Friday Free-for-All

Before we get to this morning’s round-up, I just want to thank those readers who have given to IC’s fundraising drive this week. Your support means a lot, since it’s you guys whom we aim to please!

If you haven’t donated yet, please do consider it. Like Brian said, every little bit helps: If everyone who visited this page today gave even $5, there’s no telling the difference we could make…

So consider me your bell-ringing Santa for the morning, and drop some change in the bucket while you’re here.

On to the morning’s links!


  • America is the land of mix-and-match religion, says a recent Pew Report: “Though the U.S. is an overwhelmingly Christian country, significant minorities say they hold beliefs of the sort found at Buddhist temples or New Age bookstores. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed overall and 22 percent of Christians say they believe in reincarnation, the idea that people will be reborn in this world again and again.”
  • Sick: Berkeley’s city council sends coat hangers to U.S. representatives who voted for the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
  • So this may have technically been a “failed” missile launch, but given the general confusion that resulted, I’d still call it at least a partial success.
  • If you’re one of those people who likes to observe Advent by holding off on the Christmas hymns until December 25 (ahem, Zoe), stepping out of the house this time of year can be a frustrating venture. I try to fight fire with fire by loading my iPod with Advent music, but that list tends to be a good deal shorter.

    So what are some of your favorite Advent hymns? One tune that’s always in heavy rotation for me isn’t even technically an Advent hymn, but I can think of few songs that are a better prayer of preparation than this one. Sufjan Stevens’ recording blows me away with its simplicity (but then again, I love banjos).

    Have other suggestions? Be sure to leave them in the comments.

Margaret Cabaniss


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

Crisis Magazine Comments Policy

This is a Catholic forum. As such:

  1. All comments must directly address the article. “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.” (Matthew 12:36)
  2. No profanity, ad hominems, hot tempers, or racial or religious invectives. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
  3. We will not tolerate heresy, calumny, or attacks upon our Holy Mother Church or Holy Father. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
  4. Keep it brief. No lengthy rants or block quotes. “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
  5. If you see a comment that doesn’t meet our standards, please flag it so a moderator may remove it. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” (Galatians 6:1)
  6. All comments may be removed at the moderators’ discretion. “But of that day and hour no one knows…” (Matthew 24:36)
  7. Crisis isn’t responsible for the content of the comments box. Comments do not represent the views of Crisis magazine, its editors, authors, or publishers. “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God… So each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:10, 12)