be …

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May 30, 2008

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Living on BorrowedStolen Time

by Clay Staggs

Bryan Bond told me one time that human beings were created to worship, and if they’re not worshiping God, they’ll find something else to take His place. Nowhere is that statement more true than when applied to the environmentalist movement.

Rush Limbaugh says that it’s the new …

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May 29, 2008

Culture Wars

On Being “Evangelical” in America….

by Jimmy Hopper

I have been, for several years now, one of those Christians who, despite being actually and totally evangelical in the classic sense, have become very nervous about being labeled “evangelical.” It is my belief that the term has been perhaps irremediably ruined when it became a political and cultural catchword …

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May 27, 2008

Culture Wars

Showering with John Edwards

by Clay Staggs

There are two phenomena at work in America right now that are so inwardly destructive that I’m not sure the republic can survive them. The first is our modern higher education system. The other is the environmentalist movement. Apparently the two have merged with frightening results at Oberlin College …

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May 22, 2008

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Virtually Useless

by Tim Lien

The online game Second Life is an amazing phenomenon. Over 6 million users pay a monthly fee to participate in a virtual life. Second Life is pretty much like the computer game SIMS, although every character represents another real human across the globe. So, in other words, if real life …

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May 19, 2008

Culture Wars

Please Pass Me A Compostable Napkin

by Clay Staggs

You know, since the Democrats are the odds-on favorite to be rulers of the political universe for the next four years, everyone might as well know what were in for.

At a recent campaign speech, Sen. Obama offered up this gem:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as …
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May 4, 2008

Culture Wars

Jesus Made Me Puke”

by Tim Lien

That’s the title of an article by Matt Taibbi, appearing in Rolling Stone recently. (RS, May 1, 2008). It is an adaptation of his forthcoming book, The Great Derangement, (Random House).

The premise is this: Matt “infiltrates” (Degree of difficulty, judges? 1.5 out of 100) John Hagee’s …

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April 25, 2008

Culture Wars

Idiot Celebreties, Part XXXVIII

by Clay Staggs

I never, ever thought I would find the occasion to link this blog’s readers to anything on the Access Hollywood website. And yet…..

Harrison Ford, of Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan, and Han Solo fame, has had his chest waxed to protest deforestation. You can read the whole sorry thing …

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April 15, 2008

Culture Wars

A Bitter Pill

by Clay Staggs

I guess everyone has heard by now the quote from Barack Obama during his recent fundraiser in San Francisco. But, for the benefit of those who may have been cut off from civilization the past week, here it is:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a …

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April 4, 2008

Culture Wars

Different Flavors of Fanaticism

by Matt Tootle

I recently received a link to a video that is circulating on the internet. It is a fairly long video, about 16 minutes, and it is creatively produced and thought provoking. The main point of the video is to highlight the violence propagated by the Qur’an and the devoted …

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April 1, 2008

Culture Wars

Fish v. Fish

by Tim Lien

Jonah Goldberg had an Op-Ed in the LA Times this morning, with an interesting premise. Let me just give you the title and sub-title: “Evolution of Religious Bigotry: The cowardice and intolerance of slapping a Darwin fish on your car bumper.”

Click your way there, here.

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An interesting excerpt:

As …

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March 29, 2008

Culture Wars

Revising the Bible, Part Deux

by Tim Lien

Warning: The following will most likely offend somebody. Even my wife has her reservations about this idea. She tells me I must â??lighten-up.â? (I had her permission to write those two lines). But my intent is not to make anybody mad, defensive, or destroy any DVDs. I simply …

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March 27, 2008

Culture Wars

A Less Boring Bible

by Tim Lien

An Anglican vicar, the right Reverend Robert Harrison has just released his new book, Must Know Stories. He retells all of the major biblical stories while updating them “to create more interest.” Goliath is now a drunk, and Eve is now a sex-crazed man-eater. You can read all about it …

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March 27, 2008

Culture Wars

The Liberal Conservative

by Tim Lien

In George Will’s column today he offers up some fascinating data. (Washington Post, March 27, 2008, “Conservatives More Liberal Givers”) You can read it in its entirety here:

Here are some tidbits:

â?¢ “Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give …

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March 11, 2008

Culture Wars

Sin Gets an Extreme Makeover

by Tim Lien

Unconvinced of the prevalence of good old-fashioned sin, the Vatican has released its new beta-model of The Seven Deadly Sins. Apparently, these new 7 are even deadlier due to the spectre of globalization: The article is here:

For your convenience, I’ve summarized the changes below. Discussion point: Don’t …

