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.
Most mornings, I post my big blog by 9 a.m. and then post links to other good articles throughout the morning. This morning, however, I have a wave of commitments so I have posted everything - a commentary on nativism and two links - already. Be sure to check back at NCRToday for commentary throughout the day on important issues and breaking news.
The editorial board of the Washington Post, which board is hardly any longer a source of reliably leftie opinions, opines on the HHS mandate revisions announced Friday.
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.
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:
Jonathan Cohn, at The New Republic, knows more about health care policy than anyone I know. In this essay, he looks at some of the remaining challenges of the Affordable Care Act.
Michael Gerson takes issue with the new
When I got an email last night asking if I had seen Archbishop Charles Chaput’s statement on the HHS mandate revisions announced Friday, I thought to myself, “Who died and elected Archbishop Chaput the president of the USCCB?”
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.