File this under “about goddamn time”: VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission has scored a victory within the Vatican: Members have been invited to address Vatican congregations and a training course for new bishops, suggesting that the Holy See now considers child protection programs to be an important responsibility for church leaders.… Read More Holy Mother Church, Repository of Christian Moral Teaching, Incorporates Child Abuse into Orientation-Day Ethics Training Materials
The following email message was sent to an address I gave when I downloaded a Bible-reading app: […]right now there’s an unprecedented opportunity to see precious lives transformed in Africa! These are children whose lives have been devastated by poverty and violence. They’re hurting, many are orphaned, and they need to know that someone loves… Read More Pretending You’re Doing Good
You may remember that during the run-in to the 2016 Republican convention, the #NeverTrump people were trying desperately to come up with some way, short of dynamite, to put out the dumpster fire that the conservative movement has been feeding lo these past three decades, and is now threatening to consume the GOP. At the… Read More Will There Be Faithless Electors in 2016?
Via Slashdot comes an IEEE Spectrum article about a new scam from Nigeria. In brief, instead of asking you for money directly, they redirect your business email. They wait until someone orders something from your company, then rewrites the bank routing numbers and such so that the client sends money to the scammers’ account instead… Read More Nigerian Scammers Are Good People
I’ve run into the cosmological argument several times lately, probably due to the people I’ve been engaging with on Twitter. Roughly speaking, it goes something like this: Pretty much everything we see around us was caused by something else. If you follow the causal chain backward, you’ll eventually wind up with something that doesn’t itself… Read More An Ultimate Cause
Erick Erickson has an article with the sensational headline, “State of Iowa Says Churches Must Let Men Use the Women’s Bathroom” (retweeted by the lachrymose Glenn Beck). ZOMG! The big bad government is sending legions of men in dresses to diddle your children in your very churches! And they’re not Catholic priests, even! Be afraid!… Read More Is Peeing A Sacrament?
A story from the Associated Press tells of a clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Sacramento (emphasis added): SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A white nationalist group’s rally outside the California state Capitol building turned violent as fighting broke out with a larger group of counter protesters, leaving 10 people injured with stab wounds, cuts… Read More “Guns Don’t Kill People”