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July 5, 2005

Picking Apart the WSJ on the Religious Left

As is frequently the case, Lex gets it:

From the headline -- "The Angry Left" -- to the punning kicker, Loconte manages to emulate all the sins of which conservative evangelicals so often accuse the mainstream news media. Most egregiously, he either displays ignorance of or deliberately ignores a clearly documented social message, drawn from both the teachings of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets, whose consequences in this country have as much of a history as the country itself.

"They're the furious faithful -- the growing number of religious liberals incensed by the political influence of Christian conservatives," he begins, as if this movement hadn't long predated right-wing Christianity's efforts to seize secular political power beginning in the late 1970s. Yo, Joe, Isaiah has been around a helluva lot longer than Jerry Falwell.

July 3, 2005

Observation from the Eno Festival

  • This was the first time in years Shannon and I made it to the Festival for the Eno. We used to be regulars when our dojo put on annual demonstrations. It absolutely hadn't changed: very laid back, very hippie. Sadly, also very white, considering the diversity of Durham.

  • A band I heard opening for Carbon Leaf and liked, Jump (nee Jump, Little Children), is putting on a quasi-farewell tour this year, so I made an effort to catch them at the Festival. I only got to hear three of their songs before Will ran out of gas. Hopefully I'll get to hear them again at the Lincoln this September -- there's something intriguing about their music that I haven't had the opportunity to explore yet. Their stuff is on the Apple Music Store -- for a taste of what I'm talking about, listen to the snippet of "Rains in Asia" on their last album, Between the Dim and the Dark.

  • "I have a weakness for belly dancers." -- U2's Bono

    Apparently my three year-old son shares that weakness. Should I be concerned?