Day: January 5, 2008

A handbook for Muslim teens

“I went to bed on Sept. 10th an American, and on Sept. 11th, I became a Muslim in people’s minds,” says Imran Hafiz, a high school sophomore in Phoenix. He was only in fourth grade back then, but that shift in perceptions affected Imran directly. A few days later, his pals at school told him he couldn’t play soccer with them anymore, “because you’re a Taliban.”

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Pastors criticize Kenyan bishops

In an article headlined, “Clergy accused of bias in crisis,” The Sunday Nation of Nairobi reports “pastors from various churches said it was shameful that foreign clerics, such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, have had to come to reconcile Kenyan leaders as local bishops kept mum or took sides.”

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Scaife family values

Richard Mellon Scaife, who has helped finance the campaign against the full inclusion of gay and lesbian Christians in the Church through his contributions to the Institute on Religion and Democracy, is the subject of an intriguing profile in Vanity Fair magazine. It turns out that Scaife favors open marriage.

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The Wire returns

The best show on television returns tomorrow night at 9 p. m. on HBO. The Wire is the most honest, the most searching, the most moving examination of life in an American city that has ever been written or performed. It is the kind of work Charles Dickens would be doing were he alive today. If you haven’t watched it yet, get to the video store and grab seasons one through four. Then tune in tomorrow night.

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Preacher men

It is perhaps no surprise that the religious left is comfortable with Barack Obama. “We are people of faith, we are pro-choice, pro-gay lesbian equality, civil rights, says one supporter. “He’s giving us a voice.” What’s intriguing is how uncomfortable the political right is with Mike Huckabee’s interpretation of the Bible’s teaching on economic justice.

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What was she thinking?

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Fort Worth has determined that there were no wise women visiting the infant Jesus and has sent out

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Apocalypse, soon

One consequence of Western societies’ obsessive preoccupation with the apocalypse-to-come is that less and less creative energy is devoted to confronting the all too important problems that exist in the here and now, writes Frank Furedi.

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A “Great Debater” looks back

“I never expected the movie to cause so much interest, so much attention to my inner life,” Henrietta Bell Wells said. It has been exciting and stressful all at the same time, but bring up “Denzel” and a smile lights up her face. “He is a jewel and a gentleman. The first time he saw me, he said, ‘Well, I’ve got another grandma.’ I felt so proud,” Wells beamed.

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Uncontrollable mystery

The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor. The magi mysteriously shimmer as faces in the sky, forever peering back behind Calvary to their encounter with the baby lying on the stable floor among oxen and asses, a revelation so mysterious that its depths still baffle them, ever preventing them from being satisfied.

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