The holiday card you see in the post below is now available as a free e-card.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Last year we created this holiday card to be nondenominational without being a tepid, noncommittal "Happy Holidays"
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 11:31 AM
Monday, November 21, 2005
I'm just about speechless. I just stumbled onto the web site of The Creation Museum. Subheading: Upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. Here are some highlights from the "walk-through".
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 9:18 PM
From The New Yorker:
The house belongs to Mark Swanner, a forty-six-year-old C.I.A. officer who has performed interrogations and polygraph tests for the agency, which has employed him at least since the nineteen-nineties. (He is not a covert operative.) Two years ago, at Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, an Iraqi prisoner in Swanner’s custody, Manadel al-Jamadi, died during an interrogation. His head had been covered with a plastic bag, and he was shackled in a crucifixion-like pose that inhibited his ability to breathe; according to forensic pathologists who have examined the case, he asphyxiated. In a subsequent internal investigation, United States government authorities classified Jamadi’s death as a “homicide,” meaning that it resulted from unnatural causes. Swanner has not been charged with a crime and continues to work for the agency.
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 5:25 PM
Liberal Church Audited for Anti War Stance
Linda*in*Cincinnati wrote on November 8, 2005 12:13 PM:
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 2:36 PM
The prophet Isaiah said: “Woe to you legislators of infamous laws … who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan.” Today, I repeat those words. When our legislators put ideology over principle, it is time to sound the trumpets of justice and tell the truth.
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Jim Wallis is the author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It.
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 2:14 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2005
My husband and I created a site for kids called Letter Lane several years ago. The houses on Letter Lane are shaped like letters of the alphabet. This was inspired by our son, who really, really liked the alphabet at the time--much the way some people "like" oxygen. The 26 kids on Letter Lane were designed to reflect the diversity in the United States, so when December rolls around, it seems only right to have a holiday page that reflects our diversity of faith traditions as well. I've just taken down some old links that no longer work, and added some new ones. If you know of any other good links for kids that would fit with the theme of that page, please feel free to leave a comment here.
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 11:51 PM
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Drive another quarter-mile up Interstate 75, past the billboards for Bristol's Strip Club and Trader's World Flea Market, and suddenly the image appears in all its full dimensions. Jesus, depicted from the waist up, is six stories tall and seems to burst from the ground, as if he might gather a tractor-trailer in his Honda-size hands and lift it to heaven.
Actually, when I saw the image, it reminded me of a little kid doing the universally recognized gesture for "Pick me up!" And I can't help wonder what what giant pranster buried him up to his middle like that. Apparently, though, Great Big Jesus has an important highway patrol job...
Some congregants say the statue keeps watch over a section of freeway that was once among the most dangerous in Ohio. Twelve people died along that 15-mile stretch of I-75 in the two years before the image was erected, eight of them killed after cars jumped the median into oncoming traffic. Since the statue went up more than two years ago, there have been no such crossover deaths.
I guess this just seems weird to me because it goes against my image of Jesus as humble.
Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Something about "62 feet tall" sort of flies in the face of that humble thing for me. And I wonder how many kids find the Godzilla-size Jesus just a little scary...
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 10:49 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Former President Jimmy Carter appeared recently on The Early Show on CBS
"Fundamentalism exists in religious circles and now very overwhelmingly in Washington," he says. "A fundamentalist believes, say, in religious circles, that I am close to God. Everything that I believe is absolutely right. Anyone who disagrees with me, in any case, is inherently wrong and therefore, inferior. And it violates my basic principles if I negotiate with anyone else or listen to their point of view or modify my own positions at all. So that is what has permeated this administration."
Read more of the article here.
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 10:17 AM
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 11:26 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Yes, Pat, I used lower case intentionally. The god you talk about all the time--the one you appeal to, threaten people with, and squint your eyes and pray to on television is small god. He is a petty thug of a god, undeserving of a capital G. Your god reminds me of the caricature shown in Monty Python's Holy Grail movie.
On today's 700 Club, Rev. Pat Robertson took the opportunity to strongly rebuke voters in Dover, PA who removed from office school board members who supported teaching faith-based "intelligent design" and instead elected Democrats who opposed bringing up the possibility of a Creator in the school system's science curriculum.
Oh, and by the way, Pat Robertson just assumes the theory of intelligent design teach that his god created all that is. There are alternative intelligent design theories, you know...
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 12:03 PM