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October 22, 2007

Vol.197 / No.12
Editorials
The Editors October 22, 2007

The war on drugs is driving the U.S. prison systems enormous growth. Over the past quarter century drug arrests have tripled, and almost half a million men and women are behind bars for drug-related offenses. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which in many cases focus on drug offenses, have had a d

Dotty Lynch October 22, 2007

Declared and Possible Presidential Candidates Appearances on Broadcast and Cable TV.

Books
Dennis O'Brien October 22, 2007

Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age," reviewed

Dotty Lynch October 22, 2007

George, Ive been standing here for the last 45 minutes, praying to God you were going to call on me. This was Representative Dennis Kucinichs answer to a question posed by George Stephanopoulos in a debate on ABC News this summer in Iowa, asking the candidates whether they believed prayer can alter

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J. October 22, 2007

Ours is not a Christian nation.

Faith in Focus
Michael Sean Winters October 22, 2007

Why must we turn our eyes from suffering? A reflection on my mother's death.

News

Religious Freedom at the Core of Peace The only way to ensure that religions contribute to peace rather than violence is to guarantee religious freedom and promote religious education so believers understand that peace and harmony are at the core of every religion, the Vaticans foreign minister said