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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

All over the world, people love President Obama (and, by extension, us). This is perhaps most evident in his recent Nobel Peace Prize, but also is reflected in America’s inclusion in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Swiss cooperation in the arrest of Roman Polanski, and the massive worldwide popularity of G.I. Joe: The Rise of [...]

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Worst Jobs: Vatican Astronomer

You probably think you’ve heard them all. Lifeguard at the sewage plant. Public school teacher. Dick Cheney’s hunting buddy. Bill collector for Dr. Kevorkian. Oakland Raiders assistant coach. Well, now there’s a new one to add to the list: Vatican astronomer. Sure, the hours are OK, and Rome is full of easily-charmed young women, and [...]

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Writing in Time, author Bruce Feiler argues that President Obama should be taking political lessons from Old Testament hero Moses. He calls attention to the following three teachings: (1) “Sell the milk and honey” In other words, no matter how bleak things look, remind everyone that you were promised by a disembodied voice speaking to [...]

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Experts are worried that young people don’t know enough about religion: Half of U.S. high-school seniors surveyed recently thought Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. This is a pretty predictable consequence of the widespread failure to make my book required reading for all schoolchildren everywhere. Nonetheless, it’s quite worrisome. The kids who think Sodom [...]

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