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Given the faith factor in U.S. politics, it was probably inevitable that someone would come up with a poll asking who is the most Christian among the presidential and vice presidential candidates. The Times in London has done it -- and come up with some interesting results so far. After an initial lead by the candidate thought to appeal most to evangelical Christians, the candidate now way out in front is the one who rumours say isn't a Christian at all.
The online poll is open until next Wednesday, so click to Ruth Gledhill's blog Articles of Faith to vote. The poll is a bit confusing -- the post starts out asking whether Sarah Palin is a good Christian and then presents a voting table asking you to choose the "better Christian" among the presidential and vice presidential candidates. The winner of a four-horse race should be termed the "best" in the group, but maybe that sounds too judgmental.
Anyway, after voting, let us know here if you think this poll is representative of American voters' views or skewed by votes from outside the United States.
A London businessman may have to put off his wedding. A baker in Paris fears customers will disappear. A student in Slovenia sees an automobile loan fall out of reach. A real estate agent in Chicago says she’s just plain scared.
And in France, more Parisians appear to be storing their money the old-fashioned way : in a safe.
The Jewel of Medina, a novel about the Prophet Mohammad's child bride Aisha already linked to an arson attack in London, was rushed into U.S. bookstores on Monday in a bid to head off any other violence. Author Sherry Jones says it's a respectful account of Aisha's life but Random House baulked at publishing it after being warned it could offend Muslims and provoke violence from a "small, radical segment".
Publisher Eric Kampmann, president of the Beaufort Books company whose London office was firebombed, told Reuters that the surprise measure would help change the discussion about the book. "We felt that, given what was happening, it was better for everybody... to let the conversation switch from a conversation about terrorists and fearful publishers to a conversation about the merits of the book itself," he said.
from UK News:
Anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says serious thought should be given to a ban on smoking in cars.
In a report which says smoking costs the NHS 2.7 billion pounds a year, the lobby group argues that millions of children and young people are exposed to second-hand smoke in vehicles every day.
After the 2004 election, the buzz was that religion was a key factor in U.S. election campaigns. It's come up this year with Barack Obama's "pastor problem," speculation about Sarah Palin's Pentecostal church and several other points. So I thought it was worth getting up in the middle of the night (cable TV had it from 3 a.m. here in Paris) to see what if any role religion played in her debate with Joe Biden.
From that narrow point of view, I could have stayed in bed.
The only interesting point on any of the usually divisive "culture war" issues was the way Palin agreed with Biden that gay and lesbian couples should not be denied legal benefits granted to married heterosexual couples. "No one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties," she said. Neither supported gay marriage, but that was their stated position already.
The London-based Evangelical Alliance has posted its "10 Blogging Commandments."
1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.
3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.
7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
8. You shall not steal another person’s content.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content.
Imagine you go to a conference on major bioethical questions -- controversial issues like abortion, embryonic stem cells, assisted reproduction and euthanasia -- and a keynote speaker uses all his allotted time warning about global warming. Is this the wrong issue to discuss -- or the only one worth talking about?
The question arose at the annual conference of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) that ended at the weekend in Prague. Dr. Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics, told the assembled bioethicists they had to look beyond their usual issues to consider the far larger ecological threat he said could soon end up destroying mankind.
By a vote of 228-to-205 the House of Representatives rejected a compromise plan that would have allowed the Treasury Department to buy up toxic debt from struggling banks. Is the rejection a “complete disaster” or “a vote for the people who did not issue or accept a sub-prime mortgage?” Join the debate in the comments field below.
U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on a massive Wall Street bailout plan on Thursday with more protections for taxpayers, giving world stock prices a boost even as data showed the U.S. economy slowing.
Lawmakers hope to reach a bipartisan consensus on a proposed $700 billion rescue for U.S. financial firms in time for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon.