Archive - Sep 24, 2006
From an article of the same title in The Week, September 15, 2006:
...let's not overreact to the threat, said James Fallows in The Atlantic Monthly. Despite ominous talk of mushroom clouds in U.S. cities, it's highly unlikely that terrorists could build or buy a nuke and smuggle it into the country. That leaves terrorists with one means of inflicting major damage on the superpower: Baiting us into foolishly damaging our own interests. The Bush administration has fallen into this trap, by invading Iraq, killing Muslim civilians, and playing into al Qaida's narrative. Portraying the war as an epic clash of civilizations only feeds the terrorists' false grandiosity - and drives Muslim moderates into the extremists' hands. Terrorists may yet again strike on U.S. soil, but the reality is that we've essentially won the war. The sooner we recognize this, the sooner our policies will be motivated by strategic self-interest, instead of by terror.
From an article of the same title by Frances Grandy Taylor (of the Hartford Courant) and reprinted in the LA Times:
There was a time when you had to attend a church to listen to the weekly sermon or become a regular member to hear a choir whose music you really love.
These days, thanks to iPod, you don't have to actually be there.
A website called GodCast 1000 (godcast1000.com) has been launched to help users "put God on your iPod."
It bills itself as the largest free directory of Christian music, sermons, video and Bible study on the Internet. It lists more than 500 digital audio files that can be downloaded from the website to a computer or iPod...
The Rev. Shaun Olsen of the Family Worship Center in McKinney, Texas, an Assemblies of God church in suburban Dallas, says he turned to "godcasting" for the first time last year to reach members of his congregation who travel.
The church's podcast includes the entire Sunday service.
"We also have hundreds of missionaries attached to this church who are serving around the world in India, Pakistan and South Africa, and that enables them to listen to the service back home. We've gotten a great response, especially from the business community."
Churches are also using podcasts to reach regular worshippers in new ways, says Raney, who adds that churches that aren't technologically savvy can get help through the website's Sermoncast program, where sermon tapes and CDs can be converted for a fee to a format that can be downloaded.