Who Are the Straight Men Who Support Gay Marriage?

The ones, evidently, who watch pornographic movies.

New research published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Communication Research found that watching pornography, at least among straight men, links to supporting same-sex marriage rights.  “Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men, especially less educated heterosexual men, watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage,” Indiana University assistant professor Paul Wright told the Washington Examiner. Wright co-authored the study with Ashley Randall, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona.  The Boston Globe reports that the study found men who had viewed more porn in 2008 were more likely to support same-sex marriage in 2010.  Specifically, the study abstract said, “Support for same-sex marriage did not prospectively predict pornography consumption, but pornography consumption did prospectively predict support for same-sex marriage. Education was also positively associated with support for same-sex marriage.”

Well there ya go… Persons perverted by the dysfunction wrought by pornography are more willing to embrace ‘deviant’ behavior.  I shall now have just cause to cast a sideways glance at my friends who support gay marriage – thinking to myself “I know what you’ve been watching!”

Did They Find Richard III? Maybe Not

Doubts are already being expressed as to the identity of the remains recently identified as those of Richard III.  Leave it to the Danes!  (I love the Danes.  I’m actually an honorary Copenhagener).

r3A few archaeologists have noted that researchers from the University of Leicester held a press conference to announce the DNA identification of the remains of Richard III before the results were reviewed by their peers. DNA from ancient sources is very susceptible to contamination. “The DNA results presented today are too weak, as they stand, to support the claim that DNA is actually from Richard III. …It seems to me that osteological as well as archaeological evidence is stronger,” commented Maria Avila of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Avila adds that mitochondrial DNA can be shared by people who are not otherwise related. She would like to know how common this particular DNA profile is in the United Kingdom.

So ha!  Maybe you didn’t find Richard III.  Maybe you just found a parking attendant…  The dude doesn’t even look like his picture!r3g

And Still Another…

Had enough yet?  

baby_gunA 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy.  Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Associated Press.  Investigators determined that Tmorej and his 7-year-old sister had been playing with a pink handgun when the incident occurred.

And the NRA rejoiced, because, once more, individual gun ownership even by the most careless is demonstrated to be protected, inviolate, and, amazingly, idolatrously and disastrously sacred.

News From Britain

calv67British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his Conservative Party.

In a first House of Commons vote, lawmakers voted 400 to 175 in support of the legislation. There was strong support from the left-leaning Labour Party and Liberal Democrats party, but many Conservatives rejected the proposals.

The bill will have to go through more detailed parliamentary debates and a vote in the House of Lords, where a vote in favor is likely given the strong support Tuesday. If it becomes law, the proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents.

Sigh.  See what Calvin looks like?  That’s my present expression.

Quote of the Day

mel47It is impossible to love God unless faith has first accepted the forgiveness of sins. A heart that really feels God’s wrath cannot love him unless it sees that he is reconciled. While he terrifies us and seems to be casting us into eternal death, human nature cannot bring itself to love a wrathful, judging, punishing God. It is easy enough for idle men to make up these dreams that a man guilty of mortal sin can love God above all things, since they themselves do not feel the wrath or judgment of God.  — Philip Melanchthon

Indeed!

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I’ve just returned from a trip to Baylor University (Waco, Texas), invited there to give a public lecture (hosted by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion), and also to take part in the first papyri “workshop” organized under the auspices of the Green Scholars Initiative (GSI).  I had heard of the GSI, and the rumors of newly identified papyri (including early copies of NT texts) that are to be published in coming years have been circulating for many months now.  So, I was pleased at last to learn first-hand something of the organization and the projects sponsored.

The Green project arises from the acquisition of a number of ancient papyri (fragments of varying sizes) that have not heretofore been identified or published.  After a preliminary identification, these are individually made available to selected scholars for more detailed analysis, leading to formal publication in a series published by E. J. Brill (Leiden).  In the…

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Seminars on the Dead Sea Scrolls at Yeshiva University

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Via Jack Sasson-

Yeshiva University announces the initiation of the Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar, under the direction of Professors Lawrence H. Schiffman and Moshe J. Bernstein. We plan to meet three times a semester for a presentation on current research, with a respondent, by scholars of the Scrolls in the broader NYC metropolitan area. Once a year, toward the end of the Spring semester, we will have a one-day conference on the Scrolls, open to both scholarly and public audiences.

The first of the Seminars for the Spring 2013 semester will take place Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM in Belfer 1214 on the Wilf campus. Our initial presenter will be Professor Moshe Bernstein, Denenberg Chair in Biblical Studies, Yeshiva University, speaking on “Poetry and Rhetoric in the Genesis Apocryphon.” The respondent will be Dr. Richard Hidary, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.

The second Seminar will take place at the Beren (midtown) campus of Yeshiva University, Lexington Avenue and 35th St. at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (exact location TBD) and the third Seminar will take place the Wilf campus at 5:45 PM on Tuesday April 23, 2013 (exact location TBD). The date for the end-of-year conference has not been finalized, but it will most likely take place in May 2013.

If you plan on attending, please respond to Amy Rotheim Sullivan at rotheims@yu.edu.

I’m Afraid I Share Luther’s View of Physicians

luther09On 5 February, 1538, Luther remarked

Wretched is the man who relies on the help of physicians. I don’t deny that medicine is a gift of God and I don’t reject this knowledge, but where are the physicians who are perfect?

There aren’t any, Martin.  That’s why they call it ‘practicing’ medicine.  None of them really know what they’re doing, they’re just practicing.  On you…