An Economy of Souls

An Economy of Souls

Tweeter @hguptapolicy (HG) owes me a Sunday afternoon. I was about to take a quick nap before getting back to work when a chirp of his popped up on my twitter timeline. Basically, it said that if a person in Tamil Nadu wanted to become a Christian for $500, then […]

 

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