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First Links - 12.01.11

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The Costs of Taking Conscience Public Discourse , Michael Fragoso Same-Sex Couples Have No Right to Marry ABC Religion and Ethics , David Novak Read Schuchardt on Media, Tech, and Religion Christian Leadership Center , Interview by Leroy Huizenga 100 Men Standing against Portland’s Gangs . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus Has AIDS

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Since today is World AIDS Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to dust off this provocative article from 2009 by theologian Russell Moore: Jesus has AIDS. Just reading that in the type in front of you probably has some of you angry. Let me help you see why that is, and, in so doing, why caring . . . . Continue Reading »

The Great Atonement

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In his critical appreciation of the recently departed theologian John Stott, Carl Trueman includes this delightfully apt digression : Death is, of course, the great atonement.  I have commented before on how you only have to die these days in order to have all of your sins, both great and . . . . Continue Reading »

Get Out of Jail By Marrying Your Rapist

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Remember when the U.S. aided the establishment of a theocracy in Afghanistan ? Here is what we helped to create : Lawyers in Afghanistan recently came to the conclusion that the best way to strike a plea bargain for a rape victim is to grant her the option to marry the man who raped her. This . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 11.29.11

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The Sex Addiction Epidemic Newsweek , Chris Lee Key Task for Catholic Higher Ed Inside Higher Education , Rev. Gregory Kalscheur The Ethics of Quantitative Easing: A Catholic Perspective Comment , Charles Clark Legal Battle Ignites Over Jesus Statue in Montana New York Times , Dan Frosch . . . . Continue Reading »

Islamic Fundamentalism in the U.K.

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A Christian woman in the U.K. claims she lost her job after being targeted by Islamic extremists : Nohad Halawi, who worked at Heathrow Airport, is suing her former employers for unfair dismissal, claiming that she and other Christian staff at the airport were victims of systematic harassment . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 11.28.11

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Where Have All the Catholic Writers Gone? The Millions , Robert Fay Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans Los Angeles Times , Jenny Deam Sexual Abuse and Moral Indifference Public Discourse , Mary Graw Leary Father’s presence cuts delinquency rates Herald Sun , . . . . Continue Reading »