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March 7, 2008

Culture Wars

More on American Victimhood

by Jimmy Hopper

About three weeks ago, I posted on the current desire/need to be a victim in modern American culture. I ran across a quote today from Tim Rutten in the LA TImes that I consider profound:

â??In the United States and, increasingly, in parts of Western Europe, the only …
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March 7, 2008

Culture Wars

A Case to Watch

by Clay Staggs

The modern day left LOATHES homeschooling. Kimberly and I have started watching Boston Legal, which I probably shouldn’t be confessing here, but nonetheless, we’ve noticed that every time they portray homeschoolers, it’s done in a way to paint the homeschoolers as kooks, weirdos, subversives, or even criminals …

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February 17, 2008

Culture Wars

The Age of Unreason”

by Jimmy Hopper

The title of this blog entry is also the title of a new book just out by Susan Jacoby that speaks to the prevalence of anti-intellctualism in America today. Or maybe I should just say “In the Western World,” given Jeff Miller’s post on the London Mail survey below …

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February 1, 2008

Culture Wars

You and the Internet

by Jimmy Hopper

A new book, Against the Machine, by Lee Siegel, attempts to describe the effect of the internet on American culture. The New Your Times review can be found here.

Suffice it to say that Siegel doesn’t care for the Internet, and he warns you that if you sit in …

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January 19, 2008

Culture Wars

The Pee-Wee-Hermanization of the American Male”

by Clay Staggs

It’s not often that I have the occasion to link one of Tim’s sermons with fashion trends, but I think this qualifies.

Check out this offering from Brooks Brothers (yes, Brooks Brothers!) and this one.

Glenn Reynolds calls it the “Pee-Wee-Hermanization of the American male,” and I think …

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December 13, 2007

Culture Wars

Christians Demand Peace on Earth Through Economic Force

by Tim Lien

Apparently, All Good Christian Men/Women should not be shopping at Gap, Kohls, Bloomingdales, and Marshalls this year. Why? Article here. In other news, if you can’t find me, I’ll be in the Gap.

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December 10, 2007

Culture Wars

Religion in the ‘08 Race

by Clay Staggs

I’ve been blogging a lot lately about the ‘08 race, especially on the Republican side. Since my last entry, though, two really interesting developments have taken place that involve religion’s role in politics.

The first is Mitt Romney’s speech on the role of religious freedoms in the …

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November 26, 2007

Culture Wars

The Archbishop in the Glass House

by Clay Staggs

I’ve frequently bemoaned the sorry state of the Episcopal Church USA. The Church of England is apparently even worse off, if the recent comments of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, are any indication.

The Archbishop recently gave an interview to Emel, which is described as a “muslim lifestyle …

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October 26, 2007

Culture Wars

Why Everybody Hates Lawyers

by Clay Staggs

It’s for idiotic stuff like this. NOTE: This link is probably better for adults only (especially the comment threads, some of which are really funny, though).

Ordinary humans (i.e., non-lawyers) probably can’t imagine either 1) having an argument over what falls within such a definition or 2 …

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October 12, 2007

Culture Wars

Oslo Syndrome

by Clay Staggs

So I got up this morning and saw the news that Al Gore had actually won the Nobel Peace Prize. Perusing a sampling of reaction on the internet, I think that the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, hit the nail on the head:

“The relationship between his activities …

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October 3, 2007

Culture Wars

Making the Wrong Point

by Tim Lien

An article written by Alan Fram (“One in Four Read No Books Last Year,” AP), was printed in many newspapers on August 21, 2007. The Washington Post purchased it and printed it, as did many other papers. You can find the online version here.

As a great reader and a …

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September 19, 2007

Culture Wars

Don’t Tase Me, Bro”

by Clay Staggs

Sometimes it’s hard to know if I’ve just become too jaded and cynical, or whether American culture has completely gone down the drain.

In the news recently was the story of this college student at the University of Florida who went to a forum where Sen. Kerry was …

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September 10, 2007

Culture Wars

If The City Planners Don’t Get You, PETA Will, or, Hands Off My Big Mac

by Clay Staggs

The Puritans (and modern day political conservatives too) have been accused of being deathly afraid that someone, somewhere was having fun. Today, undoubtedly, that distinction belongs to the political left.

I ran across a couple of stories today about food. PETA is unhappy with Al Gore for eating meat. Why …

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September 5, 2007

Culture Wars

Carrie Nation in San Diego

by Clay Staggs

So I guess everyone has heard about the brouhaha on the beach in San Diego over the holiday weekend. In case you missed it, a fight on the beach escalated to the point where the police had to be called in. Read all about it here.

