Links for 1/16/15

Some rightwingnuts - that should be a word - who especially stoke anti-Muslim xenophobia are taking to the twitter verse to spread fears about the appointment of Rep. Andre Caron to the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Carson will be the first Muslim-American to serve on the post. Politico has the story. 

Over at, Dan DiLeo writes on the pope's anticipated encyclical on the environment and draws useful clarifications about Church authority. DiLeo is one of the most thoughtful theologians on this subject and someone to be paying attention to when the encyclical hits.

Paul Elie, writing at Work in Progress, on Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal.  

And, in this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on the foundational ways science and religion do not frustrate each other. 

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