Morning Report, August 4: Birthers, Truthers, Class Consciousness, Gay Marriage, and the Depressing Truth About America

1.  What does it say about American society that nearly 1 in 10 of us are on anti-depressants?  Reuters reports: “Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans,” Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote [Read More...]

Morning Report, July 31: Charity, Circumcision, Half-Brained Babies, and Virgins

[If you're looking for the Harry Potter essay, scroll down, or go here.] 1.  This essay on First Things crafts a clear and helpful distinction between charity and tolerance.  This is a part of what Kierkegaard gets at when he says that the Christian concept of love is quite different, and sometimes even diametrically opposed, [Read More...]