Jewish date: 11 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Beshallaḥ).
Today’s holiday: Feast of Timothy and Titus (Roman Catholicism).
Worthy causes of the day: “action.firedoglake.com | Tell House Progressives: Stand Up for Real Reform, Vote Down the Senate Bill” and “Payment Cuts for Medicare Physicians are Bad News for Older Americans - The Petition Site”. Also: I got my H1N1 influenza shot this morning. Please consider getting your H1N1 flu shot and save someone else from getting the disease.
Topic 1: “Pope to priests: Go forth and blog”. It may sound a bit odd, but Pope Benedict XVI is being practical. The mission of Christianity is to evangelize, so it makes perfect sense for the Roman Catholic Church to be pushing social media on the Internet.
Topic 2: More religious intolerance: “Horrors of religious violence found in Nigeria” (Muslim versus Christian), “Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Life under ‘Blasphemy’ Law” (Muslim against Christian), “Lahore: 12-year-old Christian domestic worker killed by Muslim employer” (Muslim against Christian), and “For bigots, Israel can do no right” (anti-Semitic against Jewish). I know these themes are like a broken record, but these problems do not go away quickly or on their own.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor, this contribution by Barry: “Son of Ceiling Cat walks on ice”: