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Passover: ‘Remember this day …’

"The Jews' Passover"—facsimile of a miniature from a 15th century missal, ornamented with paintings of the School of Van Eyck

The Jews at Passover: A facsimile of a miniature from a 15th century missal, ornamented with paintings of the School of Van Eyck

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April 8, 2009 Posted by | Israel, Religion | | Comments Off on Passover: ‘Remember this day …’

The Wyoming Catholic Register was the next to close

The monthly Wyoming Catholic Register, published since 1952, is following the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Witness into oblivion.

It’s a matter of economics. Again. The Register was distributed for free to members of churches in the diocese and had a budget of $233,385 last year. Income from investments fell and other sources of financing were exhausted, according to diocesan officials.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Religion | , , , , | 1 Comment

[Updated] Where have all the young gamblers gone?

The nation’s “education lotteries” may have succeeded too well for the gaming industry, Tony Cartledge suggests:

I’m intrigued by the finding that the 18-24 year age group gambles least of all, and wondered why. Maybe they still remember enough math to understand why playing the lottery is like investing with Bernie Madoff. Maybe it’s because they have less disposable income, or dispose more of it on things that lead to more immediate gratification. Maybe it’s because they know they can fall back on their parents, and don’t yet feel the desperation that fuels gambling by some older adults and makes the lottery such a predator on the poor.

Read the rest here.

Addundum

For the full gaming industry study referred to, visit Frost&Sullivan and from the link at the bottom of that page, download the full .pdf.

You will find that study’s age-group data is taken from a second study, which is apparently only summarized online.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Law, Religion | , | 2 Comments

Warren contradicting Warren (again)

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren returned to television Monday with a blistering round of self-contradictions which moved
Levellers to call him out for fabrication. Pam Spaulding had additional strong objections. Even Dan Gilgoff wondered if Warren had, well, “changed his tune.”

During his first television interview since his inauguration invocation, Warren told Larry King:

. . . I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be.

During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never — never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going.

The week before the — the vote, somebody in my church said, Pastor Rick, what — what do you think about this?

And I sent a note to my own members that said, I actually believe that marriage is — really should be defined, that that definition should be — say between a man and a woman.

And then all of a sudden out of it, they made me, you know, something that I really wasn’t. And I actually — there were a number of things that were put out. I wrote to all my gay friends — the leaders that I knew — and actually apologized to them. That never got out.

There is, however, video footage of Warren issuing “a statement” and “endoresement” of Proposition 8. View below:

Warren also revisited himself again regarding his characterizations of same-sex marriage. He told King:

There were some things said that — you know, everybody should have 10 percent grace when they say public statements. And I was asked a question that made it sound like I equated gay marriage with pedophilia or incest, which I absolutely do not believe. And I actually announced that.

Again, there’s video of Warren contradicting Warren:

We look forward to Warren’s eventual reconciliation with himself.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Religion | , , , | Comments Off on Warren contradicting Warren (again)