The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, is representative of a new brand of Catholic ideologue who is deeply hostile to government and, just so, seems to be decidedly clueless about history. Check out this speech he gave to the Christian Life Summit in which he blasts the Catholic Church and its bishops because "They’ve helped create a culture of dependency on government, not God.
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Over at Religion & Politics, Professor John Carlson of Arizona State University recalls President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and looks at the moral underpinnings of the President's worldview when it comes to foreign policy. This is a must-read essay.
The Onion on the Holy Father's outreach to young people. This is truly funny, and the Onion is not really making fun of the Pope here.
Last night, Rachel Maddow began her show with a segment on the plans some Republicans are hatching to award their state’s electoral college votes by congressional district. Currently, all but two states, Maine and Nebraska, award all their electoral college votes to whoever wins the popular vote in the state, a winner-take-all system.
Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post this morning on why Lansing, Michigan is a lot like Beijing these days. Brilliant.
Lord knows, there were more than the usual number of contestants for Politifact's "Lie of the Year" award. The winner goes to Mitt Romney's ad in the final weeks of the campaign about Jeep outsourcing jobs to China. Congratulations Mr. Romney. You won something after all.
Yesterday, the U.S. government granted official recognition to the Syrian opposition. Yesterday, the negotiations over the fiscal cliff continued. Yesterday, North Korea launched a missile into orbit. Yesterday, Michigan passed a "right-to-work" law. But, you wouldn't have known it if you were watching CNN last night. As soon as news broke about a shooting at a shopping mall in Portland, Oregon, CNN went into ambulance-chaser mode. The shootings in Portland were awful, to be sure. My heart goes out to the victims' and their families.
Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature slammed through so-called, and misnamed, “right-to-work” laws yesterday and Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed them into law. Michigan, home of the United Auto Workers, scene of the Flint sit-down strike in the 1930’s, became the twenty-fourth state in the Union to adopt these flawed laws.
I have long since reached the conclusion that Eric Metaxas, best known for his biography of Bonhoeffer, is dangerous. Metaxas is very smart, very funny, very savvy. He has an essay posted at CNN's Belief Blog that displays all those traits and also indicates why he is dangerous. He writes: