Monthly Archives: May 2009

Pentecost

Syncretism is one thing if it happens over centuries. Like let’s say you’re Italian. A long, long time ago your ancestors had a mid-winter festival in honor of Saturn celebrating the birth of the sun; and then Constantine, who ruled … Continue reading

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The real Memorial Day

I grew up in one of those 1950s neighborhoods you read about: lawns and woods and kids and games, games and more games. There was Michigan Rummy, where the penny-stacked cards extended through the halls and out the doors; Kinney … Continue reading

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Shavuot

I wonder if Jesus, assuming he really existed, meant for all the special days he celebrated to get turned into something else. I can understand why his apostles might have forgotten about Passover, given that he died the day after … Continue reading

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Supremes court Jesus

Jesus is the son of God; his body is actually there in that Communion wafer; and, forty days after coming back to life after his crucifixion, that whole body of his ascended into heaven. Not to mention that the Pope … Continue reading

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John Yoo, master of irony

So you’re getting a lot of pressure from your boss, who’s in high CYA mode since he’s already approved torture, to figure out how to make it legal. And (as Condi Rice told that student at Stanford) the White House … Continue reading

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The eye of the needle

“I feel as if heaven lay close upon the earth and I between the two, breathing through the eye of a needle.” I wonder if Amr ibn al-As, the military commander who led the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 640 … Continue reading

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Decoration/Memorial/Towel Day/

It used to be Decoration Day, and it used to be on May 30, but thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act we now get a three-day weekend to start the summer and, (in that straw-man phrase that I blamed … Continue reading

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