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Columnist writes book on religion

first_imgWhat’s wrong with American Christianity today? Just ask New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, who will speak on his latest book, “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” Wednesday at the Eck Hall of Law. Douthat said the book was intended to capture what is occurring within American Christianity. He said he defines “heresy” in two ways – when one completely departs from faith or when one pushes traditional faith to an extreme. “The ultimate goal of the book is to make a theological argument about how American religion [has become] increasingly heretical,” Douthat said. “[What constitutes heresy is] the hardest question human beings experience.” Douthat said he wrote “Bad Religion” in response to the stark divisions he observed between the religious and secular spheres during the Bush administration era. “Every argument about religion boiled down to whether God exists,” Douthat said. “I thought it made it seem like Americans in particular were divided into conservative Christians and secular people, and it didn’t capture America in all its weirdness and complexities.” The book also tries to take a more serious look at “pop spirituality,” Douthat said. “I spent a lot of time on figures like the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ [Elizabeth Gilbert] and Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” he said. “Those are the places where a lot of Americans get a lot of their religious sensibilities.” Douthat said he wanted “Bad Religion” to explore what happened to the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations in America beginning in the 1940s. “There were times when I thought I bit off more than I could chew,” Douthat said. “[The history] is just the first half of the book … I tried to cover such a broad and complicated story. It’s a hard story to tell … You could write a whole book about just what happened to Catholicism in the 1960s.” As the youngest op-ed contributor at the New York Times, Douthat said his youth was an advantage for finding a historical perspective on the internecine conflicts in the late 20th0th century. “I like to think that part of what I’m trying to do with my book is put some of the religious conflict in a bit of a historical perspective,” he said. “I didn’t participate in a lot of these debates, [which] gives me a little bit of distance and fresh perspective.” A Harvard graduate, Douthat said his education as a Catholic at a politically liberal school makes his perspective particularly interesting. Douthat said “Bad Religion” would be a fascinating read for Notre Dame students because it distills the challenge of trying to be traditionally Christian in a 21st-century society. “[I tried to] determine what the real challenges to the Catholic faith are,” he said. “Secularism isn’t that powerful … There are potent alternatives, [for example,] pseudo-Christianity.” Compared to his past two books, “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream,” Douthat said “Bad Religion” is the most ambitious. “[‘Privilege’] was a personal book, with a bit of sociology, that commented on elite education … It was a more limited subject,” he said. “[‘Grand New Party’] was more ambitious, but I did have a co-author. We shared the burden of tackling history and modern policy.” Douthat said he was honored to speak at Notre Dame as part of his tour. “[Notre Dame] is the flagship Catholic institution,” he said. Douthat will speak in 1140 Eck Hall of Law at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lunch will be served.last_img read more

The River, Starring Hugh Jackman, Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows The River About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Broadway.com wishes The River a happy opening! Enjoy your fish, wine and whiskey!center_img To commemorate the play’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast. In addition to Jackman, the portrait features Laura Donnelly, Cush Jumbo and a delicious looking fish. A remote cabin, some wine and Hugh Jackman? What more could you ask for? The Tony winner and Oscar nominee has returned to Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s The River. The drama officially opens at the Great White Way’s Circle in the Square Theatre on November 16. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015last_img read more

