The No-Priests-Alone-With-Children Project

In Montreal, there is an experimental program which parishes can participate in. It prohibits clergy, lay volunteers and others with official positions in the church from ever being alone with children. Whether this policy is adopted elsewhere is yet to be seen. This practice would be a good one for all churches and other institutions with…
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Jefferson Knew How To Do Religious Freedom

President Jefferson hosted dinners that included Washington politicians. They routinely started at about 3:30 in the afternoon, at the end of the day’s meetings. An invitation was sent out for one beginning at sunset. It was to honor an official of Tunisia. The late start was due to the end of Ramadan, the Islam holy…
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Strange Parts Of The Jewish Faith

With only something like 2% of the U. S. population, the Jewish faith is far less popular than even atheists. It is talked about more, it seems, than atheism. The link by an orthodox Rabbi explains the peculiar belief that religious inter marriage is not tolerated by the orthodox. No matter how good a person…
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Religion Is Taught In Some Public Schools

There is an acceptable way to teach religion is public junior high and high schools. Guidelines have been developed and the link discusses examples of where it is done today. In theory this seems like a good idea. Today we have a version of Islam blamed for various crimes. Yet, the religion practices by most…
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Trump’s Win, Like Religion, Was About Social Class

There are many dissections of the Trump election. To me, the most convincing case is that it was a class distinction election. The college educated class lost and non college won. It was not about tax reform, abortion, gay marriage or immigration. They disguised the real issue, class. Another way of explaining this phenomenon was proivided by…
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