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Anti-Muslim Bigotry Coming to Billboards Near You

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Mark Silk has the story on Pamela Geller's posting anti-Muslim bigotry on billboards and advertisements in subway stations. I had never grasped the connection to Ayn rand in this story, which makes it more interesting, albeit no less repugnant.

Here is the link - http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/mark-silk/gellers-jihad. Besides, everyone should have Silk on their Favorites or Must-Read pages anyway.

 

James Carroll's Silly Solipsism

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James Carroll was given ample space in the Boston Globe to explain his thoughts on the Second Vatican Council. And, fine writer that he is, he recalls with exquisite detail his entry into seminary in the early 1960s. He remembers what he was wearing, he remembers the changes in his routine, he remembers his surprise when a television was brought into the common room of the seminary so that the inmates could watch the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Clark on Aquinas and the Budget

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Meghan Clark has another thoughtful article, Part II in her series, on Thomas Aquinas and how his approach to ethical judgment requires the kind of careful analysis that some bishops - Morlino, Paprocki, Boyea come to mind - wish to ignore, preferring a kind of moral relativism that permits them to sweep all the moral failings of Mr. Ryan's budget under the rug of prudential judgment. As Clark indicates, Thomas is more demanding.

Schneck on Euthanasia and Medicaid

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Over at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Steve Schneck looks at the different ways the human dignity of the elderly is threatened in our society.

Here is a nightmare scenario: We create a culture in which we put tax cuts for the rich above sustaining Medicaid, as sound conservative libertarian doctrine insists. Seniors and their families then face horrible financial burdens. Then the libertarians of the left come along with a quick fix: euthansia. That, my friends, is the culture of death and the fact that its source is libertarian in both instances tells us all we need to know about why Catholics must resist the libertarian sensibilities whenever and wherever they show themselves.

You will recall the GOP debate last winter when people applauded at the prospect of a person being left to die because he had no health insurance. That was an anecdote. We can't let it become a governing philosophy.

Scheiber on Ryan's Drag on The Ticket

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Also over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber shows how the Ryan selection has been a drag on the GOP ticket. The simple reason: His Medicare proposals have so scared seniors that they are turning to Obama. Seniors have always been the toughest demographic for Obama, but he is now leading or running even with them in key swing states. Romney needs to rack up huge majorities among seniors to offset Obama's lead among young voters. This, more than anything, explains why the election is fast slipping out of Romney's grasp.

There is one other aspect to this that warrants attention and makes Romney's climb even steeper. He can run ads, he can go on the stump and say that he will not change Medicare for seniors. But, on Medicare, seniors trust the AARP more than they do a political ad or a stump speech. And, seniors are not selfish - they like their own Medicare but they want their kids to have it too.

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