The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 9, 2013

Quote of the Day
“This Eid comes with a lot of stress and pain all over the Islamic world. The message I would send is that we need to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters in these countries, and to pray to God that he relieves their pain and suffering." Omar Shahin, president of the North American Imams Federation, and a native of Jordan who attends the Islamic Center of Laveen in Arizona.
(Sojourners / Religion News Service)

1. U.S. pulls staff from Pakistan consulate as violence continues.
The United States ordered staff pulled from its consulate in Lahore on Friday, citing terrorist threats that also led the State Department to advise Americans against traveling to Pakistan as violence continued to rattle the country for another day.
(New York Times)

2. Africa will not be Europe''s digital dumping ground, say leaders.
African countries have demanded action to stem the import of electronic waste, including old computers and mobile telephones from Europe, where stringent environmental laws make exporting used goods cheaper than disposing of them at home.
(The Guardian)

3. NYC pastors endorse Spitzer.
Eliot Spitzer gained an unlikely group of endorsees Thursday in his run for New York City comptroller: Dozens of city pastors, most of whom represent churches with minority congregations, expressed support for Spitzer, who resigned as the governor of New York in 2009 amid a prostitution scandal.
(The Huffington Post)

4. The new religious fundamentalists? Millennial Christians.
They are better defined by what they are against than by what they are for. They are doing the exact same thing as what they are defining themselves against. They are elevating behavior, clothing, and other secondary issues as requirements to gain access to heaven. It’s a sickness in all of us to put our righteousness and dependence in absolutely anything except Jesus, and if we think we aren’t doing that, it usually means it’s even worse.
(Washington Post)

5. Nine killed in gun attack in Pakistani city of Quetta.
At least nine people were killed when gunmen opened fire outside a mosque in the second attack in Quetta in south-west Pakistan in as many days. About 20 others were wounded in the attack, which came as worshippers left the Sunni Muslim mosque after sunrise prayers for the Eid al-Fitr festival.
(BBC)

6. 3 suspected U.S. drones kill 12 militants in Yemen.
Three U.S. drone strikes killed a total of 12 suspected al-Qaeda militants Thursday, a Yemeni military official said, raising to eight the number of attacks in less than two weeks as the Arab nation is on high alert against terrorism. The uptick in drone strikes signals that the Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to target Yemen''s al-Qaeda offshoot — al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — amid fears of attacks after the interception of a message between its leader and the global leader of the terror network.
(USA Today / AP)

7. Obama administration backs prayer at local government meetings.
The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer. Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued.
(Los Angeles Times)

8. Malaria vaccine highly effective in U.S. test.
An experimental malaria vaccine has proved highly effective in a small, early-stage clinical trial in people, raising hope in the global effort to combat the deadly disease, U.S. researchers reported in the journalScience.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Schock talks immigration reform at town hall meeting.
When asked if he was in favor of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the states, the congressman, who said the current system "is broken," seemed open to supporting a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes such a provision.
(Progress Illinois)

10. Rebranding climate change as a public health issue.
According to a recent study, framing global warming as a public health issue rather than as an environmental or national security one produces the most emotionally compelling response among people, since it focuses on the immediate implications a warmer climate could have on people’s lives. 
(Time)

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