Day: August 11, 2011

Freakonomists look at marriage

The share of 30- to 44-year-olds living as unmarried couples has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Adults with lower levels of education are twice as likely to cohabit as those with college degrees. … The report also finds that greater economic well-being is associated with cohabitation for adults with college degrees, but not for those without college degrees.

Neighbors draw on power of church

Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

ABC speaks in House of Lords about UK riots

I believe one of the most significant questions that we ought to be addressing in the wake of these deplorable events, is what kind of education we are interested in, for what kind of a society. Are we prepared to think not only about discipline in classrooms, but also about the content and ethos of our educational institutions – asking can we once again build a society which takes seriously the task of educating citizens, not consumers, not cogs in an economic system, but citizens.

Celebrating Ramadan at the White House

The dinner is known as an “iftar,” and it breaks the daylong fast Muslims observe from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The tradition of hosting an iftar at the White House was begun by President Bill Clinton, and continued by George W. Bush. Referring to Islam’s lunar calendar Obama opened his speech by saying, “This year, Ramadan is entirely in August. That means the days are long, the weather is hot and you are hungry. So I will be brief.”

Archbishop of Canterbury on riots

The tragedy of the events of recent days is that those who will pay the heaviest price are those who most need stability and encouragement in local communities – people who run small local businesses, people who need efficient emergency services, people, old or young, with limited mobility.