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When Prayer Becomes Propaganda

At first glance, the prayer that Father James Martin, S.J. recently published in America, the magazine he edits, seems a heartfelt petition. On closer reading, however, it is more a political statement framed as a prayer.

To be sure, it contains elements that qualify as prayer, notably a plea for God to care for the souls of the dead, the injuries of the wounded, the pain of families, and the exhaustion of caregivers, as well as for the soul of the offender.… Read More


The Denigration of Women in History

Sad Woman, 16085500_sWesterners are shocked by the treatment of women under Sharia Law, and they rightly link that treatment to the negative view of women historically present in Islam. Yet many are unaware that almost all other religions and cultures have held a similar view.

Ancient cultures were generally patriarchal and misogynistic. There were some exceptions—in certain periods women in Egypt, Crete, and Sumeria enjoyed high status and the right to education and inheritance.… Read More