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So guess what, Occupy Wall Streeters!  Your lucky day!  Jim Wallis has invited you in from the cold!  I totally can’t tell if Wallis is making a funny parody of all the inaccurate media coverage of the movement or if he actually thinks the people on the streets are pathetic orphans.

So let’s invite them to our Thanksgiving dinners all across the country, and have “table fellowship,” because that’s what church people do!

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Gingrich is in. How he’ll appeal to the social conservatives is anyone’s guess.  || As Speaker Boehner plans his commencement speech for Catholic University of America, dozens of prominent Catholics have written him a letter that calls his policies “anti-life.”  || Becky Garrison has pointed us to John Shore’s analysis of the Sojourner’s gay ad kerfuffle, “Mr. Wallis and His Big Gay Waffle.” || Today The Presbyterian Church (USA) joined the Episcopal Church (US), the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in permitting the ordination of gay ministers.  At least one Baptist thinks they’re all crazy.  ||  Speaking of Baptists…”But when it comes to disaster relief, the link between church and state has never been stronger than during the most recent storms in the South, say federal officials and the leaders of faith-based disaster relief work.” Continue Reading →

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“I believe the Founding Fathers were moved around like men on a chessboard put in place at that time so the world could have America.”

Nathan Schneider grills Judith Butler, at The Immanent Frame.
A new regulation outlawing the veil in France gets the entire “religious tolerance” thing wrong.
Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches brings us up to date on developments surrounding Jim Wallis’ (Sojourners) call to prayer and fast against proposed Republican budget cuts.
The American Cancer Society is under attack again from a number of religious organizations; a boycott of Relay for Life has been called by those who depict stem cell research as, um, Dachau-like.
Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones writes about Family Research Council’s funding of anti-union ads in Wisconsin, one of which asks voters to do the impossible:  keep politics out of the Supreme Court.  Of course, political prospects for Republicans are much better in 2012 if fiscal and social conservatives can be pals again.  (Throw in the neocons and the GOP’s smokin’!) Here’s a clip:
Of course, exegetical disputes with liberal Christians aren’t the only reasons why FRC opposes labor unions. Not only do unions’ economic principles put them at odds with evangelicals, so do their social values. A recent press release from Dobson’s Focus On The Family, which was once conjoined with the FRC, complains that most political donations from labor unions go to Democrats and liberal social causes. “Over the past several election cycles, unions and their members contributed millions to fight against core American values—especially on issues of life, religious freedom and marriage.”