Clergy and 9/11 Ceremonies: Conflicts Reveal State of Religion in Our Culture

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has written a fine piece on some of the controversy surrounding 9/11 ceremonies and the inclusion or exclusion of clergy: “Omitting Clergy at 9/11 Ceremony Prompts Protest.” Goodstein describes the decision of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York to exclude all members of the clergy from Sunday’s commemoration. [Read More...]

Is a 3-D Backlash Underway? USA Today Wonders

The President and First Lady watching the 2009 Super Bowl in 3-D. This photo released from the White House.

“Is a 3-D backlash underway?” With this question, Mike Snider begins his recent article in USA Today: “3-D movies, gadgets getting lukewarm reception by some.” Given what appears to be the growing omnipresence of 3-D films and other media, why would Snider wonder about a backlash? He explains: Trailers for Shark Night 3D, a PG-13 [Read More...]

The Selfish Gene and Ethical Dilemmas on the Trails of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon through the window of a plane

What if you’re hiking along a dry trail on a hot day and encounter another hiker who has run out of water? Do you share some of your precious supplies with this hiker? Do you risk having to turn back early? Do you even put your own health at risk? Or do you leave the [Read More...]

Parking Meters for Prostitutes in Germany!

A parking meter in Hannover, Germany. (from Wikicommons)

If you had given me the text of “In Germany, Sex Workers Feed a Meter” and told me to guess the source, I would have said “The Onion.” If you’re not familiar with The Onion, it bills itself as “America’s Finest News Source.”  In fact, it is America’s finest news satire, with articles written as [Read More...]


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