The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 10.4.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. An Orientation For Single Sexuality: The 'Do's' of Purity
Here's a thoughtful piece from The Mennonite: "As singles become a larger proportion of the total population, our society needs a church that models what holiness looks like in relationships — for teens in love, single thirtysomethings, and people who are married."

2. WATCH: How Social Networks Explain Violence in Chicago
"What if you could predict your chances of being shot from your social network: who you know and how you know them? Turns out, maybe you can." Check out this video illustrating the relationships inherent in violence.

3. WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel: Do You Prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?
People have such strong opinions about Obamacare … but not so much about the Affordable Care Act. 

4. 'This Doesn't Go Away'
Appropriate for this time in our nation — an excerpt from Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission. Read the excerpt at Sojourners magazine.

5. Is the 'Communion Burger' in Poor Taste?
Do you agree with the Chicago restaurateur, that God "has a sense of humor"? Or is the burger sacrilegious? Read the CNN Belief Blog story for more. 

6. Sinead O'Conner Pens Open Letter to Miley Cyrus
After the former Hannah Montana star referenced the Irish songstress as inspiration for her latest video, O'Conner responds. Poignant or inappropriate? Read it for yourself:"Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent."

7. Proof the Voting Rights Act Has Helped Boost Black Political Representation
Now that the Voting Rights Act is effectively gutted, a new study shows that it did, in fact, work and was continuing to — based on national city council numbers from the years 1981-2006. 

8. What It Takes: Does Wendy Davis Have a Chance in Texas?
Texas Monthly examines Wendy Davis' chances against Republican Greg Abbott in what may be one of the most "optically fascinating" gubernatorial races next year. Called a progressive filibuster extraordinnaire by some and "Abortion Barbie" by others, the Texas Democrat stepped onto the national scene this year after speaking for nearly 11 hours to stop a Texas legislature vote. 

9. What if Mahatma Gandhi Had An Instagram Account?
In honor of his 144th birthday, Buzzfeed has the #nofilter and #superfluouslyhashtagged photo collection. 

10. In Memoriam: Tom Clancy
"Very few writers can lay claim to creating a genre but the techno-thriller — that all falls at the feet of Tom Clancy. He was so ahead of the curve." Read more from The Baltimore Sun.

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