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Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey.
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Today's News Round-up

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital
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Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards

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The Polemics of Forgiveness

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi.
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The Hard Cases

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas.
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R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ...
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How many slaves work for you?

Screen shot 2011-09-23 at 1.52.01 PMThe Slavery Footprint campaign launched Thursday (Sept. 22), which also happened to have been the 149th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, with the goal of personalizing "the issue of modern slavery by providing people with an assessment of just how much their lifestyle depends on forced labor -- and the steps they can immediately take to help end it."

By following this LINK I was able to plug in some basic information about myself and my lifestyle -- where do I live, do I own or rent, how many children do I have, have many diamonds/leather shoes/electronic gizmos do I own, what are my eating habits, what's in my medicine cabinet, etc., -- and in just a few minutes received the upsetting news that, according to the Slavery Footprint campaigns diagnostics, 52 slaves "work for me."

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Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution

troy-davi-amnest-intl-photo"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. As a pro-life Christian, I believe the execution of Troy Davis shows a failure of moral leadership by both our country and the state of Georgia. The doubt surrounding the case of Troy Davis has served as a wake-up call to many in this country that our justice system is flawed and should not hold the power of life and death over any person. Justice should restore and heal, not destroy." -- Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis statement today, Friday Sept. 23

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The Mercy Seat

"It ALL began when they come took me from my home
And put me on Death Row,
a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know."

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