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Saving Souls

Saving Souls

Home to one-third of the world's poor, India attracts hundreds of Christian humanitarian groups seeking to do God’s work in its slums and hinterlands. But while these groups make up in vital ways for the failings of government and markets, their work comes with a consequence: conversion.

High Holiday Confessional by George W. Bush

Since I was not able to attend synagogue this Rosh Hashanah I thought I might take the opportunity to reflect on an aspect of the High Holiday liturgy that I find especially relevant in these times. In nine days I will…

Fun with stereotypes … or David Brooksisms

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states: red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome G…

Community building with methadone

Late July, a rumor spread on my neighborhood’s listserv that a methadone clinic was to replace our local Walgreens. Before the local Alderman could set the rumor straight, a debate ensued, in which the listerv regulars…

What’s your indicator species?

I grew up in a place called Salmon Nation. It stretches from the Yukon Territory in the North all the way to Southern California. On the West, it hugs the Pacific and its fingers reach East into Idaho. But Salmon Nation…

Does “October Surprise” cast Pakistan in lead?

It is alleged that in the months leading up to the 1980 election between Ronald Reagan and incumbent Jimmy Carter that representatives of the Reagan campaign conspired to postpone the release of the hostages held by Ira…

Congressman crowns Messiah?!

The time has come for you as well to open your hearts and receive the secrets that Heaven is disclosing in this age through me. In one sense, I am a human being living with a physical body like each of you.…

The eerie silence of Graceland

When I first visited Graceland back in the spring of ’94 it was one of those tourists’ treks that became pilgrimage. A friend and I were camping in the Great Smoky Mountains when a fear of flash flooding cut our trip sh…

It’s funny because it’s true

She had on one of those ironic, hipster t-shirts, whose invocation to “D.A.R.E to Keep Your Kids off Drugs” vied with her breasts for attention. I pressed my lips against hers and inhaled deeply, too deeply for my virgi…

Pimping volunteerism

“i am sick and tired of cooking food for the homeless with witless frickin yuppies and watching suburbanite housewives bring salmon and lattes for only their favorite seniors during monday night bingo. oh the humanity!…

Temporary cure for a nostalgia pandemic

Sometimes I feel like I’m licking at the crumbs of American regionalism. That instead of New Orleans, I get Bourbon St. gone wild; and in place of Seattle, I’m thrown a fish at Pikes Place Market. Beads round my neck an…

How to shut up civil society … er, I mean the opposition

If I knew I couldn’t win an argument on the merits of my case, what would I do? First, I’d be careful to avoid any unscripted Q&A sessions. Second, I’d align my “brand” with some more inspiring image like an aircraft ca…