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I had my first bout of vomiting and diarahhea following my last of 42 radiation treatments for prostate cancer. I think I also hurled half my brain, so I’ll rely on others’ rants for today’s posting.

Democrats offer evangelicals a voice at convention

Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, quotes an AP story:

    Religious leaders and people of faith who’ve been invited to the table at this week’s Democratic National Convention are not sitting quietly with their hands in their laps.

    The head of a large African-American denomination challenged the party on abortion. An Orthodox Jewish rabbi raised his voice about school choice. A thirty-something evangelical Christian author warned against Democrats who mock believers. . . .

    “Let’s be honest: Religion has been used and abused by politics,” said Jim Wallis, an evangelical and editor of Sojourners magazine. People of faith, he said, “should speak prophetically more than in a partisan way.” Wallis is not endorsing a candidate and will also appear on a panel in St. Paul, Minn., next week during the Republican convention.

Bishop Charles Blake, head of the 6 million-member Church of God in Christ and self-identified “pro-life Democrat,” blasted his party for their “disregard for the lives of the unborn” and the Republicans for not caring about “those who have been born.” Speaking of which . . .

Don’t care about your teen’s attitude? Drop him off in Nebraska

At first I thought this news item was a joke. But according to a Fox News report, that’s exactly what you can do!

“Safe Haven” laws are usually limited to newborns—and I totally support the life-saving service—but the new Nebraska law allows for parents or adult care-givers to drop off children up to 19 years old. Wow! Let’s slow down and think through the implications, corn-huskers! And speaking of slow . . .

In Praise of Slow

Carl Honore has a fascinating interview with himself about the importance of slowing down.

    It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting.

    What are the tell-tale symptoms of living too fast?

    When you feel tired all the time and like you’re just going through the motions, getting through the many things on your To-Do list but not engaging with them deeply or enjoying them very much. You don’t remember things as vividly when you rush through them. You feel like you’re racing through your life instead of actually living it. Illnesses are often the body’s way of saying “Enough already, slow down!”

And speaking of which, my body is telling me slow down and log off!

Have a great weekend! The annual Watkins Labor Day picnic is Monday, so I’ll return Tuesday—hopefully rested and raring to rant.

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