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Heaven and Hell in Orlando

January 6, 2008


I spent this morning in an Orlando megachurch listening to a preacher talk about heaven on earth.  As if someone felt I should be shown the alternative, I am spending the evening in the Orlando airport. If there is a place more like hell on earth, I’m having a hard time imagining it. The terminal […]

Huckabee Changes Faith & Politics Webpage

December 22, 2007


Mike Huckabee, and ordained Southern Baptist minister who is now the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, has raised concerns about blurring the separation of church and state. In an apparent response to address these concerns, the Huckabee campaign has added new text to a webpage devoted to “Faith and Politics.” It begins with new […]

Building the Choir to Preach to

December 21, 2007


“I even have a choir,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee while marveling at the turnout at a 7:30 AM event at the Best Western Hotel in Marshalltown, Iowa. The crowd of mostly seniors and middle-aged white folks sat on all sides of a small stage. “Looks familiar,” Huckabee said of the layout. “For a […]

The United State’s View of New York

December 19, 2007


Inverting the mindset captured by the iconic New Yorker cover, “A New Yorker’s View of the United States,” Des Moines has christened a newly revitalized neighborhood in the shadow of the state capitol the “East Village.” I’m sitting in a coffee shop in the “Soho” building, which houses a sprinkling of small stores. The form […]

Red Iowaves

December 18, 2007


My rental car knew why I was in Iowa–to talk to evangelical Christians about the environment. When I turned the key in the ignition, the radio turned on to a Christian station, Family Radio (91.3 FM), playing a segment called “Creation Moment,” dedicated to explicating how the natural world “proves” the truth of biblical creation. […]

Bicycle Graveyard?

October 1, 2007


I think I’ve found the spot where bicycles come to die. Inspired by the legend of the Elephant Graveyard, it appears bicycles slink off to the East Village to take their final resting place alongside the rusted remains of their predecessors. These photos are from yesterday:

SCHIPping Away at the Bush Legacy

September 28, 2007


It’s hard to imagine a worse PR move for a politician than to keep children from seeing the doctor. But President Bush seems to relish playing the role of the Grinch who Stole Health Care, promising to veto bipartisan legislation passed this week to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP is a […]