Thursday, March 25, 2010

From LRC
  • Obama’s socialist chaplain. As a secular (not secularist) liberal (classical) I don’t care if O. goes to church. Here is the Social Gospel, in one sentence: “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.” Liberals operate in terms of OPM: other people’s money. They also operate in terms of OPA: other people’s audiences. They have trouble surviving on their own. Theological liberals did not build independent churches with their own money, 1885-1960. Instead, they infiltrated the theological seminaries that trained the pastors. Then, decade by decade, the graduates took over the pulpits. Wallis’ outfit, Sojourners, is a typical example of this strategy: persuade conservative evangelical churches to adopt the Social Gospel. It isn’t working. His total audience is about the size of two big-city First Baptist congregations. Liberal mainline denominations have been shrinking since 1960. Liberal talk radio is an example of a liberal venture that is self-funded. Air America went bankrupt in January. It’s wonderful that Wallis seems anti-war but he trusts the state that starts the wars.
  • You didn’t ‘mean’ to? Foreign-policy murder is still just that.
  • Jude Law lets the cat out of the bag. In Great Britain’s health-care system, waits are long and doctors are overworked and underpaid. Oh yeah, rich actors can opt out.
  • Ron Paul: Stupak deal unconstitutional.

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