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Church and the Russian University. Fundamentalism as a result of secularization, not an expression of tradition. “Shifting Politics in the World’s Newest Nation.” “How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists.” Thanks to a lingering hatred for Communism… The most significant Chinese political event of 2011. Getting arms around the cult of Kim Jong Il. Continue Reading →

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Whattayaknow?! Mormons handle money differently than the rest of us. Same with the Mennonites, and the Jews.

Is the Fall true or just factual?  Or both?  And what does that mean for Catholicism? Or, as the always witty @danielsilliman asked via twitter, in response to this, aliens?

Charisma confuses mission work in North Korea with human rights work.  Yes, freedom of conscience should be a human right, but just dropping Christian flyers into North Korea isn’t really human rights work, folks.

Country music star Collin Raye is the new national spokesperson for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

Birth panels:  Conservative Catholic groups dissatisfied with the rigor of the conscience clauses in the Obama Administration’s health care bill are organizing to support Jeff Fortenberry’s “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.”  It would “permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan.”  It would expand denominational health care nationally, prohibiting patients from receiving the full range of medically sound treatments (or meaningful referrals, or informed consent) at denominational hospitals.  Four of the top 10 HMOs in the US, by the way, are Catholic.

Celebrate Yom Kippur with all the dirty hippies in Zuccotti Park tomorrow night.

Everybody’s hating on Jim Wallis and Evangelicals.  Here’s why.  (They’ve apparently forgotten what persecution does for him!)

Some good #OWS Links:  Metamovement.  Blame yourself. Is America. Everything. Continue Reading →