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internet roundup: June 30-August 6

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Here’s the latest and greatest of my corner of the internet. Enjoy!

Things I’ve Read

1. Why Won’t Anyone Take Edward Snowden?, by Eric Posner [Slate]

“Snowden is not the type of person you want living in your country. Countries don’t grant citizenship or permanent residence to people they know to be felons. These people are more trouble than they’re worth. For all his IT skills, Snowden is not likely to be an appealing employee to a government or business that might otherwise be able to use them.

Snowden has few options left. Any country with an extradition treaty with the United States would probably extradite him—so his efforts to get into Germany or France are pretty pointless. Perhaps, if he reached Cuba or Bolivia, he could stay in one of those countries, in the process giving up the civil liberties that he holds so dear.”

2. Paula Deen: Scapegoat Du Jour?, by Suzanne Ross [SoJo]

“Polarization is not about a search for truth. Polarization indicates that each side believes it is in possession of the truth and is running on overdrive, panting with the effort of making their accusation stick. “Paula Deen is a racist!” shout her accusers. “Why do you hate Southerners?” counter her defenders. No matter which side you are on, you are steadfastly, undeniably certain that you are in the possession of the truth and on the side of good.”

3. Is the Gospel necessarily against empires? by Peter Enns [Patheos]

“But, empire criticism is not to be equated with the gospel message; it is an implication of the gospel. I think this sums up the book pretty well.

Neither does the gospel claim to render irrelevant the world of human politics. Jesus is Lord, yes, but so is Caesar–over something. The issue is that Jesus is Lord of lords, including Ceasar, but that is not to encourage dropping out of society, etc. Jesus himself said “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.””

4. Evangelicals are Too Political and Other Popular Myths, by Skye Jethani [h/t Brian McLaren IIRC]

“In 2008 Pew asked Americans of different faiths whether churches should ever endorse political candidates. If evangelicals are more inclined to mix their faith and politics, as the popular perception says, one would expect evangelicals to see political endorsements by churches as more acceptable. But the Pew findings showed that white evangelicals were no more likely to support political endorsements by churches than anyone else. And surveys by Lifeway have found that evangelical pastors are overwhelming against (90%) bringing politics into the pulpit.”

5. The chalk guy is back [h/t Shirebound]

Really, really amazing sidewalk art.

6. Does History Matter?, by Steven Mintz [Inside Higher Ed.]

“Furthermore, these briefs proved that contrary to the widely held assumption that marriage has long been defined by its procreative function, this was not the case. Marriage was justified on multiple grounds. Especially important were the notions that marriage contributed to social stability and provided care for family members. No American state ever forbade marriage to those too old to bear children.

Without reducing the legal history of marriage to a Whiggish, Progressive. or linear narrative, the historians showed that two broad themes characterize the shifting law of marriage in the United States. The first is the decline of coverture, the notion that a married woman’s identity is subsumed in her husband’s. A second theme is the overturning of earlier restrictions about who can marry whom.”

7. Proving for all time, that you NEVER KNOW what is on the other end of a Craigslist ad., by Victoria Elizabeth Barnes [h/t Rachel Held Evans]

“Paul has this look that he gets. Where CLEARLY he would like to kill someone. But now he is totally inconvenienced because he CAN’T.

Because he has to move a giant mirror.

Obviously, I’m fine with murderous-irritation… it’s a small price to pay for my everlasting happiness.

Besides, it’s not my fault that the universe WANTS ME TO HAVE THESE THINGS. In fact? It is OUTSIDE MY CONTROL.”

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Things I’ve Written

… here …

1. Fourth of July musings [on Edward Snowden and patriotism]
2. give me your poor [on why immigration reform might actually help low-wage Americans]
3. on being very good [comparing Jewish and Christian views on human nature]

… and at FaceBook …

1. On living in the information age:

This meme is making the FB rounds and has me thinking. First off, I’m not sure we truly *do* live in the age of information, if by information we mean facts rather than claims which may be right or wrong. See for example how easy it is for a hoax to be passed around FB. We are surrounded by an awful lot of noise, but I’m not sure how much of it should count as true facts.

Also, to me the opposite of ignorance requires more than just facts. It requires actual *understanding*, which involves an acceptance of facts and a proficiency in the framework those facts are organized around. And that’s *particularly* hard to get in what passes for information these days, because there’s a lot of noise for the facts to compete against. It’s very easy simply to disbelieve something because it doesn’t sit well with your politics or whatever, or just not to take the time to situate that fact into a proper understanding.”

2. On loving your enemy:

“World War Z has me thinking about what it would mean to love my enemy, and the ways I don’t live up to it, particularly in how I approach politics. Though to be honest, I was already driven there by things like the Paula Deen situation already had my thought there, the way so many progressives talk about white Southerners and the way I was having a hard time finding a balance between condemning her actions with wanting to defend “one of ours.” So often I give into the thought pattern that if someone disagrees with me they must be stupid or bad or whatever. I’d like to make more of an effort to consciously love my enemy.

But that raises the important question: what does it mean to love your enemy? How do you balance that against a need to protect other people from the effects of their action, or even protect *them* from themselves? It doesn’t seem particularly loving to let the racist go on being a racist because that is allowing them to keep on in sinful “other”-ing thought patterns, never mind how actually acting on that hatred harms them. But at the same time, it seems like if I insist on sorting the world into good people and death eaters (pro-life or pro-choice, pro-gun rights or pro-gun control, progressive or conservative, whatever), if I don’t really hear what they’re saying and look for the common ground and try to work for their good no matter how much I disagree with them, that can hardly count as loving them.

All of which sounds good in principle, but still leaves open the question what it means to love them. In practice, I mean. I’d be interested in what my fellow Christians (or anyone, really) make of this commandment, and how you live it out in your life.”

3. Initial Thoughts on Word War Z:

“World War Z was impressive both in terms of action and horror scenes and in terms of underlying themes and characterization. Some of the characters, like the Israeli soldier and the Hispanic boy, seemed criminally underused, but there were some scenes like when we saw the Israelis letting in Muslim Arabs, that were truly powerful. I want a sequel, though. Or at least to read the book. Not bad for one of the few movie genres I wouldn’t typically touch with a nine foot pole.”

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And, of course: Pinterest

Fannish Funnies

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(Hobbit memeage; spoilers for Desolation of Smaug trailer)

4. Orlando sings the “hobbits to Isengard” song:

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Gender-based Funnies

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Academic + Teacherly Humor

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Political Humor

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Religion Humor

1. I disagree with this use of the word “judge” because I don’t think it’s what the verse means. But really, this is so simple it shouldn’t be so hard…

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Misc. Funnies

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5. I like these girls, but I must admit I’m confuzzled: just why is this silly?

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Somebody’s Million-Dollar Idea

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3. Premade frozen smoothy baggies

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Cuteness

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Deep Thoughts

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Nothing new this week:

1. Because I’m a Closet Foodie
2. Groovitudes

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