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The spirit's call

A reporter could write a story about people from other faiths who join the Catholic church but that wouldn't be much of a story, since in a society like this, many people change their religion. Everyone knows by now that Senator Brownback converted to Catholicism from the Evangelical faith. It's really unusual when someone changes their faith in middle age (after having raised their children in one tradition) and becomes a leader in another. If a Methodist, for example, became an Iman (Muslim prayer leader) that would be even more interesting. Catholicism and Unity appear to be part of the same Christain tradition and to a lot of post-moderns, the differences between the the various Christain sects aren't as interesting anymore. If you still have a lot vested in the Reformation (500 yrs ago) articles like this are controversial (though not necessarily biased).

February 9, 2008 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Indian' summer

Camody indicated in the article that he did not think that the Indian point of view has not been represented in the western genre. If you're looking at the Saturday matinee western, this statement is correct. However, I can think of two recent productions that are based in large part on the Indian point of view, "Into the West", directed by Steven Spielburg and last summer, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" on HBO. In fact, one of the Indian characters in the HBO movie was an Indian doctor who was also forced to undergo assimilation at an Indian boarding school. Still, I would be very interested in seeing this film, although I don't anticipate finding it until its release on DVD.

August 31, 2007 at 7:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Finding your faith 'fit'

From my own personal experience, I think it is crucial for all students, especially those who have exclusively been raised in one religion, to research other faiths. In addition to websites, attend services, ask questions. You may not necessarily convert, but you can take the knowledge with you in the workplace, where not all of your coworkers are going to be from the same religion you happened to be raised in. Be wary of groups that appear to be too nice to you, try to isolate you from the general campus population, or try to get you to quit school. Twenty years ago, students had to look out for Moonies, who allegedly used brainwashing techniques to gain new members. I'm not sure who's currently out there, but I am sure there are groups out there who would take advantage of students who are away from home for the first time. Learn to think critically about religion (something that was lacking from my parochial school education). Not all "religious" experiences can be positive. Learn to tell the difference.

August 18, 2007 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filmmaker to re-create Quantrill's raid in docu-drama

The Partisan Ranger isn't completely off base. Early in the war, Lane and Jennsion appeared to loot and burn at will in Missouri. Lane destroyed Oseola in 1861. The Missourians retaliate by forming guerilla organizations and raiding border towns. By 1863, the Federals are detaining civilians who support Quantrill. Some of them were killed when their jail in KC collapsed right before the raid, which may account for the raid's ferocity. Lawrence is the unfortunate result of a series of chain reactions. As for slavery, Quantrill's supporters were not happy to see their slaves escape to KS, but many Missouri slaveholders supported the Union as well. Read the exception pertaining to them in the Emancipation Proclamation.

July 7, 2007 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big stakes in Lawrence

The good pastor said that the aim of his church is to enable everyone to have "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ" and to add "value to their life."

The problem with this approach is that it is individualistic and almost consumerist. (What's in it for me?)

As far as society is concerned, a lot of evangelicals never talk about poverty, militarism, racism, environmental degradation. Except for gay marriage, they address nothing else. As the aftermath of Katrina shows, individualistic consumerism doesn't work anymore

September 3, 2005 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Quantrill's legacy differs on each side of border

A very well balanced article. I would, however, object to labeling Quantrill as a "psychopath". That honor would belong to the BTK killer. Quantrill wouldn't have survived as long as he did without gaining the support of the local population in Missouri. But I believe the label opportunist is right on the money. He even appears to have been cut out of the same cloth as Jim Lane, who joined the anti-slavery bandwagon to promote his own career.

The Lawrence raid was brillantly executed (very few raiders lost their life) but while sating the Missourians' appetite for revenge, the raid invited massive retaliation which wiped out Quantrill's supporters in western Missouri. And so I find it curious why Quantrill would be regarded today as a hero in Missouri.

August 21, 2005 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )