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  • Irish Reconciliation – The G8 economic summit begins shortly in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, scene of a sectarian bombing that killed eleven people in 1987—the work of the Irish Republican Army.  But, as David Tereshchuk reports, efforts to reconcile the Catholic and Protestant communities since then were sparked by the father of one of the victims, who declared at the time that the bombers should be forgiven, and that he would pray for them every night.
  • Russell Moore – The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, has long advocated for conservative values in the public square.  The denomination’s new national leader on matters of ethics and public policy, Russell Moore, shares those values, but has a different style from many previous Southern Baptist leaders.  Moore talks with managing editor Kim Lawton about how he hopes to set a tone of “kindness” and expand the slate of issues that Southern Baptists care about.
  • The Ethics of Government Data Collection – Host Bob Abernethy talks with Michael Kessler, Associate Director of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, about what religious and ethical traditions have to say about the government’s massive collection of electronic data.  How should we balance respect for privacy versus national security?


Lindsey Bernstein


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