[I don’t think we need worry over the long run, but the decline in American religion and takeovers of it by parties spouting regressive doctrines will remain for a time a threat to our basic human rights. I have watched this pattern of ‘deconstruction’ sadly since my formal studies in theology during the late 1950s here and at Oxford. American religion — or significant portions of it — were mid 20th century at the cutting edge of social justice and responsibility. Now we see destructive types bent on denying fundamental rights, sponsoring misbegotten wars, brutalizing others. The following report is a sample of such things. For the record the Holy Bible — among good things — also reports with favor some of the most brutal practices known to an ancient and barbaric period in human history. Ed Kent]

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EXPLAINING AN EXODUS
High turnover at a Louisiana Baptist college leads to questions
about how academic freedom and mission can co-exist.
http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/04/25/louisiana

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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