Surprise- prayer doesn’t heal little girl Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

WESTON, Wis. — An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.

Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

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This is the ugly side to religion, for sure.

Gravel joins libertarian party…wha?? Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

Ok, not exactly. But he wants to:

Fed up with being excluded from the debates and otherwise marginalized, former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska announced today that he will seek the Libertarian Party nomination for president.

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I don’t understand this at all. I mean, you do have to be a libertarian to be in the party, right?

I can’t wait for this! Tuesday, Mar 25 2008 

On April 16, Cato will be hosting a policy forum putting Mr. Stern, Cato’s Andrew Coulson, Gary Huggins of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind, and University of Texas at San Antonio economics professor John Merrifield on the same stage to debate the big question: Is school choice enough to fix American education, or are government standards the key?

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Fight the good fight, Cato.

Welcome these two to our faith Wednesday, Mar 12 2008 

Libertarianism, that is:

David Mamet

Tom Stoppard

Yay.

Eliot Spitzer linked to prostitution ring Monday, Mar 10 2008 

The Governor of New York, ironically, has busted a few prostitution circles in his day. Color me surprised; I never would have guessed that a politician could be a hypocrite.

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I’ll keep this updated as I hear more.

Update: He is expected to resign, and could get 10 years in prison.

Update: Spitzer was caught by feds on a wiretap (the organization is trans-state) and was spending about 4k plus per “visit” (thats an hour with her!), plus cost of transportation. No evidence as of yet that he was using federal monies.

More on the religious right Monday, Mar 10 2008 

Some of you may remember a short and inadequate review of Crazy for God. Now read what Frank has been up to lately:

Frank Schaeffer spent several years making a good living writing books promoting the Religious Right’s worldview and speaking before rapturous crowds of fundamentalist Christians.

Schaeffer, the son of evangelical guru Francis Schaeffer, was the closest thing to a rock star that politically conservative fundamentalism can offer. As the Religious Right soared in the 1980s, Schaeffer was there to ride the wave. Young, bright and charismatic, he could have founded his own Religious Right group or perhaps even launched a political career.

Twenty years have passed. What does Schaeffer think of the Religious Right today? He wouldn’t touch it with the proverbial 10-foot pole — and the feeling is mutual. A spiritual and professional crisis brought Schaeffer to the understanding that the Religious Right has it all wrong.

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What strikes me is his ability to hand g on to what he believes is a genuine faith, while rejecting the entire edifice his father had helped build around it. This quote itself is worth the price of admission:

“What I slowly realized was that the religious-right leaders we were helping to gain power were not ‘conservatives’ at all, in the old sense of the word. They were anti-American religious revolutionaries.”

Amen brother.

This is messed up Saturday, Mar 8 2008 

Weird.

A PARISH priest who lied to his flock about having cancer used money they gave him to help pay for a trip to Lourdes for a “miracle cure”.

When Father Richard Abourjaily’s lies about having prostate cancer were uncovered he was condemned as “delusional” by the head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, and suspended from his duties at All Hallows Parish Church at Five Dock in Sydney’s inner west.

Parishioners have been left bewildered and hurt by the actions of the 29-year-old priest they welcomed into their hearts and homes when he was ordained last year.

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Alright, I don’t know how to comment on this, so I won’t.

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