Over at The New Republic, John McWhorter takes on the kind of racial demagoguery we have seen in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial from Al Sharpton. McWhorter has been the most thoughtful commentator on the racial aspects of the case in his many public appearances to discuss the trial. I have never liked nor trusted Sharpton for reasons McWhorter explains better than I could.
That is the question posed by professor Anthea Butler in an article at Religion Dispatches. The article is dripping with hatred and does little in the way of enlightening anybody, which is, one would think, what we look for from the professorate. Professor Butler's writings are the best evidence I have seen so far as to why we need to revise tenure systems.
The debate over abortion restriction legislation in Texas has garnered national attention, not least because of a filibuster mounted by State Sen. Wendy Davis, a pro-choice Democrat whom Melinda Henneberger rightly called “Tough, cool and wrong.” Similar fights in North Carolina, Wisconsin and other states have garnered less attention, but together they form a trend. That trend is at once hopeful and worrisome.
Politico is reporting a deal to avert Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to change the Senate rules, limiting the use of the filibuster in Senate consideration of executive branch nominees, known a bit histrionically as the "nuclear option." As a consequence of the deal, Republicans in the Senate will allow votes on key appointees, especially that of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
This article at the National Catholic Register should give every bishop in America heartburn. They have whipped up people to think that the government is just waiting to rob us Catholics of our religious liberty, that the HHS mandate is evil incarnate, even though they refuse to say that it amounts to illicit material cooperation with evil, and the USCCB point man on the issue, Archbishop William Lori, publishes tendentious statements without correction.
Over at his blog at RNS, Mark Silk looks at an unfortunate effort by some evangelical groups to cloak their evangelizing goals in the garb of religious liberty. Silk rightly points out that this is NOT the way to preserve religious liberty.
A few weeks ago, in response to an article at RealClearReligion bemoaning ugly churches, I invited readers to submit the names of churches they thought were beautiful. I wish to thank all the commenters who sent in their selections. Indeed, I was especially grateful to those who called attention to churches I had never seen before but that certainly matched anyone's criterion of beauty; for example, the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker, Ore., and St.
Meghan Clark, over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, has a typically thoughtful theological reflection on the Zimmerman trial verdict and especially the hope that the family of Trayvon Martin has exhibited throughout.
At the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Kevin Wildes, S.J., President of Loyola University, makes the case for comprehensive immigration reform.
At the USCCB blog, Bishop John Wester looks at the encyclical Lumen Fidei and how Pope Francis is not only writing it, he is living it.