Daily Links: Wed., Dec. 7: Muppets, Tebow, Rick Perry

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Who knew the Muppets, bringers of joy and happiness to children for decades, could incite such defensiveness from grown adults? Christian Century eloquently takes said adults to task for this and, among other things, failing to fact check before politicizing Muppets. Meanwhile, an Episcopal priest finds the story told in the new Muppets’ movie not unlike the story the church faces today.

Unfortunately, the blogosphere just won’t quit with all the Tim Tebow talk. What used to be a funny joke between Liz Lefebvre and me, has now become an insurmountable and maddening task. For the past few weeks, we, both on the side of “haters” (it's not personal) in the Tebow debates, have been starting our mornings by emailing the latest blog post waxing on about the virtues of Tebow, whining about why people just don’t like him (usually because the haters are deficient in some way, OF COURSE), and the occasional sane post about how Tim Tebow is actually not a good NFL player (I suggest replaying Denver’s games on your Tevo and reflecting on just who is doing the winning in these games). These days, the posts are multiplying and we just can’t keep up!

Our own Scott Alessi asks whether Rick Perry’s new campaign ad is “strong or just plain wrong.” Perry’s new tactic is to appeal to faithful voters’ sense of pride over being Christian. “I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian," Perry starts off saying. "But you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” His slippery logic is certainly just a taste of what’s to come in the New Year.