Despite a last-minute hitch, Turkey and Armenia signed an agreement normalizing relations. The accord comes almost a century after the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915, an action for which Turkey denies responsibility. Under the agreement, a panel of independent historians will study the genocide issue.
All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., is facing an IRS investigation for its politically themed sermons dating back to 2004. Here, Truthdig reproduces the defiant sermon that its rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, delivered this past Sunday, in which he voices strong opposition to the U.S. government’s perceived position that churches should stay silent in the face of the world’s injustices.