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New Oxford Notes: December 2010

What Lies Beneath

Many believe the successful rescue of the Chilean miners was a feat of divine intervention, but rival churches are trying to take credit for the miracle.

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Zero-Tolerance Policy

Abortion advocates are becoming increasingly vociferous and violent in their insistence that no one has a right to disagree with them.

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Outrage Alert!

Homosexuality is one of the most explosive issues of the day, and the polarization it causes at times exceeds even that of abortion.

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Exodus & Bloodbath: Christians in the Middle East

Just days before the massacre of dozens of Christians during a Mass in Baghdad, Iraq's Chaldean Patriarch warned of a 'Satanic plan' to drive Christians out of the Middle East.

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The Last Acceptable Prejudice

A man says he feels uncomfortable around Muslims on planes — and that makes him a racist? Just ask Juan Williams.

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