Links for 02/16/15

A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 73% of Americans back President Obama's efforts to ameliorate the plight of undocumented immigrants. And, the GOP Congress is threatening to shut down the government unless the President's executive order gets rolled back. 

Joel Achenbach, in yesterday's Washington Post Outlook section, on why some Americans resist the conclusions of science.  

Over at Commonweal, Matthew Boudway responds to Austen Ruse's rather pathetic attempt to argue that the libertarian label does not apply to anybody he knows. This controversy grew out of a conference I helped organize last year. Stay tuned: We will be announcing our second "Erroneous Autonomy" conference soon and I am confident that the second will turn some heards too. 

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. This means that for forty days, no Gloria and no Alleluia. Here are one of the best Glorias and best Alleluias of all time.

Vivaldi's Gloria:


And Randall Thompson's setting of the Alleluia:


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