The Suburban Housewife’s Jihad

Some stories are so bizarre, striking readers from such a radically unconventional angle, that they must, it seems, reveal something new. Such is the story of Colleen “JihadJane” LaRose, a story that tells us a little bit about international terrorism, globalization, radical Islam, artistic freedom, and the strange phenomenon of “micronations,” among other things.

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Make Sure You Know What You’re Signing Onto

I had a great time at Global Health Forum’s “Minus Malaria” variety show, but I left uneasy. I signed a letter supporting malaria prevention policies, and in doing so, I was guilty of perpetrating a classic act of uninformed democracy. A one sentence summation of a bill–even a paragraph summation, for that matter–presented by a group with a clear agenda shouldn’t be enough to convince me to support a serious act of legislation.

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Those Ten Missionaries in Haiti: Heroes, Villains, or Idiots?

Early this month, media outlets buzzed with the story of 10 American citizens, associated with baptist churches in Meridian and Twin Falls, Idaho, who were arrested on charges of kidnapping 33 children and planning to take them across the border into the Dominican Republic. Which leads to the question: what the hell were they thinking? It seems that any effort to categorize the group’s actions must conclude somewhere between wicked, at the one extreme, and woefully foolish on the other.

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