AMERICAN NOTES: Fasting Is Not Enough

Most Americans, though inflation has undeniably shrunk their dollars, celebrated Thanksgiving last week in the midst of a national bounty that remains largely unabated. At the same tune, many people in the world's poorest nations were on the brink of starvation, and an inevitable twinge of conscience accompanied the realization that so little here equals so much there. Boston-based Oxfam-America, an organization devoted to worldwide famine relief, sponsored a recent day-long nationwide fast; the money that would otherwise have been spent on food will provide emergency aid and self-help agricultural programs to needy countries. A number of religious leaders...

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