Archives for June 2012

Church of the Nativity News

Unesco has granted endangered world heritage status and funding for repairs to the site seen as Jesus’s birthplace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, despite objections from the US and Israel. Israeli officials have questioned the need for Bethlehem to be registered as an endangered site and see Palestinian moves at Unesco and other UN [Read More…]

German Invasion into the Sanctuary

From The Guardian: What’s the solution to this? Have a medical doctor alongside the “cutter”? Jewish and Muslim leaders were united on Wednesday in their condemnation of a German court’s decision to in effect outlaw the circumcision of boys after a judge deemed that the religious practice amounted to bodily harm. Representatives of the two [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

When heaven and earth meet, by Fr Rob. My friend Jim Martin‘s got three good prefaces that might influence your life: ““This may not be right, but . . .” “I don’t want to gossip, but . . .” “Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but . . .” Rachel’s right: there are times when the [Read More…]

A Pervasive Issue in Parenting

From Elizabeth Kolbert: It’s a fact. American children are not as responsible as children elsewhere, and even more not as responsible as they need to be to enter into the work force as adults. What are we doing about this? What’s the #1 suggestion for you? Ochs and Izquierdo noted, in their paper on the [Read More…]

A Colossal Shift

Exodus International has been known for rescuing gays and lesbians, healing them, and reordering their sexual lives toward heterosexuality. They have not made overly extravagant claims for success but if anyone group has this reputation it is Exodus International. Until now. I consider this news to be evidence of a colossal shift with Exodus International. [Read More…]

Knowing-Doing Connection Examined

This post is by Ann F-R, and it concerns Jonathan Haidt’s new book, The Righteous Mind, a book exposing how minds work — or how minds don’t work — and how irrational forces are often at work in our decisions, leading us to justify more than to think. In Scot’s Weekly Meanderings on June 16th, [Read More…]

Revising Fast and Furious

This is an important article in Fortune: On Dec. 14, 2010, a tragic event rewrote the narrative of the investigation. In a remote stretch of Peck Canyon, Ariz., Mexican bandits attacked an elite U.S. Border Patrol unit and killed an agent named Brian Terry. The attackers fled, leaving behind two semiautomatic rifles. A trace of [Read More…]

This Could be Huge

If Muslims begin to return more and more to the Al-Aqsa mosque, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem or the Noble Sanctuary for Muslims, I would think this could be huge — politically and socially — in Jerusalem. Jews call the raised ground at the eastern edge of Jerusalem’s Old City the Temple Mount, while [Read More…]

Why I Write

By Maria Popova, a summary of why George Orwell wrote: Orwell begins with some details about his less-than-idyllic childhood—complete with absentee father, school mockery and bullying, and a profound sense of loneliness—and traces how those experiences steered him towards writing, proposing that such early micro-traumas are essential for any writer’s drive. He then lays out [Read More…]

Individual Mandate Struck Down? No?

I just heard this announced on CNN. The “individual mandate,” the center piece of the legislation has, according to CNN, been struck down as a commerce clause. Now Wolf Blitzer is suggesting they may not be fully clear on what has been decided. Chief Justice Roberts … on part 3 … may be upheld under [Read More…]