Is your Bible good enough to eat? This strange question occurred to me when I heard an interesting conversation between a student and her teacher.
The young girl questioned the teacher about the famous clock in London.
"You must mean, 'Big Ben'," said the teacher. more >>
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess,'" Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
"But usually we end up doing okay because the American people are good people. ... Sometimes our politics doesn't express all the goodness of the people," he said, without referring specifically to any of the presidential candidates. more >>
Recently, I wrote an article about a presentation at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia last month. In response to that piece, I was accused of setting up a straw man and then attacking same.
The speaker in question, Paul Kivel, is the founder of "the Challenging Christian Hegemony Project."
While Kivel in his talk apparently issued a wide-ranging indictment of Christianity's influence, perhaps it was an overstatement to say that he "blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world" — although he indeed blames institutional Christianity for much of it. more >>
Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming? That question was the focus of a lecture hosted by the highly regarded Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday.
According to an advertisement posted on MIT's website, the MIT Global Studies and Language Department's Ecology and Justice Forum hosted Ghassan Hage, a Lebanese-born future generation professor at the University of Melbourne, for a discussion on the connection between two major focuses for liberal social and environmental justice warriors — Islamophobia and global warming.
"This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis," the online advertisement states. more >>
Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>
Commitment to even a good cause is absurdly difficult to achieve in our highly partisan national and local politics. However, I know that it is profoundly within our reach.
The two-party system engenders a competition of ideas that could be healthy and productive — but too often now it engenders mere deceit and destructive divisiveness.
The excessively partisan climate of 2016 so far is both deeply disappointing and discouraging. Legitimate political differences are quite significant this year — but the heated rhetoric has mostly overshadowed and clouded even those strategic differences. And most of the news media provides precious little help, hampered as they often are by their own deeply distorting biases! more >>