A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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?


At 10:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a butthead. Grab on to anything anti-Christ, call it Christian/Liberal, and there ya' go.

At 8:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed your comment on the "loyalty oath" Catholic lay leaders are asked to sign in Portland. If you are Catholic, you are called to live your faith daily. An oath, therefore, seems somewhat silly to me but it should not offend any catholic seeking to be actively involved in his or her parish. Catholicism is not a bunch of loose cannons preaching their own interpretations of whatever bibles they happen to pick up at the point of their conversions. Catholics have one common faith.

I noticed you're supporting Kerry for president. How do you feel about abortion?

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