Netanyahu’s Lies and Illusions

  It was an address with no destination, filled with lies on top of lies and illusions heaped on illusions. Only rarely is a foreign head of state invited to speak before Congress. It’s unlikely that any other has attempted to sell them such a pile of propaganda and prevarication, such hypocrisy and sanctimony as Benjamin Netanyahu did yesterday. The fact that the Congress rose to its feet multiple times to applaud him says more about the ignorance of its members than the quality of their guest’s speech. An Israeli presence on the Jordan River – cheering. Jerusalem must remain...
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from The Sexual Believer by Noel Cooper

This chapter of The Sexual Believer, reproduced here in its entirety, has attracted many positive comments from Catholic educators who, agreeing with these opinions, but unable to express them publicly in Catholic school contexts, are struggling to achieve salutary outcomes for GLBT youth. Hope has developed recently as a result of the encouragement of some bishops on the issue of support groups. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered: A Call for Change in Catholic Teaching Homosexuality is a natural orientation for a minority of people in our world. Sexual activity flowing from that orientation is...
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A Palestinian Christian Cry of Reconciliation by Naim Stifan Ateek, Orbis Books,2009, 224 pp.

  For those newly arrived at the just claim of the Palestinian people to see the end of Israeli occupation, Naim Ateek’s book stands out as an outstanding primer. The author a Palestinian Anglican priest with a doctorate from an American university does not churn out books every year. This is merely his second book in 20 years It picks up from where the author’s first book Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation ended. The book is divided into three parts. Recapping History the first part brings everyone up to speed.What has happened in the past 20 years? First...
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So What Is the Prayer Life?

  The purpose of prayer is not prayer. The purpose of prayer is to come to love God as much as possible with all the insights into the nature and presence of God this world allows. In fact, one of the most consistent themes in mystical literature is the clear notion that the Mystic is not seeking spiritual escape from the life of the world. The mystic, history records in one life after another of them, is simply seeking God. The life of those who practice prayer deeply and regularly is clearly a life of enlightenment. They come to know both the mind of God and the obstacles of their own hearts...
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The Coupling of Gender Equality & Clean Energy

Editorial Opinion Politicians generally plan for the next election. It is time for citizens to demand that politicians start planning for future generations. In fact, it is time to demand that politicians start planning for the next generation. And the time for citizens to start making such a demand is the next election in the USA and every other democratic country in the world. At a time when people in many countries are struggling to outgrow dictatorships, citizens in democratic countries should start acting in a socially responsible manner and remove politicians who fail to do so. Leadership:...
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