1. Color me completely unsurprised that Mike Tyson believes a woman might need to be fucked in a way she might not agree with as a means of threatening her. I guess I’m supposed to find that funny because Sarah Palin deserves to be run down, but I do not. I find it gross and, as stated, unsurprising.
3. I agree with Jay here, but I think there are two other things to point out. A. If churches could do more, presumably at least some of them would already be doing more, since people’s lack of healthcare is a huge issue. And yet, here we are. People don’t have insurance and they die because they don’t have insurance. If more people don’t have insurance, churches aren’t going to be able to magically do more than they do now. But also B. When I have participated in this conversation in the past with Christians, I sometimes feel like they are angry that they’re being cheated out of chances to be charitable. Like if the government steps in to make sure everyone has health insurance, some Christian is getting shafted because he or she doesn’t have the opportunity to give charity to someone. But it’s not the government’s responsibility to make sure that Christians have enough to do. And it seems obvious to me that this could get into some church/state issues. Hell, it probably already does. Christians should be nervous about the idea that the government would decide anything was the church’s job and not the government’s, since that, by definition, includes the government deciding what’s the proper role of the church.
4. I really loved this interview, even if it ends on a note of “We’re all going to die.” Hint to people worried about secular and sacred apocalypses: we are all going to die. Just probably not at the same time.
5. I have now been convinced to read the Sookie Stackhouse books, which I believe is the first indication that I’m using my library card for evil as well as good.