Some interesting news items...
Seminarians at various NY schools such as Union and Jewish Theological are organizing to witness to a different vision of our nation and world then what's likely to be presented at the GOP convention at the end of this month. I would love to see the media pick up on this, though they have done a poor job so far of covering the protests at the conventions.
Does religion make one work harder? This article in the UK's Telegraph seems to suggest so when they compare the work rates and religious committments of the US to the rest of Europe. But I don't think this is something to rejoice about.
The word "family" will be bandied about quite a bit this election but the fact that more Americans are working longer and spending less time with their family ought to be a troubling trend, especially if it's being aided by a religious tradition which gave us the sabbath.
Loyalty oaths for catholic lay leaders, given the direction of the church, who can count this as a surprise? If you're in the diocese which includes Portland Oregon, to be a lay leader you must sign a statement which expresses full agreement with the church on homosexuality, birth control, etc. It's like they are looking for new and inventive ways to put the screws on more progressive members of the church.
Christianity Today asks the question: Even if they were imperfect choices, do religious Republicans really want such religious Democrats silenced? Yes, they do. Why would the GOP want to give up the monopoly on God-talk in the political arena? Why voluntary cede this advantage they have?