Michael Sean Winters is the author of Left At the Altar: How Democrats Lost The Catholics And How Catholics Can Save The Democrats (Basic Books, 2008). His biography of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right was published by Harper One in January 2012 to critical acclaim. 

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Bigotry and cowardice in the GOP

Michael Sean Winters: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has so far refused to discipline Rep. Lauren Boebert for her anti-Muslim bigotry. It seems that the politics of paranoia invites cowardice on the part of leaders whose job it is to stigmatize aberrant behavior, not cower before it.


Links: Gerrymandering in Wisconsin, the Black Madonna at CUA, and Build Back Better health provisions

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Newly gerrymandered state legislatures; Dr. Oz running for Senate; health care provisions in the Build Back Better bill.


On World AIDS Day, what that pandemic teaches us about COVID-19

Michael Sean Winters: Two decades ago, the U.S. took the lead in bringing AIDS treatments to poorer countries. Do we have the compassion and the courage to mount such an effort again — or even put our own house in order?


Links: Republicans control state legislatures; Archbishop Gomez earns some praise

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Some threats to democracy are less violent than others, but just as damaging; Trump-endorsed candidates quit, tread water; U.S. bishops compliment José Gomez.