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Wall-E top spiritual movie


Named Beliefnet judges’ Best Spiritual Film of the Year is a movie in which the “word God was not present, but the reality was in Wall-E.”

On debut, Wall-E drove the right wing apoplectic because of its embodiment the “Care for the earth” ethic praised by judge Sr. Rose Pacatte as “a spiritual and moral imperative.” She goes on to say:

If humanity is to survive, it behooves us to discover the freshness of our souls. Spirituality is living our beliefs in relationship with God and others. The word God was not present, but the reality was in Wall-E.

That’s conservatism too, albeit not the secular political kind. Remember, Crunchy Con celebrated his parent/children screening of Wall-E by saying that the film “embodies a traditionalist conservative critique of modernity, one that advocates a more or less Aristotelian view of humanity and politics.”

We agree, and feel Beliefnet spoke well for those of us who regard hyper-materialism as evil.


Oscar for best animated film goes to Wall-E.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Cultural | | Comments Off on Wall-E top spiritual movie

Civil unions + religious-conscience protection = acceptable?

A New York Times op-ed today offers an “innovative compromise” on same-sex marriage. In a single bill:

Congress would bestow the status of federal civil unions on same-sex marriages and civil unions granted at the state level, thereby conferring upon them most or all of the federal benefits and rights of marriage. But there would be a condition: Washington would recognize only those unions licensed in states with robust religious-conscience exceptions, which provide that religious organizations need not recognize same-sex unions against their will. The federal government would also enact religious-conscience protections of its own.

Convincing argument is given that the compromise the authors propose can be implemented and would, properly explained, be widely acceptable.

The damage being done our civil society by uncompromising conflict, as in California over Proposition 8, makes for them the case for compromise itself.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Law, Religion | 1 Comment


Obama tops Jesus in new poll. Reagan 4th, God 11th, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Cultural | | Comments Off on Uh-oh

An ‘ill-informed’ blogger’s retort


Who are the unnamed, unnumbered “ill-informed bloggers” referred to amid the Mark Driscoll kerfuffle?

Peter Lumpkins identifies himself as “presumably” one. Then takes down by name and hyperlink several Southern Baptist bloggers who “have stepped into the batter’s box” for Driscoll. And who have done so while arguing that they are not quite on Driscoll’s team. Because they are “by no means endorsing all he does or believes.” Thus it follows:

. . . had those of us who chose to disagree had left the content of the diagreeables innocous, as do the defenders, we’d all just be one, big happy family!

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Religion, Satire | , , , | Comments Off on An ‘ill-informed’ blogger’s retort

Catholic judges and the requirements of the church

In what may have been a radical break, the pope instructed judges as well as legislators when he spoke to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, warns Douglas Kmiec, chair and professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University.

Writing in Time magazine, he said:

As written, the Pope’s statement has the potential, at least theoretically, to empty the U.S. Supreme Court of all five of its Catholic jurists and perhaps all other Catholics who sit on the bench in the lower federal and state courts.

It is of course possible someone in the Vatican was careless in preparing the statement. If so, its sweeping inclusivity may have been unintentional.

But the statement about the pope’s meeting with Pelosi nonetheless said:

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Note the word “jurists,” and bear in mind how in that context it can be seen as a moral instruction that judges must use their offices to undo the law’s protection for abortion.

Then you can see the core of Kmiec’s disturbing scholarly analysis. The pope’s plain words may be seen as having put the requirements of faith in conflict with those of the oath taken by federal judges to uphold U.S. law.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Catholic, Law, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion | 2 Comments

Some things still turn out right

With Westboro B*ptist Church’s leadership banned from the United Kingdom, their much-touted protest of Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke’s staging of The Laramie Project, fell flat today. One person showed up, and lacking support for their views, left.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Religion, The Arts | Comments Off on Some things still turn out right