Daily Archives: December 6, 2007

Let’s Hear it for The Listening Project

Do you live in the Twin Cities Area? Are you doing anything next Thursday, December 13th at about 7.30PM?Come and see the film The Listening Projecti-81affed2c14bb4aff2bb793893cfbdf6-tlp.jpg

Born in Philadephia, reared in the Bay Area and schooled by his lifelong addiction to world travel, Twin Cities-based filmmaker Dominic Howes has spent the last 10 years trying to get accustomed to Minnesota winters — and says he’s still trying.But Howes admits that ice and cold are nothing compared to the dangers of “land mines and insurgent forces” in Afghanistan, one of 14 countries he and Rikshaw Films partner Joel Weber visited last year for their documentary, “The Listening Project.” (The screening will be Thursday, Dec. 13 at Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis as part of the “Fearless Filmmakers” series.)”My American-ness has always been a subject of conversation in my travels whether I wanted it to be or not,” says Howes, for whom “The Listening Project” afforded an opportunity to capture that subject on digital video. Funded and conceived by executive producer and philanthropist Jim Pohlad, the documentary collects the opinions of dozens of people around the world — from Afghanistan to South Africa, China, Israel and Palestine. All are asked, “What do you think of America?” *

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Legacy of Linnaeus

Also known as Linnaeus’ Legacy (but it occurs to me that one should avoid “‘” in the title of a web blog post) is now at Laelaps, here. This is a new blog carnival, and a really good one. Enjoy!And, if you are thinking of submitting something to this web carnival for next month, please do so, by submitting them to moiDamn you, Laelaps, you used the Darwin Graphic I was gonna use!!!!

Minnesota has its quirks

And some are very very annoying. We had crazy Christians running around last year putting up anti-Evolution billboards. Now, this:

Running right through the heart of the Twin Cities is a spiritual road that dozens of evangelical churches say is specifically mentioned in the Bible as the “Way of Holiness.” They call it the “Highway of Holiness.” Others call it Interstate 35.

Evangelicals throughout the Midwest… have been praying at 24-hour prayer rooms for a month for Interstate 35 in order to “light the highway.” Young people in the movement have been holding “purity sieges” in front of LGBT businesses, abortion clinics and stores that sell pornography. So far, Minnesota has been spared of “purity sieges,” but 24-hour prayer rooms have been set up in Minneapolis, Albert Lea and Duluth.

The scriptural basis for the new movement comes from Isaiah 35:8, which reads, “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” Because of chapter 35, believers say the highway mentioned must be Interstate 35. In addition, a number of people in the “Highway of Holiness” movement claim to have had prophetic experiences that involve Interstate 35.

Wow. Read all about it here…

Romney Has a Big Tent

But there is only room in it for Christians.

“There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation’s founders…. In John Adams’ words: ‘We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people.’

Notice that Adams at least said “Moral and Religious” … Romney, on the other hand, clearly implies that true morality comes only from religion. Don’t believe me? Read on…

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Talk Radio vs. Islam

Conservative Radio Talk Show Host Michael Savage is suing the Council on American-Islamic Relations for using a 4-minute bit of his show “The Savage Nation” to raise awareness of his conservative politics among potential advertisers. Savaged called the Queran “a throwback document” and a “book of hate.” I wonder what Savage things of, I don’t know, the Old Testament, for instance?

“What kind of religion is this? What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, which is a book of hate,” Savage said during the portion of the broadcast highlighted by CAIR. “Don’t tell me I need reeducation. They need deportation.”

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Savage said he was talking about Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his dangerous and violent brand of Islamic extremism, not about the religion in general.

Savage said he strongly supports freedom of speech, but “it’s another thing to take away a man’s millstone and try to put him out of business.”

A CAIR spokeswoman… called the suit,… “bizarre, sloppy and baseless.” …”We expect to prevail based on the facts, the law and the Constitution,” Amina Rubin said.

Its fun watching religious people and conservatives beat each other up.