Friday, April 22, 2011

Various & Sundry: Good Friday/Earth Day edition

And what do you need to mark both Good Friday and Earth Day? Clearly, it's environmentally-friendly cardboard coffins! I personally think this one is most appropriate for our Lord and Savior, don't you?

I liked this obituary for Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson wineries, who I'm sure would be buried in a coffin decorated with grapes. Interesting to compare the Wine Spectator obit with the NY Times, which emphasized his horse racing efforts.

I thought this essay by a Lutheran minister on the sexual ethics of Dan Savage was very interesting. It was brought to my notice by blogger Conor Friedersdorf who notes "that the prohibition on pre-marital sex cannot survive a society where people get married in their late twenties or early thirties; that pre-marital sexual relationships are fraught with ethical questions apart from whether they should exist at all; that the teachings of Jesus Christ might easily be applied to a lot of those questions; but that the folks who normally provide guidance in how to follow Jesus eschew that role." It makes me wonder if the sturm und drang over homosexuality over here is to distract from the fact that we're not looking at anything regarding how people by and large are living out their sexual lives over there.

Finally, in celebration of Earth Day, heed the helpful advice of this oh-so-paper-saving bulletin board.

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