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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
  • Why We Still Prophesy Hope – Dante Stewart, Christianity Today – It’s hard to be hopeful, particularly in the face of injustice. So why have African-Americans persevered with hope over the centuries? Dante Stewart looks at how anger, love, and storytelling (especially through song) have worked in history recent and distant to push for hope even in the midst of oppression.
  • What America Never Understood About ISIS – Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic – The popular conception of ISIS is that their regime was one of brutality and repression. That's true, but they also brought order and governance to people who longed for both and were willing to put up with the brutality as long as there was decent governance. Counterterrorism policy (and a lot of other policies, frankly) that doesn't reckon with people's desire for reliable infrastructure (both physical and political) is bound to see new groups like ISIS form.

  • A new chain of Christian pregnancy centers will provide a controversial service: Contraception – Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post – The headline may focus on contraception, but what's really interesting about these crisis pregnancy centers is that they're trying to provide more comprehensive health care for young women – recognizing the holistic needs that attend having a body and carrying another's.

  • Our Schools Can’t Solve the Problems of Our Rigid Workweek – Gracy Olmstead, The New York Times – Right now our social concepts of time are generally oriented around work outside of the home and the acquisition of wealth therein. What if, rather than trying to make this domination of our time more complete by forcing children to stay even longer at school, we rebuilt our social matrix around caring for children?
  • Christmas – Sandra McCracken – Given the fine taste of our readership, it is likely that you already know about Sandra McCracken’s new Christmas record. If not, you’re in for a real treat.

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