Religion at Huffington High

03/03/2010 Comments (2)

You can learn quite a bit about those who consider themselves leaders in the liberal movement by reading The Huffington Post. Now, as of a few weeks ago, you can learn what they think about religion, too.

I look at the Huffington Post to see today what many in the media will be talking about tomorrow. The news aggregator and blog website was founded by former conservative Arianna Huffington, wife of former GOP Senate candidate Michael Huffington. It collects bloggers of every description, from Robert Rubin to Bianca Jagger.  Often, the site anticipate trends, like the “small bank” movement that got some play nationally. Often, the site breaks news stories first.

At its best, the site...READ MORE

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Beer Summit vs. Health Care Summit

An Image Is Worth a Thousand Words. Actions Are Priceless.

02/26/2010 Comment

IMAGE BATTLE. Congressional Republicans silently held up their health care reform plans when Obama addressed them Sept. 9. (CNS photo/Jim Young, Reuters)

The President tried to apply his “beer summit” approach to health care and it very well may have backfired. The difference: This time, the participants were miked.

The beer summit was one of the most successful— indeed, one of the only successful — P.R. efforts of the Obama administration thus far. It was, maybe, too successful.  Successes become a paradigm that we apply to situations that don’t match.

Remember the beer summit? Public outrage boiled for a week after Obama said on national TV that police in Cambridge, Mass., “acted stupidly” when they arrested a black professor, implying a racist motive. As details of the incident became clearer, the police were revealed to...READ MORE

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Dawn Eden, Unhooked

On today's casual sex: Blame parents, not beer; Expect disconnected women and unconnectable men

02/24/2010 Comments (4)

Eden, author of Thrill of the Chaste, has also unhooked her blog, The Dawn Patrol.

Dawn Eden has a fascinating take on where modern youth are — and where they are headed. I recently wrote a story for OSV about the alarming “hookup culture” developing on college campuses,  and spoke with Dawn Eden about the phenomenon. That interview, in full, follows.

What’s so different about this phenomenon than the 1970s?

What’s different is that back in the 1970s young people had some idea of a normative relationship. They had some sort of model before them of a lasting marriage—usually that of their own parents, but, if not, those of their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others close to them. So they felt that if they ‘sowed their wild oats,’ as their older generation...READ MORE

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Three Olympic Subtexts

02/22/2010 Comment

The Hoopeses bought an antenna and a converter box and so we’re finally watching the Winter Olympics. As usual, it’s not just a sports competition. It’s a microcosm of all that is best and worst about the world we live in.

1. The Moral Subtext.

Olympic Comeuppance. The moral subtext of the 2006 Winter Olympics was “pride cometh before a fall.” A special Bode Miller website and late night partying came before Bode Miller’s fall from the standings. Showboating did in Lindsey Jacobellis when she tried to be cute at the end of her race, and so wiped out, giving the gold and silver to the two people behind her.

Olympian Sportsmanship.
This Olympics, Bode has redeemed himself...READ MORE

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6 Ways to Say No to Your Gay Friends

Valentine’s Day Tips from John Paul II

02/18/2010 Comments (133)

Here are some thoughts on how to approach the “gay marriage” debate from my Christianity and Mass Media class. That debate can often look like us shouting “No!” and them shouting “Yes!” The Church has a better way.

Since Sunday was Feb 14, which is not only Valentine’s Day but also the feasts of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, my class last week read Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Apostles to the Slavs.”

The lessons in that document can help us approach the “Slavs” of our day — those strangers with strange words and strange ways — who we want to reach with the message of the Gospel.

1.Leave your comfort zone.

When our heroes, Cyril and Methodius, were told to go and...READ MORE

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What to Give Up? The List

Here’s a list of things you could give up for Lent, if you still need to pick one. Or two.

02/16/2010 Comments (4)

It is important to give things up for Lent. Some pastors rightly warn some congregations about the wrong approach to Lent. It isn’t a spiritual bodybuilding contest … you aren’t supposed to do astounding things in Lent so you can look in the mirror and flex your spiritual muscles.

But you are supposed to regain some control over your life. As St. Paul says, for some, their god is their stomach. If you’re in that boat with me, let’s cast away that idol.

The public recently learned that Pope John Paul II went to great lengths to practice mortification in order to leave him freer to love God more. That’s what you and I should do, at our own level. If there’s something in your...READ MORE

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Pope Says Happy President’s Day!

02/15/2010 Comments (1)

Today is President’s Day, when we celebrate George Washington (and Abraham Lincoln and, now, the rest, too, I suppose) for giving us freedom.

That means we celebrate religion in America, too, today, because Washington saw religion as absolutely necessary to freedom.

A few readers of this blog have been hotly debating homosexual marriage in the com-boxes.

They have seen for themselves how quickly freedom breaks down if religion and morality don’t support it.

Think of it this way: Who gets more freedom, a group of nuns suddenly congregating on a city block, or a group of juvenile delinquents congregating on the block? The cops will keep close tabs on the juvies: The nuns will be left...READ MORE

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NY Times Exposes the "Gay Marriage" Myth

... and no one seems surprised

02/11/2010 Comments (148)

I found it ironic that The New York Times blew the lid off of homosexual “marriage” just when I was talking about it with my Christianity in Mass Media class.

You hadn’t heard that The New York Times utterly destroyed the homosexual marriage argument and left it in fragments on the ground? They did — while pretending they weren’t. “Many Successful Gay Marriages Share an Open Secret,” is the Jan. 29 story by Scott James.

Here’s how it begins:

“When Rio and Ray married in 2008, the Bay Area women omitted two words from their wedding vows: fidelity and monogamy.”

The story said:

“A study to be released next month is offering a rare glimpse inside gay relationships...READ MORE

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About Guest Blogger/Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.