The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

By Jack Palmer 12-01-2011

CHRISTIANTIY TODAY: The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Presidential Race?
Forecasting election outcomes is dangerous business, but I can make one prediction with reasonable certainty: Whomever we elect President next year will face significant challenges on at least one political issue that affects millions of lives and costs billions of government dollars, yet no one will debate it in the course of the presidential campaign.
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THEOS: We've Got Christmas Wrong, Think Tank Reveals
The majority of Britons fail to grasp the meaning of the Christmas story, new research has revealed. The story chimes with these politically turbulent times, but we turn it into a cosy domestic tale.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Interracial Couple Banned From Kentucky Church
In a move to "promote greater unity" among its body and the Pike County community it serves, a small Kentucky church voted to ban interracial couples from membership and from participating in certain worship activities, Kentucky.com reports.
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THE FOUNDRY: In Pictures: How Many Adults Believe In God?
The vast majority of American adults hold a definite belief in God. Yet, despite this persistence of belief in America and the important place of religious practice in civil society, an increasingly narrow view of religion is threatening to force faith out of the public square.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Why Has Inequality Gone Up So Much?
The main reason -- the outer layer of the onion, if you will -- is the diminished ability of most Americans to claim as much of the economy's growth as they once did.
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ETHICS DAILY: New Bible Includes the Word "Immigrant," Brings Moral Clarity
The word "immigrant" now appears in a new translation of the Bible, replacing the word "stranger" or "alien."
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MOTHER JONES: Sacrifice Yourself To The Golden Calf Of Capitalism
The basic idea is that we offer ourselves up, 99 percent of us anyway, on the altar of high finance as a sacrifice to the bond markets.
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