Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Apple’s True Believers

July 18, 2013

Apple's True Believers

“As everyone knows, the world-religion of the educated and prosperous in the twenty-first century is Apple, with its Vatican in Cupertino and its cathedrals in the light-filled Apple Stores that draw pilgrims gripping iPhones and iPads like rosaries. Apple’s flock is secured against heresy by censors who rule the online App Store; only applications with Apple’s imprimatur are allowed on an iPhone. Programmers risk excommunication—with all their works condemned to being listed in an Index of Prohibited Software—if they violate canon law by bypassing Apple’s banking system or ignoring its infallible doctrine.”

— “Faith and Works at Apple,” Edward Mendelson, New York Review of Books blog

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Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite

May 29, 2013

Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite

Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher (R, TN-8) wants to cut $4 billion from the SNAP food subsidy program for the poor. He says God wants the poor to go hungry too, and backs that up by quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10:  “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”

This Tennessee congressman from the Gospel-singing family knows all about taking money you haven’t worked for. He’s one of the largest recipients of USDA farm subsidies in Tennessee history, grabbing $3.48 million in taxpayer cash from 1999 to 2012. The average SNAP recipient in Mr. Fincher’s home state gets $132.20 in food aid a month.

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A Pope From Argentina? Practically Italian.

March 14, 2013

Argentina? Practically Italian.

The Papal conclave has elected Pope Francis. He’s from Argentina, and since 217 of the previous 265 pontiffs have been Italian, this is a big deal, right?

Not as much as you might think. The new Holy Father, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the son of Italian immigrants. He is italo-argentino, like 60 percent of Argentina’s population.

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“Pope Francis feted in Italian ancestral village,” Antonella Ciancio, Reuters

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Pick a Pope!

March 4, 2013

Pick a Pope!

So Pope Benedict had a big retirement bash, waved goodbye from the helicopter door just like Dick Nixon, and flew off to the Castel Gandolfo Senior Sunset Community with his scrap book. The Pontiff Emeritus has traded the Papal Throne for an easy chair and his red shoes for golf shoes. Now it’s time to play Pick-A-Pope.

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So You Wanna Be Pope!

February 20, 2013

Five minutes of career guidance from C. G. P. Grey.

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Update Your Résumé: The Pope Resigns

February 11, 2013

Update Your Résumé: The Pope Resigns

Attention job seekers: There is a vacancy in Vatican City. Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will leave office on February XXVIII. While rare, Papal resignation is allowed under Article 1 Canon 332 §2 of the Code of Canon Law. Catholic scholars are unclear about the pension and health insurance benefits.

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God Wants You to Own an Assault Rifle

January 28, 2013

God Wants You to Own an Assault Rifle

Blessed are the Bushmasters, according to David French. His column on sacred smiting in National Review asserts that “gun control represents not merely a limitation on a constitutional right but a limitation on a God-given right of man that has existed throughout the history of civil society.”

— “Top Conservative Publication: God Wants You To Have An Assault Rifle,” Zack Beauchamp, Think Progress

Of course, some religious people think otherwise.

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Buddhaland

January 11, 2013

Buddhaland

In 623 BC Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in Lumbini, southern Nepal. A holy site, it has long been a place of pilgrimage, and Emperor Ashoka built a commemorative pillar there in 249 BC. In 2013 AD, an international consortium has plans to make Lumbini an amusement park, Buddhaland.

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The Pope is on Twitter.

December 14, 2012

The Pope is on Twitter.
Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter, tweeting encyclicals in 140 CXL letters. Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this is his very own personal account, and his handle is @Pontifex. Twitter Followers: 1,104,394, Following: 0.  That’s your Vatican table of organization right there.

But Twitter works in mysterious ways. The Pope invited questions to the hashtag #askpontifex, unleashing a flood of tweeted inquiries about faith, sex, scandal and lunch. More queries of the curia curious can be found here and here.

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“To Tweet the Infallible Tweet,” Steven Mazie, Big Think

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The Pope Tweets

November 10, 2012

The Pope Tweets

Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter. Well, he will be before the end of the year, anyway.

Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this will be his very own account.

We look forward to reading encyclicals written in 140 CXL letters.

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“Pope Benedict to guide followers with personal Twitter account,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

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