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.
The terrorist attacks in Paris understandably generated much media attention, and from so many different angles. We learned about the Muslim community in France, about the quasi-feud between Isis and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, about the foundational commitment of France to secularism and the limits they place on free speech, and about the state of counter-intelligence, to name just a few. One phrase, however, is found in many of these different reports, on the radio, the television and in print, that I find deeply disturbing.
Here are some links that might interest Distinctly Catholic readers:
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne debunks the idea that our government is engaged in massive income redistribution. Turns out that at the state and local levels, the distribution is from the poor to the rich.
Monday, I attended a briefing at the U.S. Capitol by Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America, and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, both of whom were part of a fact-finding mission to Honduras this past November. It turns out that the Catholic Church and the AFL-CIO are just about the only two organized groups in the U.S. who even discuss the root causes of immigration, and what can be done in both countries to improve the lives of our citizens.
For the indefinite future, because of a changed layout on our homepage, instead of posting multiple links through the day, I will bundle them up in one post that will go up mid-morning.
First, good news for the people of Northwestern Nebraska in the appointment of Monsignor Joseph Hanefeldt as the next bishop of Grand Island. Rocco has a profile.
Last year, the Democrats could not agree on a unifying message and they paid the price at the polls. Pulled in different directions by special interest groups, they ended up focusing on issues of particular interest to slices of the electorate but never found their voice on the kind of kitchen table issues that were once the Democratic Party’s strong suit.
This Thursday, at Catholic University, Professor Jim Youniss will deliver the Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture Thursday at 4 p.m. at Catholic University. You can find out more information, and register for the event, here.
Mark Silk, at RNS, on what he accurately dubs the "Francis climate change freak out." I suspect he is absolutely correct about why conservative US Catholics are freaking out: They have found ways to subvert what the pope says about economics, but on the environment, they really have no leg to stand on. They money quote:
Yesterday, I began examining the recent articles by Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Ra’fat Aldajani regarding the situation in the Middle East. Today, I conclude my rebuttal.
Mark Silk at RNS writes on the differences between French and American attitudes towards language about religion, but rightly concludes that Bill Donohue of the Catholic League gets it wrong, blaming the victim in the case of Charlie Hebdo. What I do not get, what I have never gotten, is that satire only works when it is outrageous and, just so, not believable, although it succeeds when it touches on a deeper truth. This was the core issue in the famous case Falwell v. Flynt.