Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona must decide this week whether or not to sign SB 1062, a law that would enact an expansive state-level version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Regrettably, the Arizona Catholic Conference has encouraged Gov. Brewer to sign the law.
Archbishop William Lori famously testified that telling a Catholic businessman that he must provide contraception in his health insurance policy is a little like telling a kosher deli it must sell pork. The analogy failed because Jewish law does not prohibit the selling of pork to others, just the eating of it by Jews.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson argues that productivity gains should result in higher wages, as they did for many years, and suggests that corporate tax reform is the way to help achieve this: Lower rates go to companies that share the wealth with their workers. The idea, as Meyerson notes, was Bill Galston's, and Galston is one of the sharpest thinkers in the land. This idea has merit.
There is much in R.R. Reno’s recent essay in America that is beyond reproach. Reno attempts to provide cultural analysis, with a primary focus on law, to explain why he believes we are heading into an era that will be more hostile to religion than any that went before.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk looks at the latest instance of anti-Jewish bigotry found on the Christian Left, this time among the Presbyterians. The money quote:
Over at HuffPost, C.J. Reid has a thoughtful reflection on tradition, how it works and why it is not only inescapable, but precious. The adjective I would add: normative.
Our friends at the Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in the UK, are taking an online survey, asking respondents a series of questions about Pope Francis. It only takes about five minutes. You can take the survey by clicking here.
I have held off writing about last weekend’s verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn, the man who killed a black teenager, Jordan Davis, during a shouting match over the loud music that Davis and his friends were playing. Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder, but the jury could not reach a verdict on the lead charge of first degree murder in the shooting of Davis.
This video shows Nicaragua's Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes heading to Rome, where he will be made a cardinal on Saturday. In blue jeans. No cappa magna. (h/t Rocco)
I am not shy about my many disagreements with George Weigel, so I am delighted, and obligated, to note that I mostly agree with his take on the Holy See's relationship with the United Nations.