Archive for April 11, 2010

Here is what happens to your church…

Posted: April 11, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news
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when you are more interested in appeasing man than serving God:

On the day of judgment it won’t just be the Queen of the South who rises up and testifies against this generation of Episcopalians. Marie Antoinette will rise up against us as well. She only played at being a shepherdess while the real shepherds and peasants of France were oppressed and mistreated. Our generation has played at being bishops and priests and lay leaders while the work of the church goes undone and the church fell into what may well be irretrievable ruin.

This is why the media/world left this church alone, why bother going after a church that doesn’t post a threat to save any souls?

Saved by Her Enemy: Amazon Vine Review

Posted: April 11, 2010 by datechguy in amazon reviews, war
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My review through the Amazon Vine Program of the Book Saved by Her Enemy An Iraqi woman’s journey from the heart of war to the heartland of America by Rafraf Barack and Don Teague is available at Amazon.com here.

The title is more accurate than you might know.

as Stacy McCain demonstrates.

He was kind enough to extend the loan of his casual fedora — my favorite from the Scott Brown campaign we covered together — which has made several guest appearances here at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

He treats me very generous in that sentence, he treats me even more generous in the paragraph that he closes with:

Please, help Da Tech Guy find the story that will allow him to travel as widely as his fedora has been traveling lately. Other assignments beckon me soon, but I sure wish y’all would send Da Tech Guy down to Savannah to cover the Ray McKinney campaign. It just so happens that the campaign has been making news lately, and Ray has two Republican primary opponents who might like to be interviewed by the founder of the Fedora Brotherhood.

You know if you’ve got friends like Stacy & Smitty you try to give you a hand when you need it you’ve got just about everything.

from the coverage you might think this was a uniquely Catholic problem, you would be wrong:

…based on the surveys and studies conducted by different denominations over the past 30 years, experts who study child abuse say they see little reason to conclude that sexual abuse is mostly a Catholic issue. “We don’t see the Catholic Church as a hotbed of this or a place that has a bigger problem than anyone else,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “I can tell you without hesitation that we have seen cases in many religious settings, from traveling evangelists to mainstream ministers to rabbis and others.”

We have been told for weeks how greedy insurance companies are so of course their rates must reflect the difference in risk…oh wait:

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this article appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive. The media has a very loose definition of what is a scandal and story and what is not to wit:

“[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”

No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.

The ratio of one story to another? 500-1 in the papers.

Let’s see how much coverage the US swimming scandal gets in the press and how long it stays on the front page. It should be quite illuminating.