There are two ways that religion has been brought into public life in American history. The first way--God is on our side--leads inevitably to triumphalism, self-rightenousness, bad theology, and, often, dangerous foreign policy. The second way--asking if we are on God's side--leads to much healthier things, namely, penitence and even repentance, humility, reflection, and even accountability.

Jim Wallis

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I cannot understand why America, where we are egalitarian and respect workers and reject class and caste, has become the tipping capitol of the world. Foreigners find it awkward and bizarre, and surely many of us do, too. I would love simply to pay bills without wondering about how much to add--10% at breakfast? Many people, in other countries, find the idea of tips demeaning. Why don't we?
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