'But the emerging details ...'
More details are surfacing about National Geographic's well-orchestrated PR campaign surrounding the 'Judas Gospel.' They include a Swiss art dealer and a bank account posing as a 'foundation.' ... So now we also know this: When National Geographic's PR people said 'hop,' the media hopped. ... Does anyone seriously think the 'Judas Gospel' is anything more than the rantings of some nut? The manuscript may be 'authentic' in the sense it's really 1,800 years old etc. But National Geographic -- just before Easter, just before the 'Da Vinci Code's release in movie theaters, etc. -- has been leaving the impression it might be a gospel-truth 'gospel.' National Geographic may be a non-profit organization. But it's clearly learned lessons from Time and Newsweek magazines: Well-timed biblical stories are big sellers.... Massachusetts: A Red State?:
This is an interesting map
showing religious adherence across the nation. Note how blue-state Massachusetts comes out red. Shows once again how the Bay State is a bit more complicated than the liberal stereotype, though Massachusetts undeniably remains a big sucker for secular big-government programs
. And only now they tell us the health-care program will be broke in three years.
... Where was I? Oh yes. Those godless heathens in northern New England, Florida and northern California! ... P.S. - I'd like to see a similar religious map after the 2010 census, i.e. after the Catholic church's sex-abuse scandals. I'd prefer not to see the financial state of our new 'landmark' health-care law. ... Map via AS