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McCarthy said, “One thing surprised me, and it is instructive. Those [attendees] living in violent conflict zones … were all in support, as far as I could tell, of the Catholic Church focusing on nonviolence and Just Peace, and no longer using the ‘just war’ theory.”

Rather exciting, but nothing official yet. 
 
COLUMN: For the first 300 years of Christianity followers of the nonviolent Jesus – imitating his example – practiced total nonviolence. But after Christianity was legalized and later made the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christians began fighting for the empire. And sadly, Christians have been fighting for empires ever since.
For the first 300 years of Christianity followers of the nonviolent Jesus – imitating his example – practiced total nonviolence. But after Christianity was legalized and later made the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christians began fighting for the empire. And sadly, Christians have been fighting for empires ever since. The “just war” theory was developed to offer criteria – like protecting civilians from attack – that had to be met b...
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"In some ways it's very weird and puzzling that believers in the God of the Bible think, 'you know innocent suffering precludes the existence of God'... 'There can't be a God because innocent people suffer'. Well, come on, every major figure in the Bible, every major figure suffers enormously... And then the central figure of the entire Bible is portrayed to us, typically, nailed to a cross and writhing in His death agonies."

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So, I know what you're thinking, "I wanna listen to Iron Maiden, but I also want some C.S. Lewis references mixed in, preferably references to a series that has both Sci-fi and political insights relevant to our current day." Well, I've got just the thing.
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Well, to be fair, a lot of metal is mindless noise.
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Have an hour or two? Experience the full Alchemy Index albums from start to finish. Start here with Fire and Water volumes, then proceed to Air and Earth. Six songs each volume, with the last song of each volume from the perspective of each element.

Second half here: https://plus.google.com/115591092891588004217/posts/SuJ2bbk7Xx2

I've always felt it really does make a difference to hear this all the way through at once, and it's well worth it.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLes25hxKrHFu8XApjQY38GoICjzfgL2kb
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New Thrice Album will be out in a month. New Thrice song out now, and apparently they've generously posted their entire discography on youtube now. Good things have come.

Song also seems rather well timed given the #DemocracySpring  movement currently going on, though it's not the first time they've touched on these subjects of corruption, politics, fear and manipulation.
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There's a very 80's feel to the intro of this song, which serves as a reminder that this album indeed came out in the 80's. After that though, to me it seems to loose that explicit flavor and instead reminds you why Iron Maiden continues to be so influential.
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Explains a few things, like the older eras reluctance to accept abstract mathematics.
Also, while he touches on it, I didn't get a clear understanding as to why more recent generations are less interested in history and world situations in the way described.
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One of the most interesting things about the revelation that abortion clinics sell fetal body parts is that the unborn child is not considered a valuable human when it comes to ending her life prematurely, but her body parts are considered incredibly valuable precisely because of her humanity. Invoices regarding the sale and transfer of fetal organs were presented at the hearing. One customer paid $22,610 for 38 fetal brains. Another paid $3,340 for a fetal brain, $595 for a “baby skull matched to upper and lower limbs,” and $890 for “upper and lower limbs with hands and feet.”
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When shown the drop-down order menu for fetal scalps, for instance, DeGette said it wasn’t evidence of fetal organ markets. This would be akin to looking at the Amazon.com website and saying it doesn’t suggest you can buy books online.
 
This is a big story, and rather significant. Item #10 is why you don't know much about it.
The market for aborted baby parts is significant, growing, and operating in violation of federal law, witnesses testified at a House hearing.
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That's just....gross...I mean I understand the stem cell stuff, but who buys just fetal brains? Sounds like something you'd see in a dark web story, just gross...
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The second half of the Alchemy Index.
If you haven't already, start here: https://plus.google.com/115591092891588004217/posts/UVdzZ1xWV8G

The contrast with the first two volumes is pretty high, even though those contrasted with each other a lot. This half starts off with "Broken Lungs", and I'm guessing most people will get the historical reference, and finishes with "Child of Dust" which is a pretty amazing way to end the album. What you hear at the end is them burying the mic.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLes25hxKrHFu7N19AygHcqjGb2kiUdVgB
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Covers up the name of Jesus when the President shows up because... reasons, removes crucifixes from campus because "offensive", and invites Planned Parenthood to speak on campus because... free speech!

So, let's get this free speech thing straight: name of Jesus, not acceptable. Primary symbol of the school's professed religion, sign of God's love, rooted in a turn around of what was meant to be an offence against the same religion by others outside the religion, while simultaneously a sign of mercy for all even those that carried out the offence, not acceptable. Propaganda for an international eugenics company that promotes and makes great profits from murdering infants and selling their body parts, also known for manipulating and outright lying to vulnerable and desperate countries to change their policies to favor the companies agenda, A-OK!

So glad we had help from that good old Georgetown lawschool too, in between them selectively banning students from political speech and handing out political flyers and suing The Catholic University of America for having crosses that could potentially offend muslim students somehow despite no muslim student making such a claim (though they did claim the unusually high percentage of muslim students at the University is likely because they feel better welcomed there and are not shamed for having a faith).

Seriously though, why haven't they just dropped the Catholic charade yet? Is there a point to keeping the label while fighting against what it stands for?
 
The issue of Georgetown’s invitation to Planned Parenthood is not a free speech issue. Read more in the latest editorial from the Catholic Standard. http://cathstan.org/Content/News/News/Article/Editorial-Georgetown-s-leaders-tout-free-speech-remain-silent-on-abortion/2/2/6991
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Stumbled across this and was rather surprised by the whole idea. One of the more major markers of the differences in culture and philosophy between at least much of the U.S. and Japan I'd say. 
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Didn't think I would ever post this, but it's stuck in my head so... here's a sadder song for those interested. Sad enough that my wife was a bit angry at me for a while for having her listen to it.

But, it's also from the third album of a larger set of concept albums telling a singular story, so some things might be a bit harder to grasp without some background.

Thus, for anyone interested, an explanation of enough of the story thus far to understand what is going on in the song and video, with some but minimal spoilers, follows:
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The evil wizard Sendor has found an ancient, powerful and evil sword that was sealed and hidden long ago. The 4 great rulers of the nations team up to both confirm this has happened and try to stop his plots.
When they eventually encounter him, it turns out he wasn't seeking world domination, but instead was seeking to return the soul of his son who had died in infancy it's body (that he had previously resurrected). Also turns out one of the rulers, Queen Shena, is the mother (and former love of Sendor). The power of the sword makes Sendor go crazier than he was before, particularly when he finds he still cannot bring back the soul of his son, but one of the kings is now engaged in a final, desperate battle with Sendor (everyone else having already been bested and mostly out of commission). This song is from the perspective of Queen Shena, both watching the fight and reflecting on having lost her child.

Side note, you may need to excuse some slight awkwardness in the lyrics. It's an Italian power metal band singing in English.
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I have a double majored degree in Theology and Religious Studies and English and enjoy continuing to learn along those lines, particularly Catholic Systematic Theology for the former and 19th-early 20th Century British literature for the latter though I often enjoy other related material as well. I work in tech, and have particular interest in both the development of new technologies and their history, especially in computer technology.

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