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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I'm Glad Miss America Is From India
miss-america-contestant-miss-new-york Some people got upset when Nina Davuluri won the Miss America crown. What's the problem?

I've never been a fan of beauty contests because (1) it's sexist to "rate" women based on their measurements; (2) average women don't feel comfortable parading in front of a TV audience wearing bikinis; and (3) I fail to see how a small panel of judges can determine true beauty for all of us.

But I will leave that topic for another day. My bigger concern is that many Americans reacted in disgust when Nina Davuluri, the 24-year-old Indian-American contestant from New York, won the Miss America crown on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City. She got a $50,000 scholarship, which she plans to use to go to medical school-following in the footsteps of her father, who moved to the U.S. in 1981 to become an obstetrician.

It sounds like the American Dream. But racist comments were hurled in Davuluri's direction on Twitter and other social media sites after her win. Haters accused her of being an al-Qaida terrorist, a Muslim and an Arab. Some said she is "not American enough." One person tweeted, "Even Miss America has been outsourced to India."

How pathetic. While Davuluri's proud grandmother was watching the pageant from her home in Vijaywada, India, this ambitious young woman was being skewered by racists-in a country that should know better. Our nation was formed by immigrants (mine came from Ireland), but we are still schizophrenic about whether to put the welcome mat in front of the door. read more
Church & Ministry
Joseph Prince
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There's been a lot of criticism of the hypergrace movement, but Joseph Mattera says all of Joseph Prince's teaching isn't beyond the biblical boundaries. Still, he has serious concerns. 

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Culture
Moriah Peters
'American Idol' Hopeful Recounts Persecution for Bold Faith in Christ

Moriah Peters seemed to have everything the American Idol judges would be looking for. But her bold faith in Christ led to the producers sending her out the door with some shocking words.

Women
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Have you ever gotten discouraged or frustrated by the apparent lack of results when you pray? Here's how to break that cycle of prayers that get nowhere.
 
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The Plumb Line
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Discerning Jezebel's False Prophetic Puppets

Jezebel had at least 850 false prophetic puppets to manhandle. These 850 prophets came from two different camps in Israel--they were the prophets of Baal and the prophets of Asherah, sometimes called the prophets of Jezebel. Can you recognize them today?

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