And guess what’s …

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August 24, 2007

Culture Wars

Getting Naked to Save the Glaciers

by Clay Staggs

No, that wasn’t a typo. And, yes, this is going to be as blazingly stupid as the title suggests. In fact, when trying to categorize this entry, I was sorely tempted to create a new category called “Too Dumb to Believe.” Honestly, sometimes I read real news stories and …

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August 23, 2007

Culture Wars

Emergency Clergy

by Tim Lien

A friend of mine (thanks Drew Kay) sent me these links:

Clergy Response Teams are being formed to help the government if martial law is declared. Read about it here and here.

Is there really a conspiracy or is this harmless? Did Tim LaHaye predict this?

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August 7, 2007

Culture Wars

Celebrities

by Jimmy Hopper

Last night I discovered the perfect answer to the celebrity idea that they, because they are famous, attractive and rich, have all the answers to all political and social ills. The answer lies in two words: CELEBRITY JEOPARDY. Despite the softballs lobbed up and categories designed for their specialties (i …

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July 10, 2007

Culture Wars

Soak up the Sun

by Clay Staggs

We return again today to a perennial favorite on this blog - the battle between wacko environmentalists and the rest of us. Be warned: this one is ridiculous even by the already-low standards of the debate on this issue.

We humans have now been accused of being too greedy for the …

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July 9, 2007

Culture Wars

Overated Freedom

by Peggy Drinkard

iIn the “Reflections” section of our church bulletin yesterday there was a thoughtful meditation on the emptiness of “freedom” as it is popularly conceived….the notion of no responsibilities, no commitment, no debts to anyone, just free-floating through life. The pursuit of such freedom seems to be tauted today as …

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July 7, 2007

Culture Wars

Nothing new under the sun….”

by Jimmy Hopper

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says the following: “That which has been is what will be; that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.’ While reading Henry Morton Stanley’s (“Dr. Livingston, I presume”) memoir of his explorations in equatorial Africa in the …

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July 3, 2007

Culture Wars

Christianity and Country

by Jimmy Hopper

As the 4th of July approached, I saw again church signs and even billboards that indicated that the worship of God in certain churches has been changed to a “patrotic celebration” advertising all the fervor for country associated with that particular endeavor. Last Saturday, I read an editorial column in …

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May 24, 2007

Culture Wars

A New Breed?

by Jimmy Hopper

Some of you have already read this since I sent the link out earlier but I thought it would be good to put it on the Riverblog since, as someone noted below, we’ve discussed the state of Christiandom quite a bit here. If you have e-mailed me with a …

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May 23, 2007

Culture Wars

Epicurus, Diogenes, Cynic, and Jerry Falwell

by Tim Lien

apâ?¢roâ?¢pos 1 : at an opportune time 2 : by way of interjection or further comment : with regard to the present topic

As I was studying for the first part of Thessalonians, I came across this quote:

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After watching clip after clip on CNN of comments by Jerry Falwell, I …

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May 6, 2007

Culture Wars

Movie Commentary - “Jesus Camp”

by Jimmy Hopper

As noted in the bulletin this morning, we are providing a forum on the Riverblog to discuss our current Movie Night movie, Jesus Camp. The suggestions below are just that, suggestions, and everyone is free to discuss any ideas as comments. Please join in with your thoughts on the important …

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April 29, 2007

Culture Wars

Ah, Culture…..

by Jimmy Hopper

Most adult Sunday School attendees at Riverwood have heard me speak about the (comatose) state of American culture by commenting on the New York Times Book Review bestseller lists. Well, I’m something of a movie fan also and I was interested in the article in the entertainment insert of …

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April 23, 2007

Culture Wars

Not a Square to Spare

by Clay Staggs

Well, this is a far cry from the gravity of the discussions about the movie (which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed by the way). But, it was so ludicrous, I just had to post it and offer a brief comment.

Sheryl Crow has now proposed a limit on how many squares …

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April 3, 2007

Culture Wars

Bad Pub…..

by Jimmy Hopper

Monday morning, driving in the early morning fog to take my dogs to the Riverwalk, I turned on NPR and heard one of their detailed news items about world affairs; human interest division. This particular item had to do with the coming beatification and canonization of the recently deceased Pope …

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March 29, 2007

Culture Wars

Core Competency

by Clay Staggs

I’ve previously criticized Dr. James Dobson for his negative comments about Sen. McCain and some statements McCain had made about gay marriage. It appears that Dr. Dobson has again thrust himself into the 2008 GOP primary, this time to slam a guy who isn’t even a candidate (yet …

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March 20, 2007

Culture Wars

Bong Hits 4 Jesus

by Clay Staggs

If anyone is left out there that needs an object lesson in the perverse intersection we have in this country with the public schools and the First Amendment, then let me tell you about Bong Hits 4 Jesus.

