World Vision’s Decision & the Hazard of Drawing Lines

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World Vision’s announcement they will accept same-sex married couples into their employ has stirred a backlash. In arguing against this concession, one well-known website has argued:“To treat regular homosexual intercourse as less dangerous than fornication, adultery, greed, theft, and drunkenness is to treat perdition as if it were a small thing, or not really coming. [This list is derived from 1 Corinthians 6]. The same text that imperils active fornicators and adulterers and thieves and co … [Read more...]

Still Missing: MH370 ~ Thoughts on Lent 10

Malaysia Plane Armchair Sleuths

By Wendy MurrayHaving received no confirmation of wreckage and no other corroborating evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flt 370 crashed, it has been a week now since the Boeing 777 "vanished."Things may yet take a turn: a floating seat cushion may turn up or radar may pick up the muted pinging of the black box. Then we will know. Until then, we ponder.How often in a person's lifetime is one confronted with a fundamental metaphysical question: Can we accept a universe that breaks its … [Read more...]

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s Live Questions & a Few Answers

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By Wendy MurrayYesterday, January 23, American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, answered questions put live to him through the Twitter hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia for leaking secret documents of the NSA (National Security Agency) to major media outlets, revealing details of domestic and global surveillance schemes run by the NSA. Since his disclosures in May of 2013 a firestorm of public debate has ensued, along with intense scrutiny of current policy. … [Read more...]

The Day the World Stopped

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I was writing a book, titled Facing Forward, in September 2001, a memoir related to the uncertainties of mid-life. Then on a bright Tuesday morning, September 11, everything stopped. Uncertainties about mid-life were irrelevant. I joined our country in a collective lament. The world as we knew it ended that day and the world has not been the same since.I include below the concluding paragraphs of the chapter I was writing in the aftermath of  this sad day. In the end I found that -- whether i … [Read more...]

Why I Support Edward Snowden

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The first and foremost reason that I support Edward Snowden is that I have lost faith in all others who demonize him. In this regard I think primarily of our government, but not exclusively. Time and again those who claim to be "looking out for us" (meaning, us citizens) have been shown to be liars and manipulators. In that regard I continue to be shocked by the collective shrug this has elicited on the part of the general population. I have written elsewhere about how our (and Snowden's) … [Read more...]

The Religion of Extreme Surveillance in America

Dostoevsky predicted The Religion of the Surveillance State

Julian Assange said in a recent interview (below) that the state of extreme surveillance has become the new religion in the U.S.Oxford Dictionary defines religion:  noun [mass noun]: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, such as: "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"; [as a count noun] a particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions; a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion, such as … [Read more...]

The Intimacy of a Tragedy

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Rolling Stone magazine has put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their August issue and it has been received badly. Tsarnaev is  the young man currently being held for the Boston Marathon bombing, which unfolded horrifically on April 15 and kept the city riveted and squirrelly until his capture on April 19. Three people were killed in the bombing and more than 260 wounded by the two pressure-cooker bombs Tsarnaev and his older brother planted in the crowd near the finish line. A fourth man was ki … [Read more...]


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