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Tablet Calls Out Anti-Semitism

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The Tablet, the London-based international Catholic weekly where I have served as U.S. correspondent for a few years now, has a fine editorial this week in which they call out anti-Semitism, and also attitudes that are close to anti-Semitism. Regular readers will know that few things alarm me more than the rise of anti-Semitic attitudes on the left. Hats off to the Tablet for calling it out.

Nativism Still Lives

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The National Review ran an editorial on the subject of comprehensive immigration reform last week. It was repulsive and it was repulsive in a particular way. It is Exhibit A in the argument that the sin of nativism is alive and well in America today.

 

The new nativism lacks the specific anti-Catholicism of its nineteenth century iteration, but it is clear that Calvinistic values still are the only values acceptable to real Americans. The editors write:

Immigration & Family Values

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John Gehring and Kristin Heyer have an op-ed in the San  Jose Mercury-News that makes the point that those who are concerned about family values need to get on board comprehensive immigration reform. This is an argument that, for me, is the most compelling - it is certainly unChristian, and I believe un-American, to separate wives from their husbands, and parents from their children, because of differing legal status within a family.

Economic Reductionism (& Idiocy) In Raleigh

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Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina did an interview with former Education Secretary Bill Bennett in which he said the following, according to the Huff Post:

“So I’m going to adjust my education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate with debt," McCrory said, adding, "What are we teaching these courses for if they're not going to help get a job?"

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