No Rush to Judgment

Back in my ultimate frisbee-playing days, I’d travel throughout the Midwest and South for tourneys. One of my teammates (I’ll call him Shmuel) was finishing rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College and decided to pull a prank on an unsuspecting waitress. Our meal stop took us to a greasy spoon...

It Plays in Peoria!

In grade school, I thought “Venerable” was a nameā€”the Venerable Bede’s name, to be precise. As it happens, “venerable” is the first step on the path to canonization. (Bede was apparently venerable long enough for the term to stick; he’s a saint now.) One of our latest...

Doubtin’ Abbey

I was stunned by the weekend news: “Pope’s butler in Vatican jail,” say Italian journalists. Wha? The pope has a butler? The Vatican has a jail? Italy has journalists? Just when I thought I had a handle on this zombie-riddled vale of tears, they pull the oh-so-plush scarlet rug out from...

Spare the rod and spoil the child…

In what I can only imagine was a gross misunderstanding of the etymology of the term “slap happy,” a Baptist preacher in North Carolina is advising parents to slap the gay right out of their children. He seems to define “gay” as playing dress-up, suffering from wrist palsy, or...

So Much for Godless Communism

The dynamic Castro duo has a little treat for Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter basket this year: Good Friday will be celebrated as a national holiday in Cuba for the first time since the revolution in 1959. According to CNN, this raises the total number of religious holidays in that island nation to...

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