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Racism on Both Sides of the Mason-Dixon Line


Ever since the killing of nine African-Americans at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina, the nation has been focused on removing the symbols of the Confederacy. It is a good thing that the Confederate battle flag was taken down from the grounds of the Capitol in South Carolina, but that is not enough to heal the nation’s racial tensions. There was no Confederate battle flag flying in West Baltimore where riots broke out earlier this year, nor in Chicago where eleven African-Americans were slain in violence over the 4th of July weekend.

The GOP's Real Problem


The loud, obnoxious billionaire Donald Trump has become more of a headache for the Republican Party than Hillary Clinton. Since announcing his unlikely bid for the nation’s highest office, Trump has upset expectations, zoomed to the top of the polls, and, as he never loses a chance to assure us, he has plenty of his own money to fund his campaign. Still, the worst is yet to come.

The Planned Parenthood Undercover Video


The undercover video of a Planned Parenthood official describing the extraction of body parts, between bites of a salad and sips of wine, is not easy to watch. In some basic sense, the videotaped comments speak for themselves: This is what dehumanization looks and sounds like. Hannah Arendt coined the term “banality of evil” and it applies here. Still, the video raises as many questions as it answers for the pro-life movement.

Links for 07/16/15


A report from the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University on the efforts to organize adjunct faculty at the school. This could be a model for other universities dealing with this important issue. Certainly, schools that are concerned with their Catholic identity need to consider living in accordance with the Church's social doctrine. (h/t to Clayton Sinyai at the Catholic Labor Network.)


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October 9-22, 2015


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