True, the fact that Republicans could have won control of the Senate already, had a number of winnable races turned out differently, might just be evidence that the party has been unlucky, and that its luck is due to change. But to me, it seems like evidence that fortune favors the politically effective, which (despite recent reformist stirrings) I suspect the G.O.P. of 2014, like the G.O.P. 2012, is not."
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St. Rocco’s Feast Processional 1940 Youngstown (by anglican11)
Feast of Saint Rocco annual procession, August of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio. This procession would march through the streets of Brier Hill for 4 or 5 hours as the faithful would pin money and jewelry to the stole on the statue as a gift to the Church and a sign of their devotion. Residents would also serve food and beer in front of their homes along the route. St. Rocco’s was founded by Italian immigrants as an independant Catholic Church and received into the Episcopal Church in 1918. Although worship was high church Anglican, The Italian customs were retained as well, sometimes at the annoyance of some of the Episcopal Bishops during the Church’s history.
|“I think one of the problems is that for a long time evangelical Christianity, at the lay populist level, has had a narrow vision of religious liberty, because we haven’t had a lot of threats to it in a real sense,” Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Q&A podcast on the agency’s website.|
|Moore noted that makes his job harder in a couple of ways.|
|“You have some people who haven’t thought through that what our Baptist forebears were saying is right—that religious liberty is an image-of-God issue; it’s not a who-has-the-most-votes issue,” he said.|
|“That means we’re the people who ought to be saying the loudest ‘We don’t want the mayor and the city council to say that a mosque can’t be in our town,’” he said.|
|“The mayor and the city council that can say that is a mayor and a city council ... that has too much power. The government doesn’t decide that. We’ve got to be the people who are saying that.”|
|“And then secondly. we’ve had a lot of people who have cried wolf over situations,” he continued. “They’ve cried persecution when there is no persecution|
That much is understood in Downing Street, where a gnawing doubt about the referendum gets worse by the day. The vote takes place in five months this Friday. Angst rather than panic describes the feeling apparent among those involved – but is it just a momentary loss of nerve, or a dawning realisation that something is seriously wrong?
The No campaign commands a lead that by any other standard would be regarded as comfortable. But it has been narrowing, prompting suggestions that exposing the perils of separation has, perversely, encouraged Scots to go it alone. The truth is hurting, but not in the way intended."