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An Evangelical Trojan Horse in the Democratic Party?
by Brian McLaren 11-12-2009

A recent Daily Kos post asks this question: Does the Evangelical movement belong in the Democratic Party?

Of course, many Evangelicals — probably most — can answer that question without a moment’s thought: absolutely not. The Republican Party is still the only party for them: abortion, gay marriage, and freedom of corporations from governmental accountability (which is what “small government” often means in practice) are their three litmus test issues, trumping all other issues to the level of annoying distractions — whether we’re talking about preserving the planet for future generations, working for justice for the poor, or pursuing peace through means other than military and economic domination.

But the Daily Kos question is being asked of Democrats, not Evangelicals: “Is a growing Christian base of leaders and voters good for the party?” As a registered Democrat from an Evangelical background, I think there’s an erroneous assumption in play in the Daily Kos post:

There is a growing movement since 2004 of evangelical leaders embracing the Democratic Party. Many feel that Bush used this base to get him elected, then turned on them. (altro…)

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Sullo stesso argomento e traduzione in italiano sul blog di Magister:

Anti-Catholicism – October 29, 2009

The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article. The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it.

FOUL BALL!
By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!

Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.

It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.” (altro…)

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“Why would I want to join a bunch of people who seem bummed out about the church?” one asked. “What’s the attraction in that?”

“Perchè dovrei unirmi a un gruppo di gente delusa e infastidita dalla Chiesa” mi chiede. “Chi me lo fa fare?”

The next generation of Catholic leaders
By John L Allen Jr
Created Oct 30, 2009

Despite the ennui of too much time in airports and hotel rooms, I usually try to accept whenever I’m invited to give a talk someplace. That’s partly because I get paid, but there’s also a less mercenary motive. Like a stand-up comic, I’ve learned that there’s simply no substitute for a live audience. It hard-wires me into what real people are thinking — what stirs their curiosity, what their hopes and fears are, what leaves them cold or makes their blood boil. (altro…)

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Church of England: Imperial Rome
“It is not an act of aggression,” the Archbishop of Canterbury insisted as the Vatican’s metaphorical tanks drew up outside Lambeth Palace on Tuesday. Not even his admirers quite believed him, and few saw Pope Benedict’s back-channel deal with Anglo-Catholics opposed to women bishops as “not a vote of no confidence”. It looked much more as if the Pope had launched a small craft to ferry the disaffected back across the Tiber, a move to asset-strip the Anglican communion of those bits the Vatican might find useful. It was an uncompromising recognition of the fissiparous state of Anglicanism and the failure of Rowan Williams’ long, hard struggle to hold it together. (altro…)

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Segnalazione trovata su American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic! dell’articolo apparso sulla prima pagina del NYT sul militante ucciso in Michigan e sui suoi compagni di lotta.

“I learned something that changed my life,” Mr. Gallagher said. “It wasn’t civil disobedience; it was biblical obedience.”

October 10, 2009

Abortion Foes Tell of Their Journey to the Streets

By DAMIEN CAVE

OWOSSO, Mich. — Action means many things to abortion opponents. Lobbyists and fund-raisers fight for the cause in marble hallways; volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers try to dissuade the pregnant on cozy sofas.

Then there are the protesters like James Pouillon, who was shot dead here last month while holding an anti-abortion sign outside a high school. A martyr to some, an irritant to others, Mr. Pouillon in death has become a blessing of sorts for the loosely acquainted activists who knew him as a friend: proof that abortion doctors are not the only ones under duress, proof that protests matter, and a spark for more action. (altro…)

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