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Religion & Other Curiosities
Immigration in the Modern World
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Dreams of Home

An Austrian novelist once wrote “Home is where one was a child.” Stories from around the world illustrate how immigration is a very difficult moral issue for liberal democracies today.

Around The Web
America Curiosa

Some stories of interest—”and other curiosities”—from around the web.

Theodicy Today
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Forgiving God?

A sermon preached on the eve of Yom Kippur by a Conservative rabbi in Seattle makes for some startling reading.

Three Approaches to Social Liberalization
Rome, Canterbury and Moscow

As Pope Francis appears to be tacitly approving certain liberalizations in the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury canceled the upcoming Lambeth Conference due to strong opposition from African clergy to the Anglican Church’s developing attitudes on gay clergy and bishops, same-sex couples, and generally tolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church seeks to “return Europe to its true self”.

The First Amendment
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The Mayor of Houston and the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs

Every presidency creates an institutional culture which trickles down all the way to city halls in the provinces. Obama’s tone-deafness on religious freedom has had palpable consequences across the land.

Secularism
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In the Matter of Incest

In mid-September, the German Ethics Council recommended that sexual relations between consenting adult siblings be decriminalized. It is worth noting how all arguments presented in the Council’s carefully worded document are of a completely secular nature.

Peace
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“Speaking Truth to Power” Redux

A group of progressive Methodists, accompanied by similar-minded other Protestants and Catholics, signed an “Open Letter to President Obama” earlier this summer warning against intervention in the Middle East, even as congress and public opinion have been moved toward action. Are they “speaking truth to power”, or just talking to themselves?

Chemin Neuf and the Community of Bose
A New Monasticism

What could monastic life today look like? Two attempts at reimagining how it could thrive in the twenty-first century.

Noisy Worship
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Joyful Noises

There is ample Biblical warrant for noisy worship. And indeed, noisemaking is a feature of many different religious traditions.

Putin & Al-Baghdadi
Genocidal Murders and Ordinary Thuggery

There is no moral equivalence between the Islamic State and Putin’s Russia—the first is a genocidal totalitarianism while the second is brutally authoritarian, but not genocidal. But both want to carve out new or enlarged states across internationally recognized borders, both threaten international stability, and both ultimately legitimate themselves in religious terms.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

Chinese chips are developing a reef in the Spratly Islands into a major airstrip and a naval port, according to a recent defense report.

Where the Wind's Blowing

Sarkozy is reaching out to far-right voters, in the run-up to a Presidential election in which he’s likely to face off against Marine Le Pen.

Let My People Go

Kuwait has a novel solution to the problem of stateless workers. But the Gulf has a long record of mistreating its labor force—which is undermining its efforts at soft power.

Xi's Party Purge

Some of the details from the recent arrests of “tigers” in China’s anti-corruption purge are truly staggering. This week, China arrested a general with an actual ton of cash in his home.

A Taxing Tax Rate

At this year’s Davis Cup, it’s the Swiss vs. the Swiss-living.

Death and Taxes

The imperial IRS makes a new fan.

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