Our Favorite Pope® Francis says no. At a rally for young people in Turin, Italy, the Pope said:
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?”
The Pope also mentioned people who invest in weapons. About those folks, he said, “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
And thanks, DickG., for the link.
Rick Warren’s weight lost book, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.”
It comes with a special Daniel t-shirt. No lie. Here’s a bit more about the Biblical character, Daniel.
And thanks, Leftover, for the link.
Recently, Ana Marie Cox, fonding editor of Wonkette, wrote an essay that announced she’s a Christian (she framed it as “coming out”). It created quite a stir (here, here, and here.
Why the big deal? I honestly don’t know.
…and you’re not a believer, here are some appropriate responses from Peter Mosley at Patheos.
This comes from an earlier conversation I had with Dan Blinn, lawyer, humanist, and a hell of a good guy. My reaction to someone who says “I’ll pray for you” is to respond “And I shall pray for you,” and then I make a big show of getting their name so that I can pray for them personally. This is a completely non-Christian up-yours response that I should probably work on but don’t.
Dan’s suggestions — via this article — are better.
Despite the lingering discussions about Pres. Obama’s religion, let’s all reflect back at former Sec. of State Colin Powell’s answer.
Bro. Scott Walker? Buy a vowel, my friend.
And baby makes 20.
By all indications, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — father and mother of the tribe — are not just a popular unscripted television show. They’re part of the conservative Christian Quiverfull movement. You can read more about it here. It is mostly an American movement.