Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Newtown Theodicy, Westboro Picket and WHY WHY WHY?

We are still living in Newtown today.

“Why? Why does God allow evil?” asks Cathy Lynn Grossman -- who is maybe Jewish -- asks in USA Today, and reminds us of ways people have answered this question.

Connecticut’s poet laureate ponders on the subject in  “This is The Greatest Mystery.”

The estranged son of the family that heads the Westboro Baptist Church has condemned his family’s plans to picket the funerals of the victims of the Newtown elementary school massacre.

In the pews of Newtown churches this past Sunday, overwhelming anguish, and glimmers of hope.

The Rev. Sue Wintz hopes that as we talk about death, we lose the word “loss.”

Calls in the wake of Friday’s massacre to stem access to and the proliferation of guns have galvanized gun control advocates, our own Adelle Banks reports.

Atheists have organized to help pay for the funerals of the children killed in Newtown, and for counseling for survivors. “Show the country that atheists care . . . ” reads their call for donations.

James Dobson thinks that the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has something to do with gay marriage. WHAT THE FUCK?
A California school system with a comprehensive yoga program is trying to avoid a lawsuit from some objecting Christian parents.

Only 1 out of 1000 people of the nearly 7 billion people in the world identify with a supernatural myth religion, reports The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

 Reuters notes that those reporting “no religion” represent the largest group, since Christians, Muslims, Jews and  Hindus are all barking uo the wrong tree..

Gunmen killed six  people working on a campaign to vaccinate Pakistanis against polio amid rumors that the program is part of a Western plot to harm Muslims.

Interfaith minister Phillip Goldberg celebrates Ravi Shankar’s spiritual legacy.

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