This segment aired a week ago on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. A very interesting look at some of growing ties between progressives faith leaders and elected officials. Enjoy the clip.
Richard Land is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Princeton (A.B., magna cum laude) and Oxford (D.Phil.) educated, Dr. Richard Land has headed the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988.
Roy Herron is a State Senator from Tennessee covering the 24th distract. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with highest honors, Roy studied New Testament and ethics in Scotland as a Rotary Scholar, then became one of Vanderbilt University’s first two joint divinity and law graduates.
Interesting interview yesterday featuring a spokesperson from CAIR discussing recent survey results that show the Muslim vote trending Democratic. Good to see that his quick departure from Dancing with the Stars hasn’t dampened Tucker’s ability to imply that Muslims are terrorists…
U2′s “The Heart is a Bloom” shows up on Christo Lumen as well as “the parable of the good homosexual.” Also sticking up for what’s right, Mainstream Baptist fact checks the hell out of the roots of anti-pluralistic thinking.
Hey! Radical Torah writes:
“Our spirit (ru’ach) lives in our breath (ru’ach), is our breath. The Kabbalah says that when two people are talking together and their faces are so close they inhale the other’s breath, they are sharing souls. According to Hasidism, our souls are too vast to inhabit our bodies; they penetrate and surround them.”
Xpatriated Texan points out that, “We’re two weeks out from the election. People are dying to make sure you can vote, you owe it to them to give up half an hour to exercise your rights.”
Frank, over at Talk to Action, post number thirteen in his series: The Pizza-man Delivers: Monaghan’s Dough for Radical Right Politicos.
Even the Devil’s Believe writes about the “New Atheism.” He point out: “Wired has an interesting article up called “Battle of the New Atheism” — it’s their cover story for November. The author, Gary Wolf, looks into the “evangelical atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others who believe that religion must be eradicated and replaced with a cult of reason.”
Yummy! Johnny blogs on the most Republican town in America.
Reflecting on Lauren Winner’s Girl Meets God, Velvateen Rabbi writes that, “her story demonstrates that binary distinction isn’t always the most useful way to talk about religious identity in today’s world.”
It’s been many moons since I spoke of the faith based initiatives (and I don’t mean Iraq, Afghanistan, civil liberties, etc.). I feared that it would be a program that was designed to become corrupt (plausible deniability), but I had no idea it was designed to be corrupt, to subvert the very basis of the American system of governance. However, after 6 years of watching as the people in power rule by fiat, and spit upon what it means to be American, I am not surprised.
Spirit Blog writes about 9 difficult words.
Chuck Currie affirms that the GOP really doesn’t care about black people, especially in TN-Sen.
And Pastor Dan over at Street Prophets points out that along with most of the country these days, American Muslims are trending blue.
And finally, JSpot stands by MoveOn.org and says, “Stop Playing Politics with Antisemitism.” Join the action here.