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Reunion Tours

I know I’m supposed to be on a hiatus, but I couldn’t pass this one up.

Rod Dreher asks a great question:

Which aging rock stars would you most like to hear perform one of their great albums, and which album? That’s easy for me: I’d give my next paycheck to hear the Rolling Stones perform “Exile on Main Street.”

Post your answers in the comments. You can put as many as you want and even duplicate somebody else’s answer, but try to think outside of the box. Also, your picks don’t have to be old. Stick to folks who are still alive. Feel free to elaborate on your answers and tell us why you’d like it as well as what you’d like. Mine are below the fold.

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Other things

I will be the first to admit that my posting in 2009 has been sporadic at best, and it’s about to get non-existent for a while, due to other more important things.  Frankly, with what I know about how busy some of the bloggers that I read are, I don’t know how they find time to consistently produce quality work.

No matter though. There are books and articles to be read, assignment due dates are approaching, internship projects are underway, I am aggressively hunting a job, and blogging (and reading and commenting on others’ blogs) is something that I simply don’t have time for.

This is a good thing, as it all leads towards May 15th when I will walk across the stage in Richmond cackling maniacally in my silly cap and gown and bring this stage of my life to an end. When things slow down and I can give this little hobby the attention that I wish to, i’ll start up again.  Until then, keep on bloggin’ in the free world.

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Fun With Pictures

A couple of the bloggers that I read will sometimes post pictures and have captioning contests for them. When I saw the pictures below I figured why let a lack of originality stop me?  So come one, come all, and submit your caption for either or both of these memorable pictures.

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Only [near] Amsterdam

You know everyone in the AP newsroom was cackling over this:

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Heh.

No comment necessary:

God’s  “25 Random Things”

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barbie-church

[HT: Jay Guin]

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The Stupidest Thing I’ve Heard This Week

Regular readers of this blog know that I frequently take issue with Christians here in the States and other western nations for whining about perceived persecution every time that we are misrepresented, ridiculed, challenged, or have our sensibilities offended. I make no apologies for this. Jesus said that this (and far worse) would happen to those who chose to follow him and I don’t know why any group of believers would think that they should be exempt.

But it would be inconsistent of me to not call a spade a spade. So I am going to call the actions of a British foster care board (as detailed in the story below) for what they are: favoritism at best, persecution at worst.

A foster mother has been struck off the register for allowing a Muslim girl in her care to convert to Christianity.

The woman, who has looked after more than 80 children in the past ten years, is considering suing the council over the decision.

Although she is a practising Anglican, she said she had put no pressure on the girl who was baptised last year at the age of 16.

She said social workers had also raised no objections to her own attendance at church.

But officials insist she failed in her duty to preserve the girl’s religion and should have tried to stop the baptism.

Last April, they ruled that the girl, now 17, should stay away from church for six months….

 

…The carer is a single mother of two in her 50s who has worked with young children for much of her life. She has had an unblemished record since becoming a foster parent in the North of England in 1999.

Of the Christian convert, she said: ‘I did initially try to discourage her. I offered her alternatives.

‘I offered to find places for her to practise her own religion. I offered to take her to friends and family.

‘But she said to me from the word go, ‘I am interested and I want to come.’ She sort of burst in.’

I have no problem with prohibiting a person in a secular job that requires providing care for others from using their status to evangelize. When you are taking care of someone else, child or adult, there is a power differential that is far too easy to exploit. I have serious doubts whether a conversion that takes place under the influence of a person with power over the convert can be authentic.

But this foster mother never leaned on this kid, and made every effort to do the opposite. Furthermore, the child in care was 16; children younger than this have made decisions about their faith before.

Apparently, the foster mother’s crime was failing to impinge on the child’s rights. I can’t help but wonder if a similar fuss would have been made over a Christian child converting to atheism or Islam.

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