The Rapidian

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Address Suffering?

Submitted 02-14-2022 under OPINION

Imam Kip Curnutt, Director of Religious Education and Associate Imam of Masjid At-Tawheed in Grand Rapids, responds: “As humans, we all experience suffering at times. It is part of the nature of this world that we are tested with both ease and...

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Hamilton Still Thrills

Submitted 02-11-2022 under OPINION

In May of 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 29-year-old creator of In The Heights, took the stage at the White House as part of an evening devoted to celebrators of the American experience. He mentioned that he was working on a hip-hop concept album...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should racist comments by teenagers affect their adult lives?

Submitted 02-07-2022 under OPINION

Imam Kip Curnutt, Director of Religious Education and Associate Imam of Masjid At-Tawheed in Grand Rapids, responds: “I think this issue boils down to how we deal with moral responsibility and forgiveness. In Islam, as soon as someone reaches...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should a Court Override Religious Beliefs?

Submitted 01-31-2022 under OPINION

Regarding a 2013 case in which an Amish girl’s parents stopped chemotherapy in favor of ‘natural medicine’ which they say is equally effective if it is God’s will. A judge sided with the parents, but an appeals court sided...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is It Ethical to Erase Memories Using Electroconvulsive Therapy?

Submitted 01-24-2022 under OPINION

From The Atlantic: “ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is now being used to alter and destroy memories. It may sound like fiction, like something out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but a recent study published in Nature...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should an Employee be Fired for Religious Beliefs?

Submitted 01-18-2022 under OPINION

Is is OK to fire a Muslim limo driver for not helping to carry a package containing wine? Is it OK to fire a Jewish cook for refusing to cook pork? Is it OK to fire a Christian caregiver hired to help a new mother and her six month old child for...

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Broadway Grand Rapids Returns After Nearly Two-Year Hiatus With Hairspray

Submitted 01-13-2022 under OPINION

On January 12th, 2022, Broadway Grand Rapids returned in the best way possible: with a fast-paced, streamer-shooting, dance-filled show that offered, above all else, fun. It was a long time coming. Thanks to the pandemic, nearly two years have...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 2

Submitted 01-10-2022 under OPINION

Last week, we presented responses which argued that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. This week, in part 2, we see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 1

Submitted 01-03-2022 under OPINION

This week, we present responses which argue that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. Next week, in part 2, we’ll see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God the "Grand Puppeteer?", part 2

Submitted 12-29-2021 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “If God is all-powerful, does that mean that He/She is the “Grand Puppeteer” and brought this pandemic upon us? If so, then why? Or as some say, God doesn’t bring bad things upon us, but allows bad things to just...

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