Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Links - Annunciation, Scary Lights, and Praying for the President

I love this painting of the Annunciation. (Hat tip to Simcha Fisher.)

Study: Some Eco-Friendly Lightbulbs May Put Health At Risk:
Money saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation, according to a new study. Research at Long Island’s Stony Brook found that the bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells . . . “It can also cause skin cancer in the deadliest for, and that’s melanoma,” said Dr. Rebecca Tung.
"Praying for the President":
President Obama is right to take the Oath on the Bible, but he is wrong to reject its morality. He is divisive to reject the morality of many Americans and most of the globe in a fit of parochial, partisan exclusion.
If President Obama doesn’t want the prayers of good men like Lou Giglio, then he doesn’t want my prayers. And yet the Bible, the morality of the Bible, commands I pray for him anyway. I must love him, I must honor him, and I must ask God to give him wisdom. And so I will pray tonight as I have every night:
“God save our Republic and my President Barack Obama.”

If you've got any good links to add, please do leave them in the comm box!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell


jen said...

The Civitate article is erroneous in saying that Obama doesn't want the prayers of Louie Giglio. Giglio resigned because there was controversy about a sermon he preached back in the early days of his ministry. One of the basic things they should teach you in ministry is that anything you say or do can be used against you at any possible time for any possible purpose.

President Obama chose him because he is a well-known evangelical just as he chose Rick Warren last time. There was controversy around Rick Warren's selection but he has enough of a following and enough clout that he persevered and offered the prayer.

If it had been the President saying "I don't want your prayers", I would let things be. However, that isn't what happened.

Jessica Snell said...

I don't think it's erroneous necessarily (it might or might not be true - nobody knows if President privately wished Giglio to step down), but you're right about it being unfounded, at the very least.

I actually posted it not because of the Giglio issue, but because I found the back-and-forth conversation with the puppet internet "Troll" interesting.

jen said...

I will admit that I missed the dialogue with the Troll. (I was reading it before watching the Livestream of the funeral of a friend.) My bad.

They have now invited an Episcopal priest from DC to do the benediction.