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Social grace, in Washington

In a comical episode of military brass interacting with official Washington, four-star General Peter Chiarelli,  the #2 general in the U.S. Army, showed decency and good humor when White House official Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter (because of … Continue reading

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Culture changing events of 2010 and what they portend for the New Year

We can’t predict the events that will change the world, grip our nation, or wrestle us and our families to the ground. As we begin 2011, the shootings in Arizona have shaken the nation’s core. No one could predict such … Continue reading

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The need to elevate political rhetoric and to better inform our grief

I find in my grieving over the senseless loss of human life and vitality at the hands of the Arizona madman a sad recognition that it will be used endlessly for political purposes. It is inevitable and has already been … Continue reading

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Who do you trust? The steep decline in public confidence

I saw an article yesterday about the decline in confidence in the church and organized religion, which Gallup polled at 48 percent in 2010, down 4 percent from last year. That’s disappointing, but it places the church high on the … Continue reading

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More Liberal Intolerance: Juan Williams fired by NPR for violating new PC on Muslims

NPR couldn’t get up and walk off the set, so they just fired Juan Williams (from his NPR duties) for saying on Fox that he sometimes got nervous when people in Muslim dress boarded the plane he was on.  The political correctness … Continue reading

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How can politics be more Christian?

As Christians, should we abandon the political parties that have moved to the left and right and establish a radical center? Calvin College professor Steve Monsma argues that we should, in a post at the fine new blog at Q … Continue reading

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Name Calling is Such a Pathetic Form of Public Discource

Earning the Public Incivility Award this week is New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who wrote yesterday–in an article titled “GOP Stalinists Invade Upstate New York” (so he’s shares the award with the copy editor wrote the headline): “The right … Continue reading

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An Example of Simple Civility

We all need more examples of public civility, so I think I’ll start collecting them. Here’s one in the category of simple civility; an exchange between a shopper and storekeeper in southern Calif.: I went to a Middle Eastern deli … Continue reading

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Public Incivility Award Goes to Richard Land

Today’s Public Incivility Award goes to Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who compared a White House official’s health care proposals with the practices of evil Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Land apologized under … Continue reading

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Bill Maher is an Idiot

Bill Maher is an idiot. There, that feels good. I wanted to see what it felt like to say exactly what’s on my mind, with no sense of social grace. Now, on to the story. Maher, the former host of … Continue reading

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