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The Price of Convenient Falsehood, Part 2

September 19, 2010

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Imagine yourself. You’re a typical working-stiff alien in a cloaked vessel 400 miles above the Earth. Your unit’s mission: Keep an eye on those niggling humans. Your individual specialty: Raucous America. Your conclusion: No deep-space bonus was worth … this.

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A round-up of thoughtful thinkers thinking thoughtfully — I think

September 14, 2010

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I’m still floored by yesterday’s discovery. It’s as if I unearthed a thirst-quenching pool in a dune-filled desert. I actually stumbled across depth, insight and acumen. Really. No kidding. Thinkers are thinking after all. There is wisdom beyond the rants of talking heads — and the people in the street (or at their laptops, at least) deserve to know. Today’s mission is to bring their thoughts to the foreground. Call this a “brain-power round up.”

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“When America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold”

September 10, 2010

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“These and some other events that took place in the West have had destructive impacts on Christians in the developing parts of the world.”

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Grabbing Peacemaker Mojo

September 9, 2010

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It’s time for the peacemakers to get savvy in a lurid culture – even now, at this stage, when we’re clutching the polished vacuum cleaner after the salesman leaves with his I’ve-just-conned-another-sucker grin and our faces are tomato-red and the thoughts fly: I’ve been tricked, hoodwinked, duped … had! What happened? How’d we get here? Why?

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What Would Jesus Do? And other important questions about Christians, Cordoba House and book burning

September 8, 2010

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On Saturday September 11, the United States will once again relive the horrors of the attack on the World Trade Center nine years ago. I’m writing this on a September morning very much like that morning: cool, crisp and clear. The day’s events pushed our nation into its two longest wars, first in Afghanistan and then Iraq, and jolted us into sudden awareness of Islam – or, more especially, of a radical, fundamentalist form and its loose terrorist network, which will be with us for a long time. These terrorists have killed and maimed more Muslims than non-Muslims.

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Hoisting the flag of resistance

August 31, 2010

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John Rankin of Hartford’s Theological Education Institute remains steadfast. Rankin, a man of gentle persistence and stubborn patience, is revving up his pressure the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, which plans on burning the Qur’an on September 11.

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Saying No to Burning the Koran: Follow-up

August 30, 2010

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Some Christians are speaking out against the Dove World Outreach Center’s plan to burn the Qur’an this upcoming September 11 — but, as Jennifer S. Bryson indicates, we need more than tut-tut position statements.

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Loving Muslims and saying no to book burnings

August 25, 2010

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It’ll be a nation-wide movement … No-no. That’s too small. Make it hemispheric … better yet, outright global: a pan-cultural, pan-continental, pan-societal, pan-everything human wave sweeping through North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Greenland, and Antarctica.

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