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Speaking of Racial Demagoguery


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.

Texas Abortion Battle


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.


Good News Finally!


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.

Nat'l Catholic Register Says "Kill" CHA


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.

The Most Beautiful Churches


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.


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April 21-May 4, 2017