Kudos to Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney, CT-2, for correcting the historical record and defending the honor of my home state. In the movie "Lincoln," the principal character expresses disgust at two Connecticut congressmen who did not support him on the 13th Amendment. Courtney researched the matter and, it turns out, all of Connecticut's representatives voted in the affirmative. Full story here.
While the Catholic intelligentsia is focused on the HHS mandate, an important development is occurring that should warm our hearts: GOP governors are increasingly agreeing to expand Medicaid under the terms of the ACA. This is very good news for the nation's poor and working poor. Ron Brownstein at the National Journal has the story here.
Over at Commonweal, Grant Gallicho has a fine analysis of the USCCB response. Grant and I do not always see eye-to-eye, and I discern more movement within the conference than he does on this contentious issue, but his analysis is well worth a read.
Mark Silk, at RNS, is even less enthusiastic about the USCCB response than I am, and he makes some good points, especially the fact that the USCCB's most fundamental complaint was about the four-part definition, and the White House should deserve more credit for removing it. Reading Silk's piece, and a slew of emails this morning, I want to add another thought.
The USCCB’s response to the latest iteration of the
The President announced at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning that Joshua DuBois, his longtime aide and the head of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Initiatives will be leaving that post tomorrow. No word on a successor.
It is astonishing to me that Mr. Andrew Sullivan would post a transcript of a discussion he had with Christopher Hitchens about God and religion in which Sullivan shows himself to be so thoroughly shallow in his thinking about religion.
Sen Rand Paul's speech at the Heritage Foundation is striking in many regards. He insists he is not an isolationist but then outlines an essentially isolationist policy. He speaks a lot about George Kennan, but renders a tendentious reading of Kennan's life. But, what really jumped out at me was this:
Stephen Prothero is one of America’s leading scholars on the relationship between religion and politics. I have long agreed with him that Americans suffer from a religious illiteracy – and other forms of cultural illiteracy, of the kind that invites ideologues to prosper. There is a moral obligation to be intelligent, and this requires anyone really interested in American history to be religiously literate or else they will greatly misunderstand the American story.