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August 23, 2010

Monday's News & Ideas

Defending the faith, from infanticide to genocide
Toronto Globe and Mail: Judeo-Christian beliefs gave the world its most important spiritual value: an obligatory reverence for life.

Worry isn't work
Harvard Business Review (blog): Many of us have grown up thinking that if we are properly self-punishing then we are somehow being responsible.

U.S. anti-Islam protest seen as lift for extremists
The New York Times: Some counterterrorism experts say anti-Muslim sentiment in Islamic-center debate is playing into the hands of extremists.
Catholic News Service: New York mosque controversy echoes anti-Catholicism of another era
Salt Lake Tribune: Mormonism's '9/11 mosque moment' came in 1903

Troops: Skipping Christian concert got us punished
Associated Press: Soldiers who refused to attend a Christian band's concert at a Virginia military base says they were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up.

Too many pastors, not enough work
The (Springfield, Ill.) State Journal-Register: There's either a pastor glut or a pastor shortage, depending largely on where you live.

I'm an atheist but this anti-Catholic rhetoric is making me nervous
The (London) Guardian: The church's critics have been mobilized by the Pope's upcoming visit to the UK, but the rhetoric is tipping over into the extreme, columnist says.

The Spark

Open road wasn't quite open to all
Before the Civil Rights Act, African-American travelers in the United States never knew where they would be welcome. For almost three decades, many relied on a booklet -- "The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide" -- to help them decide where they could comfortably eat, sleep, buy gas, shop or go out at night. Those who needed to know about "the Green Book" knew about it, the New York Times reports. To much of the rest of America it was invisible, and by 1964, when the last edition was published, it slipped through the cracks into history.

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