Monday's News & Ideas

  • Defending the faith
  • Worry isn't work
  • Fueling Al Qaeda's claims
  • Pastor glut or shortage
  • Not so open road

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

Worry isn't workHarvard 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 extremistsThe 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 eraSalt Lake Tribune: Mormonism's '9/11 mosque moment' came in 1903

Troops: Skipping Christian concert got us punishedAssociated 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 workThe (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 nervousThe (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 allBefore 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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