Politico reports that gay rights groups say they were "utterly betrayed" by key Senate Democrats who have long-standing records of support for LGBT issues when those same senators declined to put forward an amendment designed to include gay couples in the immigration reform compromise that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee two days ago. These same senators, incidentally, support same sex marriage, that is, "front door" federal recognition of gay marriage.
The other day, I called attention to an excellent essay, published at the Huffington Post, by Charles Reid, law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Reid argues that Christians must be literate in science and combat the idea that science and faith are necessarily at odds and doomed to the kind of struggle Dan Brown likes to write about.
An editorial in the Washington Post this morning hits the nail on the head. Apple did not apparently break the law by diverting $30 billion in profits to Ireland where the company paid no taxes on that profit. The problem is not with Apple, but with a byzantine tax code that makes such tax avoidance schemes possible. It is time for Congress and the administration to get busy with a real overhaul of the tax code.
Over at HuffPost, Charles Reid has a very smart article up about the relationship of the Christian Church to science. Reid is a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and his comments are all on the mark. I will have more to say on this issue tomorrow.
Pope Francis visited a soup kitchen located right near the Vatican yesterday. And, in remarks, he denounced "savage capitalism." The pope is on a roll and it is more than a little interesting to hear all that quiet from the neo-con and libertarian benches. What are they thinking?
Comprehensive Immigration Reform cleared its first major legislative hurdle yesterday as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to send the bill to the full Senate.
Here is a video of E.W. Jackson has secured the GOP nomination for Lt. Gov. in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here is a video of him a couple of years ago when he ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nomination. Scared yet?
This article at HuffPost is making the rounds. Steve Krueger, head of Catholic Democrats, charges Cardinal Sean O'Malley with "moral relativism" because of his decision not to attend Boston College's graduation ceremony yesterday. I do not think Cardinal Sean needs any lectures on caring for the poor from anybody.
From the press release from our friends at NETWORK:
Joining with labor, civic and fellow faith leaders, NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” are hitting the road for a 6,500-mile, 15-state tour to raise their voices for bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform. The trip is scheduled to begin across from Ellis Island at Liberty State Park in New Jersey on May 29 and conclude with a rally in the shadow of San Francisco’s Angel Island on June 18.
If you work at the Mideast desk at the State Department, one of the most useful pieces of information to know would be the attitudes of young Egyptians. The revolution that toppled longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak has produced a fast-changing political climate in which the long-term problems afflicting the society are not susceptible to quick solutions, but revolutions produce expectations in abundance.