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August 23, 2013

Friday's News & Ideas

Christians and the myth of the "hookup culture"
Religion News Service: Conservative Christians have decried a growing "hookup culture" among America's youth. New data shows they were wrong.

The charity that just gives money to poor people
NPR: The idea behind GiveDirectly is straight out of Econ 101: Poor people know what they need, and if you give them money, they can buy it.

The US State Department's embrace of religion makes a lot of sense
The (London) Guardian: America's new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives will extend US diplomacy efforts to religious leaders and groups.

Gay detective's mother booted from church
CNN Belief blog: After publicly supporting her daughter, the mother of a gay detective has been booted from the Tennessee church she attended for decades.

Beauty and beer: Monks' outreach is part of new evangelization
Catholic News Service: For the 18 members of St. Benedict's monastery, life is still about prayer. If the prayer doesn't come first, the beer is going to suffer.

The Spark

Alms and gimmicks for the poor
In Boston, artist Kenji Nakayama has launched the "Signs for the Homeless" project, replacing homemade panhandling signs with eye-catching, professionally designed creations. In The New Yorker, Emily Greenhouse says the project may be tasteless, but anything inventive enough to get us to confront those suffering from homelessness is doing some good.

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