An unlikely endorsement which may point to a blowout

Let me start with some historical perspective.

Lynden is a town in Whatcom County, which occupies the northwestern corner of the State of Washington.  Lynden is a few miles north of Bellingham, just off the Guide Meridian and a few miles south of the Canadian border.  It's a Dutch colony of sorts, and very religious - churches everywhere (at one time holding the world record for churches per capita, the big one being the Dutch Reformed) and some very odd blue laws.  A dairy town, they actually flourished during the Great Depression and interpreted their comparative affluence as favor from God for their piety.  The town is very clean, nicknamed "Tidytown," and in fact there is an ordnance which requires regular mowing.  If you don't mow often enough, the city will do it for you and bill you (nobody has ever challenged that one in court, or I suspect it would not be upheld).

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Open thread on ridiculous conservative sloganeering

While walking the dog this morning, I saw a car with a McCain/Palin sticker on one side of the rear window and "I'm voting for Joe the Plumber" on the other side. Seriously.

Syndicated business columnist Rhonda Abrams had a great passage in her latest piece, which ran in USA Today and many other newspapers:

This week, I intended to write my election-year evaluation of the presidential candidates and small-business issues. When, wham! Suddenly a guy named "Joe the Plumber" entered the arena.

Joe took center stage during the final presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama to discuss how small businesses will fare under the policies of each, and the McCain campaign refers to "Joe the Plumber" in stump speeches.

Please don't have Joe or his boss represent small business. Joe isn't licensed in Ohio, and it appears his boss is violating the law by employing Joe. Joe has a lien against him for failure to pay income tax.

So, move over, Joe. And let those of us who run honest small businesses hear what the candidates are going to do for us.

Back to the point of this post: I can't believe the Republicans think "I'm voting for Joe the Plumber" is a winning message for them, but if they want to waste their money on those bumper stickers, it's fine by me.

This thread is for sharing the most absurd conservative slogans you've seen on cars, buttons, yard signs or t-shirts lately.

I doubt any of you will be able to top the shirt I saw a toddler wearing in a park a few years ago, but have at it.

Speaking of conservative oddities, how about these devout Christians praying at the Wall Street bull (looking very much like the Golden Calf) yesterday for God to take over the economy? (hat tip to Daily Kos diarist dhonig) Somewhere I read something about idols and graven images...

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Sexual Justice and the Religious Left

This weekend, in anticipation of the book launch of Dispatches from the Religious Left, I am running a series on a few selected essays from the book.  Earlier today, I posted my review of PastorDan's essay on the role of the Religious Left.  This post is about an essay by Rev. Debra Haffner and Timothy Palmer: "Towards a theology of sexual justice."

Sexual justice, as defined by this essay, is quite broad:

Indeed, the full scope of sexual justice embraces anyone who is concerned with gender equality, reproductive rights and health care, and the right to privacy, not to mention education, equality of opportunity and the dignity of all persons.

These issues are far too important to far too many people to sweep under the rug in seeking the support of an ever-elusive "Religious Center", as Jim Wallis argues.  So how is the Religious Left to support sexual justice?

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Bill Maher Is Wrong

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

Bill Maher is wrong about religious people when he says they are all either deluded, crazy, intellectually lazy or just plain stupid...

... and I say that as an atheist who thinks religion is responsible for more evil than anything else in human history, that all religions are plain fucking crazy and that most religious people are either deluded, crazy, intellectually lazy or just plain stupid.

Important distinction.

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Evolution 1/ Palin 0

The Vatican has just announced that the theory of Evolution is compatible with the bible according to Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister.   Creationism belongs to the "strictly theological sphere" and could not be used "ideologically in science."

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