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...]

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...]

A Nation Commits Suicide: Why We Should Care About Syria

A boy is treated after he sustained injuries from an airstrike in the Sha'ar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Friday, August 24, 2012. Photo by Near East Observatory

An Interview with Mindy BelzBy Wendy MurrayIf you are anything like I am, the ongoing struggles with various countries in the Middle East generally and the suffering country of Syria particularly, become too taxing and complicated to get my head around. Feeling helpless and confused, I am tempted to stop listening. Yet I am summoned to try. I hope you feel similar conviction.Thankfully, my friend and colleague, fellow journalist Mindy Belz, not only understands this part of world … [Read more...]

The Curious Case of Edward Snowden

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By Wendy Murray2014 began with two major newspapers -- The New York Times and the Guardian --  calling for clemency for whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, who is currently living in exile in Russia. Last summer (2013) Snowden dumped a cache of classified materials into the hands of journalists that documented massive violations of the NSA (National Security Agency) against citizens of the United States and others. At that time I wrote a piece in this blog  supporting him.These are the r … [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...]

Pity Anthony Weiner!

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Poor Anthony Weiner. He can't seem to help himself. The struggling NYC mayoral candidate has yet to surmount the recent revelations of his ongoing email exchanges and related photos (sexts) with a 22-year-old woman. This behavior proved to be vexingly persistent, even after the former congressman was forced to resign because of  sexting scandals in June 2011 and assured the public that the behavior was behind him.His most recent misstep was his unceremonious dismissal of a fellow mayoral c … [Read more...]

The Religion of Extreme Surveillance in America

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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...]


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