Sunday, February 19, 2006

Radical Civility

The blogosphere, I've long since decided, already has enough blogs that emphasize political opinion. And besides, my time for blogging is limited. Most of the time I do have goes into Blog Them Out of the Stone Age, which deals with academic military history, my area of professional specialization. (In January it received a Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog.)

Still, there's more to life than politics or academe, and in recent weeks I've created a blog to support me in my spiritual journey. I call it Radical Civility. But when you think about it, spiritual concerns aren't divorced from political or professional matters. These apects of life are mere subsets of the incomparably larger concerns reflected in questions of ultimate meaning. So if an interest in politics has led you here--especially if that interest includes the intersection of faith and politics, Radical Civility may be worth a look.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Drawing the Line Between Caesar and Christ

Cross-posted from Radical Civility:

A group of religious leaders has sent a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation of two large churches in Ohio that they say are improperly campaigning on behalf of a conservative Republican running for governor.

In their complaint, the clergy members contend that the two Columbus-area churches, Fairfield Christian Church and World Harvest Church, which were widely credited with getting out the Ohio vote for President Bush in 2004, have allowed their facilities to be used by Republican organizations, promoted the candidate, J. Kenneth Blackwell, among their members and otherwise violated prohibitions on political activity by tax-exempt groups.

They are asking the I.R.S. to examine whether the churches' tax exemptions should be revoked and are requesting that Mark W. Everson, the federal tax commissioner, seek an injunction to stop what they consider improper activities.

-- From The New York Times, January 16, 2006.

Reaction from Pastor Rod Parsley and a variety of conservative and progressive commentators.