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Thursday, January 27, 2005

2005 Watch List

Memorial of St. Angela Merici

I've been holding this for awhile. Five things I might expect to see:
  1. Installation of a Shiite-dominated government that develops a constitutional model of political pluralism for Iraq.
  2. Political (read: legislative) assertiveness by orthodox Christians and Jews re the five non-negotiables (abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, homosexual "marriage") in alliance with religious conservatives. (Note that "orthodox" and "conservative" are not necessarily synonymous.)
  3. A "progressive" Democrat agenda framed in moral terms.
  4. Capitol Hill action on the faith-based initiative, including an alternate Democrat model as they work their rehabilitation.
  5. A failed (first?) attempt by several mainline Protestant denominations to divest from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.
Any others?

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