February 1, 2013
With Thursday's unveiling of corruption charges against nine current and former Traffic Court judges, the U.S. Justice Department has again proven it is Philadelphia's most effective good-government group. In a tone-deaf political environment where fixing traffic tickets is seen as no more harmful than double-parking, these charges bring hope. Maybe the people in charge of Traffic Court will hear the music and clean up a system that allows dangerous drivers to go unpunished just because they have friends in high places.
December 24, 2012
YOUR FAVORITE Columnist continues his tradition of an annual sit-down with God. YFC: Hello, Lord. God: What? You again? YFC: But - God: I'm kidding, kid. Take a load off. It seems like ages since I've seen you. YFC: I'm here every year around now. I was here last December. God: Get out - last year? My memory's slipping. But I remember your name, Jerry. YFC: It's Stu. God: You're not Blavat, the Geator with the Heater? YFC: 'Fraid not. God: I broke the mold when I made him. YFC: I'm more interested than you could ever imagine.
December 13, 2012 |
THERE WAS something about Catherine Leatherbury that drew people to her. Friends and neighbors would drop by her house in Overbrook just to be with her and soak up the warmth of her loving personality. Catherine devoted much of her life to caring for others, especially children, for whom she had a special place in her heart. Catherine LeVere-Leatherbury, a retired beautician, an active churchwoman who traveled to Europe and Africa on missionary excursions, an artist, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Dec. 3. She was 89 and was living in Dauphin, Pa., but had lived most of her life in Philadelphia.
November 19, 2012 |
After seeing Montgomery Theater's production of Sean Grennan's Making God Laugh , I think biblical standards of humor have declined a bit since Job's time. Grennan's play spans 30 years, beginning at Thanksgiving 1980 and progressing through Christmas 1990, New Year's Y2K, and Easter circa 2010. On each of these holidays, a trio of siblings learn the painful lesson that you can't go home again. The audience, watching the characters' lives move from youthful promise to adult discontent, gets beaten over the head with Grennan's continual insistence on his theme: If you want to make God laugh, create plans, so he can delight in frustrating them.
November 3, 2012 |
Mark St. Germain's two-character play, Freud's Last Session, ran for two years Off-Broadway and has made the rounds of regional theaters, winning prize after prize. The Arden's admirable production, directed by Ian Merrill Peakes, adds yet another debate drama about religion to the ever-lengthening roster so far this season. (Since the six shows I listed for my review of The Runner Stumbles on Oct. 22, we can add two more.) The debaters here are illustrious: Sigmund Freud (David Howey)
November 2, 2012 |
CAIRO - Some anti-American Muslim clerics have cast the deadly Superstorm Sandy as divine punishment for a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad or for other perceived ills of American society. The remarks by some on the fringe brought a backlash from other Muslims who said it was wrong to relish the suffering of others. In Egypt, one radical cleric described the hurricane as revenge from God for the crude, anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that sparked waves of protests in the Muslim world in September.
October 26, 2012
RICHARD Mourdock, a conservative Republican who is favored to win a U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, pulled a Todd Akin on Monday night, pontificating that pregnancies from rape or incest are "something God intended" - and therefore the victims should not be able to obtain abortions. But this time, the reaction of the Republican Party establishment was quite different from the reaction to Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's assertion in August that, if a rape is "legitimate" (that is, the woman didn't secretly want it)
October 15, 2012
Robert Benne is the author of "Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics" Gerald R. McDermott is coauthor of "Evangelicals and Mormons: Exploring the Boundaries" Evangelicals who have had concerns about Mitt Romney's Mormonism, and who make up a large portion of Republican voters, should consider Romney's religion a positive in this election. One of their concerns has been that Mormonism is non-Christian. Some fear that it would advance the Mormon Church and blur the boundaries between true Christian faith and its counterfeits.
October 11, 2012 |
GOLDA Lillian Nichols could be found every morning at 5:30 on her knees, offering up prayers for family, friends and anyone else she thought needed a blessing. It was faith that guided Golda's life and made her a person who was always looking for a way to help those who needed her special brand of compassion and love. "She was a perfect example of caring for others," her family said. "She was an adviser, giver and a great friend. She would lend a helping hand to anyone who was in need.
October 9, 2012 |
God's work, it seems, is never done. That's why, rather than resting on the seventh day, he called upon Live Nation to put together a gospel music tour, "The King's Men," and unite the top-selling salesman of the Word. On Sunday, four formidable headliners - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton - laid bare their souls and their most impassioned voices at the Liacouras Center. And it was good - the three-hour-plus showing of holy music's Traveling Wilburys, to devotees of God and to his performers.