First, an entry from the recent Synchroblog project. One of the breakthroughs that propelled me onto the journey I started several years ago was the growing suspicion that we've been asking the wrong question when it comes to the issue of homosexuality. As such, I'm always happy to discover others who have come to the same conclusion.
2. Here's a story from Real Live Preacher that would have been a good fit for the Synchroblog.
3. I don't listen to much Christian music anymore, but I may have to make an exception for Derek Webb.
4. I've spent a good amount of bandwidth addressing the religious right and its highly selective definition of "freedom." Its opponents on the left aren't much better, though; they simply have different ideas about which aspects of everyone's lives should be under government control. As one example of that, American businesses now have to spend over $1.1 trillion per year to comply with nearly 80,000 pages of federal regulations. That's in addition to taxes.
That's not to say that government doesn't have a role to play in protecting its citizens from predators masquerading as legitimate businesses. But if we seriously believe that the business community is so hopelessly corrupt that even half of the micromanagement contained in those 80,000 pages of legalese is truly necessary to protect the American consumer, then perhaps it's time to abandon the pretense that it's a good idea to let human beings have any freedoms at all.
5. Finally, on a lighter note, it's always nice to have one more justification for that morning cup of coffee (and the one after that)...