An even darker level of moral depravity

Digby writes:

I have written quite a bit about the Cameron Todd Willingham horror, mostly because the idea of executing an innocent man is so horrifying. I’m hardcore anti-death penalty in any case, but this one is particularly awful because there’s a ton of evidence that the state knew he was innocent and executed him anyway. It’s an even darker level of moral depravity than most. And it’s entirely possible that the buck stops with a man who could be the next president of the United States.

Church growth thought of the day: maybe evangelicals should scrap the colorful bulletins and billboards, and the coffeehouses inside the church buildings, and focus on loving as Jesus loved. If we promote a presidential candidate so far from Christian orthodoxy that he defines “pro-life” as “using state power to murder innocent people,” we shouldn’t be surprised to watch people walking past our doors.

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Outward Appearances

Former Conservative dredged up this little gem, who would like you to know that outward appearances matter:

You may have seen her at Walmart ! She is the one with her cart filled with frozen pizzas, TV dinners, cans of spaghettios, Twinkies and ding dongs.Bottles and bottles of soda and packs of cool aid for the kids. She has dressed herself with a sloppy, over sized t shirt adorned with a picture of a cute bunny rabbit on it ( did I tell you she was past her 50’s?)plaid pj’s bottoms and canary yellow, tweety pie bedroom slippers, topped with a Yankee’s baseball cap and she wasn’t ashamed to go out like that?!
Wouldn’t you think she would qualify as a silly woman?

Did she think that no one would see her? If she had the choice of a plain t shirt or one with a baby bunny on it, why did she choose the juvenile one if she had any dignity in there at all, or common sense?
There is a time when we must grow up and put away childish things. We should at least look somewhat intelligent or we will lose our ability to influence anyone at all, towards seeking God, if they haven’t already found Him.

FC gives the post a good fisking. I’ll note, though, that Gerie’s inability to even space properly between sentences looks atrocious. Before reading her insightful post, I would have just assumed that she was lazy. Now, though, having been alerted to the fundamental importance of outward appearances in Christianity, I have to call her out for inhibiting the spread of the Gospel. After all, it looks pretty silly!

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On Symbolism, for real

I read this today and thought, “wow, how awesome that would be!” And, here it is! In law, if not yet in practice for another 30 days.

Is it sad that while my first reaction was happiness for the committed couples who will now be recognized by New York State, my second thought was of Cuomo’s chances in the 2016 presidential election?

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Happy Things

Thursday: new book, ice cream.
Yesterday: fireflies.
Today: sunshine, peonies.

Nothing to complain about here.

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Saturday Linkdump

The top of my browser window is all tabs of things I intended to write about.  Clearly, I’m not going to get to it, so I’m just going to list them all here.  Hopefully, this will mean that I can move on to other pressing matters, like playing my melodica.

How sexism resembles racism, and how it doesn’t. I like that the post is lengthy and careful.

Actually, that’s not in the Bible. All the cool people wrote about this, so I thought I should too.  Hey look, when people say “Bible,” what they mean is “a object that symbolizes my beliefs!”  Whoda thunk it.  Turns out I don’t have a whole lot more to say about that.

Guarding Your Marriage without Dissing Women. In Saudi Arabia, women can’t be in public without a close male relative. Saudi Arabia should sue the dips in this article for attempted copyright infringement.

Interlude: read my friend’s blog! It’s about books and pooping.

A Post For All Who Call Themselves Prolife. Amen. This whole “prolife only refers to the lives that Jesus never mentioned because BIBLE” irritates the crap out of me.

Mitt’s Business. Colbert. The Word. This time it’s actually three words, so three times the awesome.

Palintrove: Let the Breathless Revelations About Nothing Commence! Where are Romney’s emails from his time as governor? Laying around in unlabeled boxes, perhaps in a warehouse. Why no public uproar over it? Because he’s a boy, so it’s not so much fun to write articles about his obsession with his image.

How Not To Argue. If people are always calling you a jerk, try reading this! It might help.

There. Starting over now.

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The Saturday Evening Blog Post

Head over here to read a much better selection of writing than mine.  It’s good stuff!

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Thought This Was Pretty

I’ve had this open in a tab on my computer for days.  It makes me want to print it out, poke a hole in the middle, and spin it like a pinwheel.

Also appreciated: the Biblical use of the word ‘awe.’  H/t: Swissmiss.

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