"I'm being too polite here. I need to state this more vigorously because I need to put it in a way that will make my accusers fruitfully angry. So let me try this:
The Bible is not a book about homosexuality and it will not allow itself to be treated as a book about homosexuality. Nor is the Bible a book about sex. But the Bible is, in fact, very much a book about wealth, possessions and the poor. That is not the central theme, but it is a massively important theme that pervades every portion of the book. If you don't agree with that then I don't know what it is that you've been reading, but it surely wasn't a Bible.
Did that work? That last sentence was deliberately confrontational and accusatory -- did it make you angry? Because I want you to get angry. I want you to become so angry that you won't rest until you prove me wrong."
A detailed investigation of everybody's favorite science-and-religion organization includes lots of vague insinuations but not much evidence of sinister behavior.
An annotated guide to the talks at a recent workshop titled "Laws of Nature: Their Nature and Knowability."
"As The New York Times reported recently, there are now more students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education than ever before. Today, women attend college in record numbers, and, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2003, the number of African American, Hispanic, and other minorities enrolled in college reached the highest levels in history.
This all seems like very good news. With millions more students attending college, it makes sense to ask whether their degrees will pay off."
I got 14/20, mostly because I mistakenly chose titles that made sense.
Very good point made a Slacktivist. Conservatives like to say, the Bible's entreaties are about private charity and not governments but the distinction is not clearly in the text. For example, regarding the Sheep and the Goats, "Nations" are judge (although it is ambiguous perhaps whether the nations are just gathered, or judged as such.) Link re can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sheep_and_the_Goats. I pasted some below since I think it's relevant and not real real long.
Note also other hypocrisies we put up with, like calls for school prayer despite Jesus saying, not to pray in public "like the hypocrites" (!) and other issues. (Caveat: I don't accept these texts as revelatory, it's here regarding consistency and to show the relevant sentiments.)
31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. 36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'
44 "Then they will also answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn't help you?' 45 "Then he will answer them, saying, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn't do it to one of the least of these, you didn't do it to me.' 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."