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Rome’s “Welcome” To Homosexuals

In early October, a draft of a Vatican synod report on family life spoke of “welcoming [homosexuals] . . . to a fraternal place in our communities [emphasis added].” Criticism came quickly from many quarters, including some of the bishops who had participated in the synod. Just as quickly, the wording in English was softened […]

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Sharia Law and Muslim Morality

To people raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the punishments called for in Sharia law are shocking. And even more shocking is the widespread approval of those punishments by Muslims around the world. The punishment for adultery is stoning people to death, typically by burying the offenders in sand up to their necks and then having […]

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Feminism and Sharia Law

The last group one would expect to be helping advance Sharia (Islamic) law is feminists, and yet they are doing just that, albeit unintentionally. As is well known, Feminism opposes male domination and the political and social systems that perpetuate it and discriminate against women. In contrast, Sharia law prescribes and celebrates male domination and […]

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Adjusting Our Expectations

There is an old saying, “Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” Whether it was first uttered as pithy wisdom or a tongue-in-cheek comment on the likelihood of disappointment is not known. But either way, the idea is interesting. The pertinent question is, of course, expect from whom? Other people […]

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Understanding Obama & Ourselves

Why is President Obama so intent on changing America? And why have so many Americans supported the policies and programs producing the changes? Though the questions are almost identical, the answers are very different. The answer to the first question is that Obama is an anti-colonialist. That is, he is outraged by the way western […]

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Gadgets and Grace

If God attempts to communicate with Americans or other westerners these days, chances are He’ll get a busy signal. Our romance with cell phones, not to mention laptops and tablets, video games, music devices, and other electronic gadgets has passed the point of preoccupation and in some cases has reached obsession. Many of us are […]

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A Christian View Of Self

“That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ—all these are undoubtedly great virtues . . . But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very […]

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The Decline Of Thinking

An interesting observation about the prevalence of inconsistencies and contradictions is making the email rounds. “Food for Thought” by someone named or pen-named Junius P. Long is a simple list of eleven examples, including these: Children need a note from parents to bring an aspirin to school but not to get an abortion. We need […]

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Albert Einstein and Socialism

Someone recently sent me an article noting Albert Einstein’s favorable view of Socialism. Knowing that I have been critical of socialist ideas in the past, he asked whether Einstein’s statements changed my mind. It was a fair question. After all, Einstein is widely considered one of the great scientific thinkers of all time, so it […]

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Lessons From Ferguson

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 illustrate clearly how belief shapes people’s judgments and reactions. The initial report contained little more than the fact that a white police officer had shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black high school graduate soon to enter college. But for many people that was enough […]

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