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September 20, 2004
Sightings editor Elizabeth Alvarez consulted with Professor Wendy Doniger, director of the Martin Marty Center, our host, and myself, Sightings'  Monday guest, about editorial topics and tone between now and November 2. The conversation provides me an occasion to train sights on how things work here and what we consider ourselves to be about.
September 16, 2004
The election season is upon us. The red, white, and blue streamers are out. The "vote for" whomever signs are up. There are songs of partisan loyalty in the air. The news networks are firing up their huge electronic maps of red and blue states, which will show that we are as divided as we have ever been.
September 13, 2004
Last month, Notre Dame's R. Scott Appleby, at a seminar we led in Aspen, described his university's new star scholar, Tariq Ramadan. He expressed the importance of hearing Ramadan's voice in American academe, in open conversation with non-Muslims (Notre Dame being largely un-Muslim, last we heard).
September 9, 2004
College religion courses come in many varieties, with no consistency in labeling.

Author: Brian Britt
September 7, 2004
"Gott strafe [tr:punish] England, and God save the King. God this, and God that, and God the other things. 'Good God,' said God, 'I've got my work cut out.'" God spoke in doggerel during World War I.
August 30, 2004
“Sharp Rise in Poverty Reported: Women, Children Hit Especially Hard” was the bold headline in the Chicago Tribune last Friday (August 27). William Neikirk, reporting on the U.S. Census Bureau findings, wrote: “Last year … 1.3 million more Americans were living in poverty than a year earlier,” and 35.9 million Americans are now in the ranks of the poor.
August 26, 2004
Those Who Forget the Past, a recent collection of essays on the reappearance of anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere after September 11, alludes in its title to the imperative phrase that has become a Holocaust memorial mantra: Never Forget! The conventional wisdom backing this sentiment is that by studying the past, we are able to avoid repeating its mistakes.
August 23, 2004
Decades ago two of the seven boys aged nine to fourteen at the Marty table were Bugandan, brothers displaced from Uganda. One is now a Pentecostal pastor and evangelist. His being there helps me focus Sightings on that nation as a case study for sub-Saharan African Christian growth and destiny. What happens there affects us now, and will reach us more and more.
August 19, 2004
A recent Sightings essay by Dr. Alena Amato Ruggerio described an incident in which an ad placed by the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus (EEWC) was pulled from Christianity Today after having been accepted and run.
August 19, 2004
A recent Sightings essay by Dr. Alena Amato Ruggerio described an incident in which an ad placed by the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus (EEWC) was pulled from Christianity Today after having been accepted and run.

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