In the News / December 7, 2006

In the News: 12/7/06

Manliness is next to godliness Brad Stine’s daylong revival meeting, which he calls “GodMen,” is cruder than most. But it’s built around the same theory as the other experimental forums: Traditional church worship is emasculating.

Lawsuit Challenges Academic ‘Freedom’ A student sues her college claiming she was penalized for not agreeing with professor’s views on gay adoption.

NYC Wants to Ease ID Changes for Transgender Residents New York City is planning to change its rules for official documents to make it easier for transgender residents to change their listed sex on IDs.

College Students Learn Patterns of Weight Gain, Study Says Doctors say it is good news that the number of pounds gained in college is less than the widely believed 15, but bad news that “Generation XL” kids seem to be learning patterns of gradual weight gain that could spell trouble way beyond graduation.

U.S. Higher Education: Pay More, Learn Less A new study found that students at some of America’s most prestigious universities failed basic tests on American history and civics.

Iraq Panel Proposes Major Strategy Shift A panel of prominent elder leaders yesterday offered a stinging assessment of virtually every aspect of the U.S. venture in Iraq and called for a reshaping of the American military presence and a new Middle East diplomatic initiative to prevent the country from sliding into anarchy.

Mars Photos May Indicate The Recent Flow of Water Photographs of the Martian surface taken by an orbiting spacecraft have revealed powerful evidence that liquid water occasionally flows on the Red Planet’s surface, an unexpected finding that suddenly increases the odds that the planet may harbor some kind of life.

Executive Summary Of the Report The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved.

Conservative Rabbis Allow Ordaine d Gays, Same-Sex Unions NEW YORK, Dec. 6 — A panel of rabbis gave permission Wednesday for same-sex commitment ceremonies and ordination of gays within Conservative Judaism, a wrenching change for a movement that occupies the middle ground between orthodoxy and liberalism in Judaism.

Hillary’s too vane to be president It didn’t matter much that Sen. Clinton is a fickle leader — until Obama came along.

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Dec 08, 2006

Criticism addressed to the USCJ is not so much about its attempt to re-write Torah, but their decision to allow minor congregational rabbis to do so at will. USCJ did not establish a new rule, but left it to the congregations which are in no way qualified to handle theological discussion. You can read Shoher’s opinion at

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