Reader: 53% of independents plan to vote against Obama, Romney closer to Perry, Solyndra execs to plead 5th

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The latest poll by McClatchy/Marist looks bad for President Obama’s re-election efforts. “By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama, according to the poll. Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him… Even... More

Why is Bishop Tod Brown Offering $50 Million for CA’s Crystal Cathedral?

What a waste: The bidding process for Crystal Cathedral Ministries (CCM) wages on as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange submitted a proposal to purchase the cathedral for $50 million in cash on Friday.  The proposal comes nearly three weeks after Chapman University offered $46 million for the property, which is currently in bankruptcy court. The diocese is the only religious organization to ... More

California Parish Denies Funeral Mass to Open Homosexual

This is generating waves in the Golden State: A local Catholic church is accused of canceling the funeral service of a parishioner because he was gay. Local businessman and devout Catholic John Sanfilippo died last week after a prolonged illness. Friends said Sanfilippo planned for the funeral mass to be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Little Italy. This weekend, Sanfilippo’... More

The bricks story is even more absurd than that…

Sometimes a facepalm is the best first reaction. I just realized something about the eeeevil Bible bricks story I posted earlier today. I did some quick math (a skill I learned in school in lieu of learning to spot un-nice-ness and how to put on a condom) and realized that the offending bricks would have been “just another brick in the [walkway]” in a literal sense, but also figurativ... More

Knee-jerk Anti-Christianity Harms a School District.

Now this is just silly. A school district in California has decided it is a better idea to reject $45,000 in fundraised money than to allow a few bricks with inoffensive verses from the Bible to be included. At this point I don’t really think it matters if it is true anti-Christianity, or just knee-jerk anti-Christianity, because it’s really just silly. I’m quite certain that the... More

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