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Bishop Spong: Towards an Educated Laity

Reprinted here, with permission from Bishop John Shelby Spong, is a Q & A from a recent edition of his newsletter in which he discusses the healthcare debate and calls for more honesty. His response to a reader’s question urges

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Posted in Bible, I BLOG, Lay Catholics, Politicians and their Lies, Politics and Religion, Progressive Christianity, Readers of the Book, Uncategorized

Malaysia: From Tun Abdul Razak to Najib Razak

1967 In a speech celebrating Malaysia’s 10th year of Merdeka (Independence), then Deputy PM Tun Abdul Razak declared: “We have drawn from the richness of our multi-racial cultural heritage and have built a Malaysian culture with an identity of its

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Posted in Christians in Malaysia, Freedom of Religion, Human Rights in Malaysia, I BLOG, Malaysian Government, Politics and Religion, Pope Benedict, Readers of the Book, Religion and Political Discourse, Uncategorized

Reading Lolita in Tehran and Weiner in Washington D.C.

I finished Azar Nafisi’s wonderful memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran just as the story of Weiner’s online sexual antics broke. Nafisi’s memoir of resistance to tyranny through the liberating power of literature makes the point that one should not let

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Posted in I BLOG, Politicians and their Lies, Politics and Religion, Readers of the Book, Sex and Politics, Survival, Transformation, Uncategorized

Of Gods and Men. . . and Jon Stewart

I watched Of Gods and Men the same week the news was filled with images of exultation at the killing of Osama bin Laden. The journey from Jon Stewart’s testosterone-driven treatment of bin Laden’s death on the Daily Show to

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Posted in Catholics and Culture, Colonization, I BLOG, Movies, Muslims, Readers of the Book, Uncategorized

Malaysia and Readers of the Book

Largely Muslim Malaysia has been ill-served by the spectacle of bureaucrats in the Publications Control and Quranic Text Division of the Home Ministry defying the Prime Minister by withholding, then defacing, Bibles published in the Malay language (Bahasa Malaysia). March

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Posted in Al-Kitab, I BLOG, Muslims, Prophet Muhammad, Readers of the Book, Uncategorized

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