Faith J. H. McDonnell

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).

Up From Totalitarianism


LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI WAS a philosopher and historian of ideas. He received his doctorate in 1953 for his study of Spinoza. Under different circumstances, he might have led a satisfying but obscure academic life, publishing dense scholarly works that hardly anyone read, and remaining largely aloof from the world’s troubles and turmoil. It was Kolakowski’s misfortune, […]

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Embracing the Tormentors


Conducting “truth commissions” to denounce American armed forces and organizing divestment campaigns to cripple Israel are vital issues to some American church officials. Raising the banner of Intifada and expressing solidarity with Palestinians are also very important to this collection of liberal leaders. They “spiritualize” the Democratic immigration and health care reform agendas with pompous […]

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What Would Santa Do?


Here comes Santa Claus…with another attack on Christmas. On November 12, the Associated Press revealed that ads demanding “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake?” will begin appearing on Washington, D.C. area Metro buses starting next week and running through December (naturally). The ads feature a strange Santa-garbed person with Rastafarian […]

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Out of Africa


As the Episcopal Church begins to shed parishes like a dried-up Christmas tree sheds needles, it must have been comforting to the denomination to receive a sizeable Christmas present from the New York Times. What could more clearly say “Merry Christmas” to the denizens of 815 Second Avenue, the church’s national center, than the total […]

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Blaming Bush for Darfur


The genocide of black African Muslims in Darfur is possibly the world’s most bizarre genocide. It has no perpetrators, but somehow is abetted by George W. Bush. At least that is what one would assume by reading the full-page advertisement in the October 16 Washington Post, which also ran in the New York Times and […]

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