The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 2.21.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. From Modesty to Maxim
Are Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry the unintended consequence of evangelicalism's modesty mandate?

2. The Problem with Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist
"I don’t want a little girl in Ghana, or Sri Lanka, or Indonesia to think of me when she wakes up each morning. … I want her to think about her teacher, community leader, or mother. I want her to have a hero who she can relate to — who looks like her, is part of her culture, speaks her language, and who she might bump into on the way to school one morning."

3. WATCH: What's Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell
(Warning: Some graphic images) This 7-minute film, produced and posted on YouTube by 21-year-old Andreina Nash, paints a picture of the violence going on amid student protests in Venezuela.

4. An Evangelical's Plea with the GOP on Immigration Reform: Put People Before Politics
"It has become abundantly clear that immigration reform is the moral test of our politics."

5. The Dalai Lama Talks Pot, Facebook, and the Pope
Elizabeth Dias of TIME sits down with the Dalai Lama, who says "Ecology" is the issue the U.S. should be paying more attention to.

6.How Not to Raise a Daughter
"This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could."

7. Feminism, Depravity, and Power in House of Cards
Is Claire Underwood a feminist icon as many articles have asserted? Another take: "America is in deep trouble if the prevailing reaction to a ruthless, self-serving, power-hungry sociopath is to assess her political effectiveness."

8. What the Most Violent Nations in the World Have in Common
"It's important to remember that correlation does not equal causation, but, overall, it is certainly intriguing to note that inequality, rather than poverty, appears to be associated with higher levels of violence — and that pride and machismo appear to be significant factors as well."

9. 3 Reasons the Abortion Rate Is at it's Lowest Since Roe v. Wade
Activists at both ends of the political spectrum are using the news to promote their own narratives, but Jonathan Merritt writes in his Religion News Service blog about what is behind the statistics and offers good news for the future: "Pro-life Americans have reason to celebrate, and it seems the party is just getting started."

10. 'Nones' and the Common Good
Eboo Patel poses interesting questions: "Right now, one out of every five checks “none of the above” on U.S. surveys of religious identity. … And so the question remains: What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? Who will support all those schools, hospitals, and social service agencies? Who will build new ones?"

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