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Link Roundup

An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee
In this excerpt from his new book, Matt Taibbi shares his experiences at a Hagee's boot camp for new converts.

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Was It Really What Jeremiah Wright Said, Or Was It Because He's Black?
White preachers are given leeway in politics that Jeremiah Wright wasn't.

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McCain's Preacher Pal Calls Catholic Church the 'Great Whore' -- Where's the Outrage?
If the hypocrisy whipped up over Jeremiah Wright proves anything, it's that this nation's candid conversation on race has yet to begin.

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Wright issue will haunt conservative media elite
Now that Sen. Barack Obama has denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many of his critics, especially those who call themselves conservative, are happy he has put the dashiki-wearing, American-criticizing former Marine in his place.

See, these same voices, many that are allegedly Christian, have reacted with glee by calling Wright a prophet of hate and a race baiter.

They hold themselves up to be so concerned about their fellow brother and sister, yet if you looked at their personal lives, I doubt you'd find many with African-American friends and associates (and I doubt their staffs are the most diverse in the world, but that's another story).

But be careful what you ask for.

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Report: Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths
The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government’s top psychiatric researcher said.

Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven’t provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Washington.

Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment.

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