In this post at his blog at RNS, Mark Silk corrects George Will, who repeated a famous line of Dwight Eisenhower's but misunderstood its significance.
President Obama’s comments in race and the Trayvon Martin case Friday were significant in many regards. It is worth looking in some detail at the more salient points but especially on our response to his call for all Americans to do some “soul-searching.”
President Obama spoke personally and powerfully today about the experiences of black men in America. You can tell that conservative pundits were waiting because they all trotted out the same talking point within seconds of his conclusion. They were shocked that he spoke as he did because he had promised to be "a president for everyone." To be clear, in his remarks, the president was a "president for everyone" because everyone needed to hear what he had to say.
Fordham's Charles Camosy has a post up at the Post's "On Faith" blog on the way labels not only can tend to divide people, but often distort political debate. Good stuff.
Over at Commonweal, Rick Garnett uses the recent Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage to explore the different varieties of conscience protection. Typically, Garnett offers a thoughtful analysis of the issues and I mostly am in agreement with him, especially on the need for civil society to be a less homogenous, more actually diverse, arena of human activity.
In this morning's Washington Post, Ruth Marcus has a splendid op-ed on the Snowden case and why he really should not be anyone's hero.
Two very different Congressmen, Jim Sensenbrenner and John Lewis, are profiled (in the good way) by the WaPo this morning for their work together on the Voting Rights Act. Trying to craft legislation that will pass constitutional muster is the challenge. For Lewis, it is the calling of his entire life.
I had not intended to make the examination of the Texas abortion laws a three day enterprise, but there is one aspect of the current abortion discussion that merits attention which I have not had a chance to get to yet: abortion and conscience.
The news that some insurance premiums in New York State have dropped 50%, in part because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is a staggering piece of news. It raises the question that Republicans will need to face in the coming weeks and months: What of Obamacare works at reducing the explosive costs of health care? Not just enrolling millions of people in insurance plans, but in actually cutting costs for those who already have insurance?
In my morning post, I called for a return of the "seamless garment" approach to life issues. After posting my article, I went over to the website of Vatican Insider and found that the Holy Father had sent a letter to the Church in Great Britain and Ireland to make their "Day of Life" celebration. The Pope's message included this: