Perspectives on Rick Warren and Barack Obama

December 23, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Faith, Headlines, Politics

Rick Warren is losing respect from Evangelicals and Barack Obama is losing respect from the Left.

Recent headlines from Real Clear Politics:

Will the Warren Risk Be Worth It? – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
The Saddling of Rick Warren – Debra Saunders, SF Chronicle
Warren is Obama’s Booker T. Washington – DeWayne Wickham, USA Today


Are we obsessed about “God Bless America”?

December 16, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Faith

Why are Americans obsessed with the words “God bless America”? A new Canadian documentary looks at the American fascination with invoking God’s blessing.

The six-part documentary by award-winning Canadian journalist Ralph Benmergui probes why and when faith became such an important part in the life of that country.

It probes: When did it become obligatory for presidents to end every speech with the words “God bless America”? Why do so many Americans believe that their country enjoys the lord’s special favour?

“God Bless America”, to be aired on Canada’s VisionTV, premieres Jan 19 – just a day before the new US president Barack Obama takes oath of office.

From: Economic Times.


Why We Bristle at Talk of Multiculturalism

December 8, 2008 by Alexandra Windsor  
Filed under Culture, Notable News

Words associated with Christianity, monarchy, and British history dropped from leading children’s dictionary:

Oxford University Press has removed words like “aisle”, “bishop”, “chapel”, “empire” and “monarch” from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like “blog”, “broadband” and “celebrity”. Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

And what better way to show you’re a multifaith society than by ignoring one of those faiths?


Death of a Statesman – John Dingell

December 1, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics

When Democrat Henry Waxman of California launched his bid to oust fellow Democrat John Dingell from his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Hill watchers in the know made two observations: First, they knew Waxman had the votes in his caucus because, like a good attorney, the politically astute Californian would never pose the question if he didn’t already know the answer.  Second, it signaled the beginning of the end of seniority in the House of Representatives.

John Dingell, born in 1926 and first elected to the House in 1955, is the closest thing to a statesman in a body whose membership runs for re-election every two years.  His 27 terms as a representative have earned him the distinction of being the Dean of the House – its most senior member.  Seniority means everything in the House – at least it did until Henry Waxman (a 17 termer himself) upset the applecart.  Seniority determines a member’s office, his seat at the committee, and is, in general, an indication of clout.

Unfortunately for Chairman Dingell, he is a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Detroit Democrat in Nancy Pelosi’s House.  This sort of dissent, it appears, will no longer be tolerated in the 111th Congress.  House Republicans view Chairman Dingell as someone they can work with.  Under his control, the Energy and Commerce Committee – which oversees 60% of all legislation – passed Republican bills and accepted Republican changes to Democratic iniatives.  Contrast this record of bi-partisanship with Chairman Waxman’s two years of impish delight in raking Bush Administration wrongdoers over the proverbial coals in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Waxman, who represents Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Malibu, is expected to wield the Energy and Commerce Committee’s gavel as a club, bashing any opposition to liberal agendas perpetrated by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  Dingell’s ouster is a disappointment to many Americans who hoped the Democrats would govern from the center.  In fact, one high-ranking Republican called Dingell’s defeat a “body blow” to working families.