Quick Hits: The Freedom to Roam

first_imgIs Free-Range Parenting Risky or Necessary?About a month ago my toddler was digging for worms in our fenced-in backyard while I pulled weeds behind a row of hedges. My neighbor drove past and, seeing my daughter alone, put her car in park and rolled down the window. “What are you doing out here all alone?” I heard her ask. “Where’s your mommy?” Sensing the neighbor’s disapproval, I popped up from my spot 50 feet away and waved hello. My neighbor met my eye, nodded solemnly, and shifted into drive. It was a brief interaction, barely a blip on the social radar, but it made me pause. Was it irresponsible of me to let my two-year-old play out of arm’s reach?“The basic problem is that we have this view today that our children are our products and we are in charge of deciding what they should and should not be doing,” says Dr. Peter Gray. Gray is the author of Free to Learn and a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has been studying play for nearly 30 years. “Throughout human history, children were always in charge of their own activities,” says Gray.“Even parents that want to let their kids out feel that next door neighbor is going to call child protective services on them”The idea that children should be in charge of their own activities is a basic tenant of Free-Range Parenting, a parenting philosophy that encourages children to play independently without constant parental supervision. Free-range parents may let their kids walk to school alone, ride bikes through the neighborhood or play in the park without a parent. For those of us raised in the 80’s or earlier, that might just sound like parenting. But times have changed, and that change is having an impact on families.Several high-profile cases have brought national attention to instances in which parents were investigated and even arrested for allowing their children to play freely. In one instance, a mother in La Porte, Texas was arrested for letting her 6- and 9-year-olds ride motorized scooters in their cul-de-sac as she supervised from her front porch. In another, a Florida mother was arrested and faced up to five years in prison for letting her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone. And in 2015 a Maryland couple was investigated by child welfare services for allowing their 6- and 10-year-old children to walk home alone from a park.Reade Harbitter is a mother of a 7, 4, and 1-year-old from McHenry, Maryland who considers herself a free-range parent. “We live in a rural area so I definitely let my kids play in the yard unsupervised,” she says. “But we are far enough away from neighbors that I don’t have to worry about services being called for letting my children play in the yard.”“Even parents that want to let their kids out feel that next door neighbor is going to call child protective services on them,” says Gray. “That is now a serious consideration for many parents who would otherwise love to send their children out.”Decline in Free Play ImplicationsWhile parents may have to legitimately worry about being arrested for allowing their children to play unsupervised, it’s children who suffer the most when they are not allowed to play freely out from under the eye of an adult.“One of the things we know about parenting is that kids that have the best outcomes have parents who are both warm and engaged but also encourage autonomy,” says Robin Howse, a developmental psychologist in human development and family studies at A-B Tech Community College in Asheville, North Carolina. “You can be available to a child without being overly involved or overly supervising,” she says.“Children know better than any adult of what they are and are not capable of,” adds Gray. “The child that decides to climb a tree knows how high she can go. She knows both physically and emotionally what she is ready for. She naturally wants to challenge herself on her own terms, preferably with no adult watching and judging her,” says Gray.“Where do children learn that they do have control over their own lives if not through play?”In fact, Gray says that all mammals play in risky ways. It’s how we develop courage and the ability to confront real emergencies without falling apart. “It’s a way of preparing for future possible emergencies where your life might depend upon you not being afraid of your own fear. If you have already experienced fear you know how to handle fear and you feel confident dealing with the emotional and physical problems of responding to an emergency,” he says. “Children are practicing that when they play in risky ways, and if we prevent them, it is much more dangerous to their life than the slight danger of falling from that tree.”But playing without a parent hovering above is not just about learning to manage danger. One of the most serious implications of over-supervised children is what happens to them psychologically when they don’t learn to fend for themselves.Gray says that mental disorders in children have risen over the same period of time that children’s freedom to go out and play has declined. Over a 60-year period, Gray says that the rate of major depressive disorder among teenagers has increased eightfold, suicide among school-aged children has increased sixfold, and clinically significant generalized anxiety disorder is about seven times higher than it was in the 1950s.Tests also indicate that today’s kids feel that they are controlled by external factors such as other people or fate. That’s called having an external locus of control. This is significant because clinical research shows those with an external locus of control are far more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, says Gray. “To me this sets up a perfect cause-effect chain. Where do children learn that they do have control over their own lives if not through play? If there are always adults around telling them what to do how can they possibly develop a sense that they can solve their own problems?”Is The Future Free Range?In May, Utah became the first state to pass a free-range parenting law. The law redefines the state’s definition of neglect, stating that properly-cared-for children can walk to school, play at the park, or remain in the car alone if they are developmentally ready to handle it. While there’s no indication that states in the Blue Ridge are considering a similar law, Texas and New York are.And Gray says that he is seeing some evidence that communities and school districts are interested in changing attitudes about free-range kids. “There is more and more recognition [about the dangers of overprotection],” says Gray. “The term helicopter parenting has become a well-known term and most people think of it as negative. What we need now are more practical programs that allow for the problems to be solved.” Solutions include educating parents about the low probability that anything will happen to their child while they play outside alone, allowing kids more time to play and explore outside of school and changing attitudes about scheduling activities and competitive sports for kids, says Gray.For her part, Harbitter says that she’s seen the difference her free-range parenting style makes in her kids’ lives. “They have self-confidence,” she says. They trust themselves, and their willingness to try new things continually grows. “Parenting is about long-term goals,” adds Harbitter. “Sometimes the short-term rewards of having your kiddo exactly what you say as soon as you say it doesn’t fit with the long-term goals of raising a self-confident, adventurous, independent human.”last_img read more

