Philocrites : Scrapbook : September 2005 Archive

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Lakoff's 'Manual of Liberal Dysfunction'

Quoted 09.27.05:

Moral Politics could serve as a sort of DSM-IV for our movement, a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Liberal Dysfunction.

Phil Lund, Phil's Little Blog on the Prairie 9.27.05

Monday, September 26, 2005

Navy arranged for CIA's 33 AirTorture planes

Quoted 09.26.05:

A branch of the Navy secretly contracted for a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream jets reportedly used to fly terror suspects to countries known to practice torture.

Seth Hettena [AP], Boston Globe 9.25.05, reg req'd

Friday, September 23, 2005

Anger and sadness about Vatican decision to bar gay men from priesthood

Quoted 09.23.05:

"I find that I am becoming more and more angry," said a 40-year-old priest on the West Coast who said he had not decided whether to reveal his homosexuality publicly. "This is the church I've given my life to and I believe in. I look at every person I come in contact with as someone who's created in the image and likeness of God, and I expect that from the church that I'm a part of. But I always feel like I'm 'less than.'"

Laurie Goodstein, New York Times 9.23.05, reg req'd; see also Vatican Will Bar Gay Men from Priesthood, 'Purify' Seminaries (Ian Fisher and Laurie Goodstein, New York Times 9.22.05, reg req'd)

Here comes another public school Bible course

Quoted 09.23.05:

The Bible and Its Influence[The Bible Literacy Project's new curriculum, "The Bible and Its Influence,"] follows detailed principles in a 1999 accord, "The Bible and Public Schools," brokered by Bible Literacy and the First Amendment Center, a non-partisan program of the Freedom Forum devoted to constitutional liberties. That accord is endorsed by seven major educational organizations and Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups. . . .

[According to one of the curriculum's editors], the key to effective education is respect for the biblical text, constitutional law, scholarship, various faith traditions and divergent interpretations.

Richard N. Ostling [AP], 9.23.05; Exerpts (Tacoma News-Tribune 9.23.05); Bible Literacy Project (publisher); A Review of the Right-Wing Competition (Mark A. Chancey, Christian Century 8.23.05)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Rev. Dr. Donald S. Harrington, 1911-2005

Quoted 09.22.05:

Dr. Harrington was an apostle of liberalism from the pulpit of the interfaith, interracial [Community Church] he helped build on East 35th Street in Manhattan. But it was through his commitment to the Liberal Party and his support for its candidates . . . that he was afforded a loftier platform. . . .

Dr. Harrington was widely regarded as a figurehead for Alex Rose, the hatters' union leader, who leveraged the tiny party for an ideological agenda as well as for patronage for faithful Liberals. Mr. Rose's title as one of several vice chairmen of the party belied the iron-fisted control he wielded through the velvet glove he bestowed on Dr. Harrington.

Sam Roberts, New York Times 9.20.05, reg req'd

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Upper-middle-class girls at Yale plan to marry rich, stay home with kids

Quoted 09.21.05:

Many women at the nation's most elite colleges say they have already decided that they will put aside their careers in favor of raising children. Though some of these students are not planning to have children and some hope to have a family and work full time, many others, like Ms. Liu, say they will happily play a traditional female role, with motherhood their main commitment.

Louise Story, New York Times 9.20.05, reg req'd. See also Stay-at-Home Motherhood as a Luxury Good (Nathan Newman, TPMCafe 9.20.05); Bogus Trend Story (Jack Shafer, New York Times 9.20.05); Some Data on Families in the Workforce (Kieran Healy, Crooked Timber 9.22.05); An Economic Explanation (Matthew Yglesias, TPMCafe 9.22.05)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Who says the LDS Church has political muscle in Utah?

Quoted 09.20.05:

[Utah] Gov. Jon Huntsman pulled a proposal for a flat 4.6-percent income tax after the Mormon church said it was wrong to abolish the tax deduction for charitable contributions.

AP, Provo Daily Herald 9.17.05

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Karl Rove, reconstruction expert

Quoted 09.18.05:

But even now the administration's priority of image over substance is embedded like a cancer in the Katrina relief process. Brazenly enough, Mr. Rove has been officially put in charge of the reconstruction effort. The two top deputies at FEMA remaining after Michael Brown's departure, one of them a former local TV newsman, are not disaster relief specialists but experts in P.R., which they'd practiced as advance men for various Bush campaigns.

Frank Rich, New York Times 9.18.05, reg req'd

Joan Vennochi to NARAL, Planned Parenthood: Change or die

Quoted 09.18.05:

[T]he biggest political reality is how much the abortion conversation is changing on the pro-choice side -- and how little prochoice groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood seem to understand the change and the challenge.

Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe 9.18.05, reg req'd

Friday, September 16, 2005

Romney waffles on mosque-bugging idea.

Quoted 09.16.05:

Scott Helman and Charles A. Radin, Boston Globe 9.16.05, reg req'd; see "Wiretap Mosques, Romney Suggests," Scott Helman, Boston Globe 9.15.05, reg req'd

Arlington St Church doesn't object to subway elevator

Quoted 09.16.05:

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to install the elevator adjacent to the church's parish house on the north side of Boylston, about 120 feet from Arlington Street. . . .

Arlington is one of the last major subway stations lacking an elevator, which originally was supposed to have been installed by 1998 after Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990.

Lucas Wall, Boston Globe 9.16.05, reg req'd

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Seriously, though, let's talk about 'Intelligent Design'

Quoted 09.15.05:

Apropos of nothing, can you tell me which is most useful to the average workaday scientist in his or her research, evolution, Intelligent Design, or black coffee?

Smijer (interview PZ Myer), smijer & buck 9.13.05

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Candlelight vigils Tuesday evening, 9.13.05, for marriage equality in Massachusetts

Quoted 09.13.05:

[Candlelight vigils for marriage equality will be held Tuesday evening at the State House in Boston, at Northampton City Hall, at Worcester City Hall, and at Unitarian Universalist churches in Brockton, Hingham ("Old Ship"), New Bedford, Provincetown, and Salem (First Universalist). Check the link for the time near you. The Constitutional Convention will convene at the State House on Wednesday to consider an amendment banning gay marriage.]

Monday, September 12, 2005

Reassessing Mormonism's growth rate

Quoted 09.12.05:

The claim that Mormonism is the fastest-growing faith in the world has been repeated so routinely by sociologists, anthropologists, journalists and proud Latter-day Saints as to be perceived as unassailable fact.

The trouble is, it isn't true.

Peggy Fletcher-Stack, Salt Lake Tribune 7.26.05

Friday, September 2, 2005

Biblical 'literacy,' coming to a school district near you

Quoted 09.02.05:

Over 1,000 schools in 308 school districts in 36 states from Alaska to Florida currently utilize [The Bible in History and Literature, the textbook published by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools] . . .

Courts have ruled clearly that teaching the Bible in a nonsectarian manner is legal and appropriate in public schools, and the NCBCPS insists that its course is indeed nonsectarian. . . .

Nevertheless, the curriculum does present a distinct theological perspective. Discussions of science are based on nonscientific literature, Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of "Old Testament" prophecy, and archaeological findings are cited as evidence of Bible's complete historical accuracy. Almost an entire unit of the curriculum is devoted to depicting the U.S. as a historically Christian nation, with the strong implication that it should reclaim that purported heritage.

Mark A. Chancey, Christian Century 8.23.05