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NYPD: Muslim Spying Led To No Leads, Terror Cases

NEW YORK — In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the …

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A Book Every Progressive Should Read

Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions? Read Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm.  It is a fascinating study of the …

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Free E-Books from C. Carl Pegels

Below is a brief press release announcing three new E-books just published on amazon Kindle. They will be free to you and your members during the three indicated days, and are available for just $ 2.99 at …

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Paul Ryan: “This Is Not Theology…”

“You have to understand, one of our primary aspirations is to grow the economy, is to create jobs… We’re not demand-side Keynesians. So we don’t subscribe to that economic doctrine. And we think if you keep raising …

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The Myth of the Lone Gunman

It’s the myth of countless Westerns of yesterday, the myth of the formulaic action-hero movies of today. It’s as American as Clint Eastwood. It’s as American as Captain America. And it’s proof that there is no such thing as the lone gunman. Contrary to the statements of the police and the politicians, the man who walked into a Sikh temple and shot several people dead did not act by himself. A nation of believers in this myth was right behind him.

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Romney’s VP Pick of Ryan Will Bring Religion to the Fore

I’m writing this from across the Atlantic Ocean, but I awoke to the news that Mitt Romney will announce today that he will pick Republican budget-slashing guru Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate. The conventional wisdom is …

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The Reprehensible Ethics Underpinning Paul Ryan’s Politics

Now that Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate, I’ve decided to write briefly on the philosophy of Ayn Rand, whom Ryan credits as the inspiration for his policies and proposals.  I’m particularly concerned with …

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The Coming Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest

The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, …

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Missouri prayer amendment passes by wide margin

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a “right to pray” amendment to the state’s constitution on Tuesday, despite concerns about the measure’s necessity and legality. Amendment 2, which supporters said would protect the freedom of …

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American Sikhs a Small, Misunderstood Community

Ever since they arrived in the U.S. as farmers and lumber mill workers in the late 19th century, Sikhs have struggled with how little Americans knew about the faith. In 1907, a mob in Bellingham, Wash., who …

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Hellbound? Trailer

This is the official theatrical trailer for the documentary “Hellbound?”, which hits theaters across North America starting September 2012. For more information about the film, please visit hellboundthemovie.com.

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Congress Passes Restrictions On Military Funeral Protests, Delivers Blow To Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations. According to “The Honoring America’s Veterans …

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Chick-fil-A: This Is Not a First Amendment Issue

If I hear one more person say that he or she is supporting Chick-fil-A because “This is a First Amendment issue,” I’m going to jump out of one of the Huffington Post’s fifth-floor windows and swan dive …

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Money in Trust and a Failed First Harvest – Lammas 2012

Jesus’ parables tell us how use our creativity to subvert the putative rulers of Earth. Jesus got into trouble for suggesting that the way to assure that all of the people have food to eat is to share whatever they have. And don’t assume that your traditional enemy has no soul. The very powers that are supposed to have your best interest at heart will pass you by on the other side of the road while you die in the ditch (“The Good Samaritan” Luke 10:30-35). To love your enemies is to have no enemies.

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Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Condemned By Catholic Bishops, 41 Other Groups

WASHINGTON — Forty-two religious and secular organizations united on Thursday in condemning conservative lawmakers’ allegations that Muslim-American individuals connected to the U.S. government may be trying to spread the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. They directed their …

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Dark Knights — How Spiritual Communities Could Help

The recent horrible shooting incident at a premier showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado has focused attention, once again, on some aspects of what has gone wrong when a person takes such a violent and antisocial turn.

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President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Elder Steven E. Snow, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Elder Steven E. Snow currently serves as Church Historian, Recorder, and Church History Department Executive Director for the Church of Jesus Christ …

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