Former FARC Hostages Recount Experiences in Captivity

first_img The six Colombian police officers released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) following more than a decade in captivity said at a press conference that they were chained for many years. “For many years, we were chained to one another. This was already a humiliation,” Police Intendant Carlos José Duarte said at a joint press conference, 24 hours after recovering his freedom. For his part, Sergeant César Augusto Lasso recalled that during their years of captivity, they were always guarded “two meters away” by a guerrilla, and “we had restricted space and movement.” The six police officers agreed that they succeeded in keeping up their spirits and strength thanks to the fact that they “always” had contact with the outside world via radio, through which they received messages from their families and from society. It was precisely on the radio that they found out about the April 28, 2007, escape of police officer John Frank Pinchao, after being held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a communist group) for more than eight years. “It made us very happy and gave us strength to try it ourselves,” Sgt. Lasso recalled. The ones who tried were Sergeant José Libardo Forero and Intendant Jorge Trujillo, who escaped on a rainy night, September 15, 2009. In order to orient themselves in the middle of the jungle, they made a “compass with a needle and a knife. “By the mercy of the Lord, a firefly appeared, which you pinch and it gives light, and I could find the direction that way,” Forero said. For the escape, they collected cookies, arepas (corn cakes), and manioc (yuca flour), which allowed them to survive the first 16 days, until they were able to fish. They also found a hidden supply cache belonging to the guerrilla group and attacked it, he specified. They were recaptured by the guerrilla group on October 16 of that year, however, at the house of a rural worker where they had stopped for lunch. “When we left, the guerrilla group caught us, and we knew that they were going to shoot us. They stripped us and threw us down on the ground,” Forero said. “I told the guerrillas: don’t humiliate us further, because we’re tired of you humiliating us. If you’re going to shoot, shoot us, but God’s will was that we went back (into captivity),” he recalled. The six members of the Colombian police agreed that every time an Army plane approached, they feared for their lives. They also said that the FARC has “problems,” is “weakened,” and no longer “has the same supply network,” but they stressed that “it’s not defeated.” By Dialogo April 05, 2012last_img read more

Should bitcoin finance retirement?

first_img continue reading » A bitcoin IRA? What is the world coming to?The cryptocurrency has become so popular—despite fears of instability, possible illegality and potential loss—that its market value is now courting $10,000, even as industry heavyweights caution investors to avoid investing in it, particularly in retirement accounts.But not everyone is convinced that the risks of bitcoin outweigh its potential payoffs.A Kiplinger report says that, although the wisdom of doing so is questionable, investors with self-directed IRAs actually could include bitcoin among their investments. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What’s reopened in our area?

first_imgPhase one allowed manufacturing and construction workers to return to work. It also allowed retail locations to open up of they provide curbside pick-up. The ending of the order initiated the first phase of four in opening New York. Town Hall opening May 18Hickories Park and Hickories Park bathrooms May 18 Additionally, some municipalities have opened their offices, parks and more. Town of Union refuse and recycling service returns to normal collection schedule May 18 (WBNG) — On May 15, the New York On-Pause order ended for the Southern Tier. Owego: Binghamton: Town of Union: Curfew requiring residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for essential travel ended on May 16Suspension of the City’s blue bag requirement for refuse collection ended on May 16Suspension of parking meter enforcement and code enforcement violations in non-emergency / public safety situations ended on Ma 16 This list will be updated as more information becomes available.last_img read more

