Posts tagged “Ricochet

A new kind of paganism

Posted on February 25th, 2012

More from Chaput: Catholics need to wake up from the illusion that the America we now live in – not the America of our nostalgia or imagination or best ideals, but the real America we live in here and now – is somehow friendly to our faith.  What we’re watching emerge in this country is a new kind of paganism, an atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV.  And it is neither tolerant nor morally neutral. As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.”  But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes…

Grandfathering the First Amendment

Posted on February 16th, 2012

Note: This post was originally published on Ricochet’s member feed. (If you are interested in a free trial of Ricochet, let me know in the comments.) The House Government Reform and Oversight committee held a hearing today on the threat posed to the First Amendment by the latest regulations of Obamacare. Since the president of my church body, Rev’d Matthew Harrison, was testifying, I was particularly eager to attend the hearing. (Mollie Hemingway has written about the proceedings on Ricochet here.) During questioning, Harrison summarized this entire issue in one brilliant line. He first noted that the narrow provisions of Obamacare prevent his church from modifying its existing health insurance plan (which covers pastors, teachers, and other church employees), or face losing the “grandfathered” exemption. Under the…

Sex and Choice

Posted on November 19th, 2011

Mollie Hemingway has a post on Ricochet with a provocative question: “Why Do We Lie about Female Fertility?” Reading through the comments reminded me how thoroughly the language of choice permeates all discussion of conception. Sex is a given, but children are a choice. This is true even among many (probably most) practicing Lutherans. Most Lutherans are pro-choice. They would (rightly) recoil at choosing to abort an unborn baby. But they think nothing of choosing whether or not to allow sexual intercourse to be open to the conception of children. One aspect of God’s gift of sexual intimacy between husband and wife is pleasure (or, as the marriage liturgy has it, “[that they] may find delight in one another”). But the chief end, which is not…

Are Protestants disqualified from serving as President? (Bachmann Antichrist roundup)

Posted on July 16th, 2011

While it’s simply smear tactics against a Christian candidate for president, that would be the logical take-away from the latest attacks on Michele Bachmann, erstwhile Lutheran (WELS). Our own Mollie Hemingway has been all over the poorly-crafted hit pieces: Are you now or have you ever been a Lutheran? (GetReligion) Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been … a Lutheran? (Ricochet) Is Bachmann the media’s anti-Christ? (GetReligion)   Other interesting takes: Michele Bachmann’s No-Popery Campaign (Anthony Sacramone at First Things) The Left Once Again Races to Defend the Papacy! (Joe Escalante at Ricochet) Catholics shouldn’t fear Michele Bachmann (John Gerardi at The Daily Caller)   So what of the matter of the papacy as antichrist? There’s a helpful LCMS FAQ that delves into…