Believe this or not (and this actually makes my point here) this …

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March 1, 2007

Culture Wars

O Canada! or, Lost in Space

by Clay Staggs

Just when you thought that you had read every asinine, hysterical, over-the-top moronic thing that could be written or said about global warming, along comes Paul Hellyer. Mr. Hellyer used to be the Defense Minster of Canada. He has figured out the way to save the planet from all the …

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February 27, 2007

Culture Wars

The Boring Life of a Prince

by Clay Staggs

In a strange way, I feel very sorry for Prince Charles. He’s an extremely important person, but yet he’s utterly irrelevant. That is to say, he will never wield any real power. But since he’s the Prince of Wales, the media will hang on his every word …

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February 10, 2007

Culture Wars

The Absolution of Sin, circa 1805

by Jimmy Hopper

I am currently reading a book called Memoirs of a Fighting Captain by Admiral Thomas Lord Cochran (hope I did that right!) He was a captain and later an admiral in the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars. Cochran served as the model for Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower in …

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February 7, 2007

Culture Wars

The Gray Lady Channels Marie Antoinette, Or, Let Them Eat Pastel?

by Clay Staggs

Anyone who knows my political leanings will not be surprised to learn that I’m no fan of the New York Times editorial page. Yesterday’s editorial about the price of corn, however, was one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen them print.

For anyone who’s …

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January 24, 2007

Culture Wars

They Have Rehab For That?

by Clay Staggs

OK, confession time. I am hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s one of my favorite shows on TV. That said, there’s nothing to ruin a perfectly good movie or TV show like knowing what the actors are like in real life.

I have been reading about a recent …

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January 23, 2007

Culture Wars

Risky Business

by Clay Staggs

It is always fascinating to see what the unbelieving world thinks about Jesus Christ. In today’s Sun (UK) newspaper, we get a glimpse of that.

Apparently the leader of the “church” of Scientology, David Miscavige, believes that Tom Cruise is going to be “worshiped like Jesus for his work …

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January 17, 2007

Culture Wars

Swearing to Allah

by Tim Lien

If everything goes as planned, after next week, all the investitures for public and civil offices will be completed. These ceremonies make everything official, honorable, and serious, and they culminate in â??the swearing inâ? of our candidates for public office. Traditionally, the oaths have been made while the candidate …

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January 15, 2007

Culture Wars

Dobson on McCain

by Clay Staggs

Interestingly, Dr. Dobson has poked his toe into the political waters of the GOP 2008 presidential primary. He is opposed to John McCain’s candidacy. Apparently McCain’s position on gay marriage is unacceptable to Dobson.

I find this interesting on a number of fronts. First of all, McCain has …

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January 9, 2007

Culture Wars

Re-watching “Chariots of Fire”

by Jimmy Hopper

Sunday night at the latest Riverwood movie night, we viewed “Chariots of Fire,” and I was again amazed at what a fine movie it is and how clearly it speaks to the Christian message. I saw it when it first was released and remember distinctly telling Carolyn during the telecasting …

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December 9, 2006

Culture Wars

Diets and Faith, or “What Would Jesus Eat?” and Other Things

by Jimmy Hopper

Years ago now, in my early days of being a Christian, I stood before a groaning buffet table with my pastor, Dr. Robert Ostenson, in his home at Christmas. As we stared at what seemed to be acres of delicious food, I remarked jokingly, “Dr. O, I don’t think …

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November 10, 2006

Culture Wars

Taking the *Bleep* Out of *Bleep*

by Tim Lien

Leave it to a Presbyterian minister to take all the fun out of cursing. I realize that this discussion could possibly be quite volatile. But, again, leave it to a Presbyterian minister to coldly and systematically approach the subject.

Most importantly, as the Shorter Catechism (Q#2) reminds us, the …

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November 6, 2006

Culture Wars

Some Morals are More Relative Than Others

by Clay Staggs

I suppose that everyone is now aware that Saddam has been sentenced to death by hanging.

I noticed, though, that the President of the European Union has seen fit to condemn the death sentence. Now, that’s probably to be expected, but notice that it’s done without the slightest …

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September 23, 2006

Culture Wars

Kids on Fire”

by Jimmy Hopper

One of the pleasures I enjoy each week is receiving by e-mail the New York Times movie guide each Friday and the Times book review each Sunday. In addition to enjoying reading about books and movies, I generally find that there is no better barometer of our culture than these …

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