During Pope Francis' traditional prayer on the United Nations's World Day Against Trafficking, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church called for a show of greater commitment to fighting human trafficking, calling it "a form of modern slavery."
"Every year, thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of labor exploitation, and sex and organ trafficking," Francis said. "This is ugly. It is cruel. It is criminal." According to the Internal Labor Organization, it is estimated that 21 million people are victims of forced labor, including victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation.
More Americans accepting polygamy
According to a recent Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who say the practice of polygamy, having more than one spouse at the same time, is morally acceptable is at an all-time high. Since beginning to measure attitudes toward social issues in 2001, the percentage of Americans who said polygamy was acceptable rose from 7 to 17 percent.
New book: 'Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God'
Kent Dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him. Instead he got bitten by a camel. Dobson was climbing the ladder of Christianity, too: a worship leader, teacher, and ultimately senior pastor of one of the largest and most prominent churches in America. But he was growing disillusioned with the faith, at least inside the shell of organized religion.
One Sunday morning, he preached to his congregation, "I don t know what the word God even means anymore." He soon left the church, but his quest for God became more intense than ever.
In "Bitten by a Camel," Dobson deconstructs much of what passes as Christianity. Then, engaging with Jesus and the Bible, he reconstructs a faith that is fulfilling, life-giving, and true — true to himself and true to God. Dobson's message is funny, poignant and winsome. And it is ultimately, like the message of Jesus himself, hopeful.