Real diversity is good.

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 15:51

In a guest column for the Seattle Post Intelligencer (not an oxymoron), ADF President Alan Sears writes,

Things are a little crowded on the third-floor hallway of the Capitol in Olympia. The simple manger scene approved by state officials last year -- under some duress, and in the face of a lawsuit -- is now countered, a few feet away, by a blunt expression of atheism.

More names that are difficult to pronounce

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 15:05

I remember a certain perplexity at being introduced to the name of Iran's Prime Minister, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As it happens, his opinions on the Holocaust put him much more beyond the pale than his name. (At the time, his antics inspired me to introduce a new blog posting category, "Bozocraft." See "Iran Jews express Holocaust shock.")

What if Christmas were not December 25th?

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 08:49

One of my CCD leaders thinks it might be a good idea to teach the kids that we don't actually know when Jesus was born, and that the Church chose December 25th for pastoral reasons. (Perhaps we wanted to sanctify the Roman winter solstice, a pagan holiday. See Christmas.) With the current movement to re-expropriate Christmas as a secular (or, actually, pagan) holiday, and the near universal decision of businesses to de-sanctify the date, apparently under the idea that calling December 25th Christmas is offensive to some people (like, for example, pagans), it strikes me that it is time for the Church to reconsider its prior pastoral decision.