Day: February 14, 2009

Alison Des Forges, rest in peace

Jeff Sharlett: Among the dead of Continental Flight 3407 in Buffalo was a 66-year-old historian and activist named Alison Des Forges. In a short essay about the Rwandan genocide for The Revealer in 2004, I referred to Des Forges’ 1999 book on the subject, Leave None to Tell the Story, as “a painful masterwork.

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Saint Valentine’s Day

At Religion Dispatches, Louis A. Reprecht asks, “How have we gone from a beheaded priest to a giddy worldwide day of romantic love? In a

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Fred Barnes’ unique brand of journalism

Fred Barnes, a board member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, and perpetrator of smears against Bishop Gene Robinson continues to practice his unique brand of journalism. Check out his latest on global warming.

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Seasons out of synch

I have lived most of my life in the Southern Hemisphere. Christmas, to us, is at the beginning of Summer, and in some places is followed by temperatures that are close to 100 F degrees. Easter, on the contrary, marks the beginning of Fall. On the other side of the planet, and to a large number of believers, none of the environmental metaphors associated with Christian holidays match.

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Priests and teachers

O Cyril and Methodius, inspired by God,

You became equal to the Apostles by your life.

Since you were teachers of the Slavs,

Intercede with the Master of all

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