To develop health tourism, it is necessary to start acting

first_imgIt is necessary to brand Croatia as a country of top medicine – one of the main conclusions of the panel discussion on health tourism within the conference “Emigrant Tourism” held in Split, and reports the portal entrepreneur.biz. He agreed with him Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic. He pointed out that emigrants can be the best ambassadors of the quality of Croatian health care. “We need to connect with emigrants in order to exchange knowledge, promote and invest in health tourism. Abroad, we need the systematic promotion of polyclinics, clinics and hospitals, but also the creation of trust and a sense of security among foreign patients. As part of that, it is necessary to emphasize the top work of Croatian doctors”, said Bagatin, who finally called on the competent institutions to cooperate with Croatian doctors working in the world’s leading clinics. Unfortunately, in Croatia we are constantly talking about potentials, and there is no way to turn them into resources. We have everything, and yet we have nothing. That is why our economy is stagnating and lagging behind, not only behind the developed countries of Europe, but even from countries such as Hungary, Poland, Estonia, which until recently we laughed and watched from above. Only Romania needs to overtake us to be at the bottom of the success of the EU economy. Nikica Gabrić, owner of the Svjetlost Polyclinic, said that Croatia does not know how to use the fact that with more than one hundred million overnight stays of foreign guests, it is the eighth country in Europe in terms of the number of “foreign” overnight stays. By the way, in order to see their practices, Bagatin toured the world and advocated the implementation of the best foreign solutions in the Croatian health system.”The general manager of the clinic in Cleveland, which employs as many as sixty-six thousand people, is Tomislav Mihaljević. With his three pieces of advice, our man could change the entire Croatian healthcare system. That is why it is necessary to ask our emigrants for help and advice and rich experience, as well as to work together to improve the entire health system, which makes up more than twenty percent of the annual budget of the Republic of Croatia. “, said Bagatin and concluded that this is the best way to keep doctors and nurses in Croatia and provide better service to system users. “Twenty million people come to Croatia for holidays without receiving information that they can get some health services here. We are a small, relatively unknown country to the world, especially in the field of health. That is why we must invest in recognizability, and Croatian emigrants can be a bridge to foreigners”, said Gabrić. Let’s finally open our eyes and start dealing with market development. Regardless of politics, those who deal with and want market development grow and develop. That is why almost all countries within the EU have overtaken us. One is politics, and something completely different is market and market development. By not acting we have the situation we currently have and the problems that will get bigger and bigger. Comment: For the development of health tourism, it is necessary to start acting Alfred Franković, the head of the Kvarner health tourism cluster, explained that the public and private sectors successfully cooperate in the health tourism of the Littoral. “Thanks to that, Croatia is stronger in dental than Hungary. Eighty thousand people come to us every year from Italy alone. Further investment in visibility and marketing is needed for further development. “, Franković pointed out. And therein lies the biggest problem, both in the development of health tourism and in our tourism and economy. If we were at least engaged in market development, actively fighting in the market and looking for our place under the sun, despite possible bad moves and failure, we would be alive and looking forward. So in health tourism, we have everything arranged, and even the most important part, the health (service), at a very high level, despite everything and everyone. So he just needed to arrange the dice and round out the story. The private sector is pushing and doing a lot, a miracle for our framework, but it can no longer do it alone, without a stable and complex system that encourages and offers a development vision, and without synergy. In the end, I would like to quote the excellent comment of Karl Vujeva, mag. oec. from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, who told Večernji list ” Inaction is a bad excuse for ignorance, and it is quite incorrect that we do not have enough domestic intelligence and expertise. After all, failure would be better than inaction anyway. Failure at least takes courage to try” But this requires action, not adherence to the status quo. When, if not now, when Croatian tourism is in the trend and focus of global tourists and media? Nikica Gabrić also criticized the fact that private medical institutions from Croatia cannot currently apply for tenders for obtaining funds from the European Union. He believes that the private sector in Croatian healthcare can make a step forward and create new jobs. Gabrić also confirmed that you have to build trust in people for medical tourism:”Foreigners opt for dental services here, but for eye or heart surgery they must have a much higher degree of trust. ” It’s all up to the people. It’s all up to us. Just taking the knowledge and experience that was on the said panel would be enough, let alone taking the conclusions of the various panels back three years on this topic. As Bagatin pointed out, Tomislav Mihaljević from the Cleveland Clinic could change the entire Croatian healthcare system with his three tips. The man wants to help, but two sides are needed to cooperate. We constantly talk about how the main pain of our tourism is the short season and low tourist spending. Health tourism can and must be one of the solutions. Cover photo: Josiel Miranda, Pexelslast_img read more

Trump says wearing mask ‘patriotic’ in tweet showing his face covered

first_imgThe accompanying picture, in black and white, showed Trump wearing a dark mask with the presidential seal.The stylish photo and exhortation for Americans to unite around masks was a far cry from Trump’s longtime mocking of masks as symbols of weakness during a pandemic that he has repeatedly suggested is overblown.However, his tweet stopped well short of endorsing calls from some for a nationwide mandate to wear masks in public.The nation’s top medical authorities — backed by several leading Republican figures — say that mask wearing is crucial to halting the disease.Amid a fierce resurgence of the virus in southern and western states — including some that are Republican strongholds — Trump has come under new pressure to change his tune.He only wore a mask in public for the first time on July 11. By contrast, his Democratic challenger in the November presidential election, Joe Biden, has worn a mask in public for months.Topics : US President Donald Trump, who for months refused to encourage mask wearing as a way to combat the coronavirus, on Monday tweeted a picture of himself with his face covered and touted his patriotism.”We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump wrote.”There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf on What “Freeing the Six-pack” Means for PA (VIDEO)

