Wednesday, January 13, 2010

News You Don't Want To Miss

Some big things happening, and some not-so-big.

1 - Please pray for the people of Haiti.  The earthquake that hit has caused major damage and killed thousands.  They are already a country in great need.
It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince was among the dead, and the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was missing.

International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge. The United Nations said the capital's main airport was "fully operational" and open to relief flights.
2 - Texas politicians are gearing up for a fight over - wait for it - Social Studies. Yep.  The Board of Education is now debating the guidelines for a far-ranging Social Studies curriculum and politics is the name of the game.  Some want to make sure that Christianity gets a fair shake and some want to make sure that the USA isn't depicted as a "Christian nation".  Another good reason send your kids to private school or home school.

3 - The line at says "While praising "Avatar's" extraordinary visuals, the Vatican press blasts the film's eco-message"  It also reads "Vatican Rips Avatar".  Give me a break.  Telling the news, rather than "spicing it up" died long ago, but this is just ridiculous.  Here are some of the quotes from the full story about what the Vatican newspaper and radio said:
"Not much behind the images" was how the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, summed it up in a headline.
and then:
Cameron "tells the story without going deep into it, and ends up falling into sappiness," said L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican Radio called it "rather harmless" but said it was no heir to sci-fi masterpieces of the past.

Most significantly, much of the Vatican criticism was directed at the movie's central theme of man vs. nature.

L'Osservatore said the film "gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature." Similarly, Vatican Radio said it "cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium."

"Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship," the radio said.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that — film criticism, not theological pronouncements — they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity."
I wouldn't call it a rip or a blast. I agree with the review. I was stunned visually (it is worth the price of the ticket for that alone), but the story/dialogue/etc. were below average.

4 - Sometimes Planned Parenthood employees can't deny the truth.  Even when the truth is found in the god of science and progress.

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