Monthly Archives: July 2006

the Gospels on two hot-button issues

On Saturday, Laurie Goodstein wrote a story in the New York Times about a Minnesota megachurch pastor, Rev. Gregory A. Boyd, who has broken with the conservative movement. He is not the only evangelical in revolt against the GOP, and … Continue reading

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is volunteering an elite activity?

The Census data on volunteering show that there are big gaps by race/ethnicity and especially by educational background. Almost half of college graduates say they volunteer, compared to less than one in ten adults who dropped out of high school. … Continue reading

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blogging in Africa

Joshua Goldstein is a young American who lives and works in Uganda. He has written a very interesting essay for his blog about new media in Africa. He argues that blogging, in particular, can help build respectful, human relationships between … Continue reading

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the link between civic engagement and culture

Here’s an argument, inspired by Tocqueville, that we can assess the health of a democracy by examining the heterogeneousness of its culture. Truly engaged citizens produce diverse cultural products. That is because cultural identity is always contested; it provokes debates, … Continue reading

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a light unto the nations (II)

As a follow-up to yesterday, I want to emphasize that Israel may defend itself. However, as a democracy, it needs national unity and the authentic support of fair-minded outsiders. Both will come only if Israel has a reputation for actively … Continue reading

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a light unto the nations

Richard Cohen’s Washington Post piece last week began, “The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one … Continue reading

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on the road

I’m flying to Los Angeles today and staying for most of the week. Because I expect my Internet access to be sporadic, I’m planning not to blog until July 24. That’s probably a good thing, anyway. By the end of … Continue reading

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what will happen to youth turnout in ’06?

This is a question that we’re being asked with increasing frequency at CIRCLE. [One person who has asked is Zachary Goldfarb, who published a good story on the topic in the Sunday Washington Post.] Clearly, youth turnout will be lower … Continue reading

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international law and the current mideast conflict

I think that Hamas, Hezbollah, and Israel are all in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Art. 33-34: “No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures … Continue reading

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box score political reporting

One of the standard clich?s of journalism is the treatment of political news as if it were a sport. Each event is described as a victory or a defeat for a particular politician. For instance, here’s how the two papers … Continue reading

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