first_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Free The Six-Pack,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog,  Videos May 26, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf on What “Freeing the Six-pack” Means for PA (VIDEO) This week, following my request, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board voted to free the six-pack and allow for gas stations like Sheetz, Wawa, and Rutters to sell six-packs of beer as long as they have appropriate accommodations.Currently, the Pennsylvania Liquor Code requires the PLCB “refuse any application for a new license or the transfer of any license to a location where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted.”However, a recent Commonwealth Court ruling affirmed the PLCB’s authority to improve customer experience and make purchasing beer more convenient for Pennsylvanians. This ruling sets an important precedent that clarifies this piece of Pennsylvania Liquor Code and allows for the sale of malt or brewed beverages at gas stations and other businesses. This is an important step toward improving availability and convenience for customers.Creating and following this precedent will make the commonwealth more inviting for customers and businesses, while we continue to work on improving customer satisfaction for all Pennsylvanians. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Reaffirms Vow to Veto Heartbeat Bill at Rally in Support of Women’s Reproductive Rights

first_imgGov. Wolf Reaffirms Vow to Veto Heartbeat Bill at Rally in Support of Women’s Reproductive Rights Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, joined by legislators, advocates and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, today vowed to veto the so-called heartbeat bill and any legislation that restricts women’s reproductive rights.“Today I am reaffirming my commitment to keeping Pennsylvania a place where women make their own health decisions,” Gov. Wolf said. “Politicians should not be in a doctor’s office. Make no mistake about it, while the General Assembly cleverly names anti-health care choice bills things like “Heartbeat Bill,” this is an attack on women’s personal freedoms, personal choice, and personal liberties.”“I’m proud to stand with Governor Wolf in opposition to the proposed heartbeat bill,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “HB1977 and other similar abortion restrictions are yet another attack on the rights and reproductive health of individuals seeking healthcare services that are personal and unique to them. These bills jeopardize health, especially in the instance of high-risk pregnancies, and I appreciate the Governor’s leadership on this very important issue.”“Instead of focusing on these intrusive laws that threaten access to health care and shame patients for their personal decisions, we should focus our attention on promoting laws that support Pennsylvania families and expand reproductive health resources and access, rather than interfering in private medical decisions,” said Ashley Lenker White, Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania executive director. “As a former Planned Parenthood volunteer, Governor Wolf has literally walked the walk, and we greatly appreciate his vetoes in past sessions and his steadfast commitment to vetoing any bans that reach his desk.”Pennsylvania is not the first state to consider a “heartbeat bill,” which would make it illegal for a provider to perform an abortion if a heartbeat is detected. Several other states, including Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri passed heartbeat laws trying to ban or limit abortions; none have gone into effect due to court decisions of unconstitutionality. Pennsylvania legislators who stood with Gov. Wolf today vowed to defeat this bill and any similar ones brought before the General Assembly.“The Republicans in the State House are determined to run one unconstitutional abortion ban after another,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger. “Despite the fact that we have elected more pro-choice Democrats over the past few years, we still don’t have enough votes to defeat these bills on the House floor. I’m grateful that we have a governor like Tom Wolf who has pledged to veto every abortion ban that reaches his desk.”“The author of HB1977, like most women, did not even know she was pregnant until after six weeks had passed,” Rep. Mary Isaacson said. “This bill, which to be clear is a six-week abortion ban, is not only scientifically and ethically wrong, but is yet another unconstitutional attempt to force Pennsylvanians to carry unwanted or unviable pregnancies to term at greater medical risk and against their will.”“I will fight every attempt in the legislature to infringe upon a woman’s right to access an abortion”, said Sen. Larry Farnese. “We need to continue to work to create a culture in our state where women are respected…where women are trusted to make their own decisions…and where no one is attempting to take away the autonomy a woman has over her own body and her own choices.”The governor vowed to veto any legislation that attempts to force women into certain choices by shaming them or making those choices difficult to obtain or a financial burden.“I will never allow these disingenuous and brazen attempts to limit individual freedoms and individual liberties to succeed,” Gov. Wolf said. “This legislation is a shameful and cowardly attempt to pass the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country. The “heartbeat bill” is a backwards and misguided policy and it is not representative of Pennsylvania. I will veto it.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 01, 2019last_img read more