7 Quick Takes Friday (set #32)

This week: Tornado destruction of Catholic institutions in Joplin. Hearing a prayer or “religious words” found to be the cause of “irreparable harm.” Catholic life at Texas A&M. LGBT demonstrate tolerance of differing viewpoints. Some Wisconsin public sector union members in action. Another “cool dad.”

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The recent tornado’s have taken a toll on many. One of the worse hit Joplin, MO, killing well over 100 people and destroyed much property. Among the loses was St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Before:

After:

Kevin Kikta tells what it was like to be on duty at St. John’s emergency room when the tornado hit.

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Christa, Danny and their graduating son dodged a bullet. They almost had to “suffer irreparable harm” at his upcoming graduation. Federal judge Fred Biery, an obvious advocate for diversity, tolerance, free speech and the constitution, ruled that student troublemaker Angela Hildenbrand (valedictorian of Medina Valley High School) may neither pray nor use religious words in her speech. The judge went on to order sweeping restrictions to protect the Schultz family from the irreparable harm hearing such words cause. This is not the first time Judge Biery went to bat to save people from harmful exposure to Christianity.

Fred Biery is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School. He was appointed by Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1994 by the the Democratic controlled senate.

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Where might your children attend college and come out with a stronger Catholic faith vs. a weaker one? If the choice was between Notre Dame and Texas A&M, for example, I would bet on the later. This article in the National Catholic Register gives a good overview of the Aggies. If you missed it in February, also be sure to read George Weigel’s article. As to Notre Dame, if you follow them at all, you know how deeply troubled they are these days.

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Speaking of students, I have mentioned TFP Student Action before and their defense of Catholic moral values. As usual, the tolerance, understanding and acceptance of differing viewpoints is promptly rejected by those demanding the same:

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Wisconsin public sector union members are classy, considerate champions of the disadvantaged in our society. Just kidding. Here they are in action:

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In the cool Dads department, I give you Dale Price. Dale waved to his son’s school bus ever morning when it passed, dressed in a different costume every day.

Spotted by Marcel

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Elizabeth Esther kindly hosts a feature she calls The Saturday Evening Blog Post. Published monthly every first Saturday, it features the best post in the preceding month on each of a few dozen Christian blogs. The “best” entries are chosen by the authors themselves (so they should know!).

It is a great way to discover new blogs. Be sure to check-it out. My entry for last month was The Body of Christ.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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