Nuns who pose as prostitutes to battle trafficking

An organization of religious sisters called Talitha Kum (Mark 5:41) is devoted to battling sex trafficking and slavery.  One of their techniques is to dress up as prostitutes so as to infiltrate brothels, then rescue the children and slaves who are being used sexually.

According to the group’s website, this is not a separate order, but an organization comprising members of any religious order who wish to address this cause.  More details after the jump. [Read more...]

A majority of Democrats like socialism

Bernie Sanders has made socialism cool again.  56% of Democrats now have a positive impression of socialism.  Among Hillary Clinton supporters, 52% do. [Read more...]

The misguided explanations of ISIS

You have got to read Mollie Hemingway’s Federalist piece 16 Of The Worst Ways To Respond To ISIS’ Paris Attack.

Read every word.  After the jump is a sample, a Facebook post she quotes. [Read more...]

New comment system updates

Jack Donaldson reports on changes to the World Table comment system, thanks to your input.  Some of them (e.g., bigger and more legible font; ability to get e-mail notifications) have been implemented.  He also gives the status of other, more important changes that they are working on.  Read what he says after the jump. [Read more...]

Christians won’t qualify as victims of genocide

An upcoming State Department report will charge ISIS with genocide against the Yazidis, a small ethnic group in Syria.  But it will not use that term to describe the ISIS efforts to eradicate Christians.  “If true,” says Nina Shea, “it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.” [Read more...]

Could the Scandinavian model work here?

Bernie Sanders is proposing that the United States adopt the “democratic socialism” of the Scandinavian countries (though they reverse the emphasis in calling their ideology “social democracy”).  As a follow up to my recent visit to Denmark and Norway, I came upon two articles that touched on the cultural factors–including their Lutheran heritage–that make that system work, not only in Europe but with Scandinavian immigrants in America. [Read more...]