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Who Is a "Real" Democrat?

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Kristen Day, head the group Democrats for Life, wrote a letter to New York State Senator Jeff Klein after Klein said that “real” Democrats support abortion rights. Hats off to Day for setting the record straight and reminding Sen. Klein, and everyone, that while we pro-lifers are a minority within the Democratic Party, we are not a negligible minority and we may be the only intellectually coherent wing of either party! Here is the full text of Day's letter:

 

+Gomez Breaks the Omerta

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“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” wrote Archbishop Jose Gomez in a letter to the clergy and faithful of Los Angeles that was released last night. “The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.”

A Speaker Cancellation to Applaud

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The Diocese of Worcester has canceled a planned speech by Robert Spencer at an upcoming Catholic Men's Conference. Normally, I do not approve of cancelling speakers slated to address a Catholic audience. I find such efforts counter-productive at best and moralistically reductionist at worst. But, there is really no reason to have a speaker who is just hateful, and Mr. Spencer's characterizations of Islam are hateful, extremely so.

Political Stupidity and Shame

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This morning's Washington Post reports that two African-American legislators in Virginia, both Democrats, are considering whether or not to support a GOP-backed redistricting plan that would cram more minority voters into fewer districts, making two districts more likely to elect a minority candidate, but making the eight surrounding districts less friendly to Democrats of any color.

My Favorite Congregational Minister: Rev. Lillian Daniel

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I am sure that there are many issues on which the Rev. Lillian Daniel and I would not exactly see eye-to-eye. But hats off to the pastor at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois for confronting the "I am spiritual but not religious" approach to the life of faith. Here is a recent interview she did with NPR. (h/t to David Gibson at Commonweal)

Faith & Secularism: It's Not Just for RCs Anymore

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This article in yesterday's New York Times about the political forces surrounding the issue of secularization in Israeli politics was fascinating. Turns out it is not only Catholics in the U.S. that are navigating the issue of how religion and political culture intersect and, indeed, in Israel all such issues have an urgency because of that country's need for political unity in the face of its external threats. See any parallels to the U.S.?

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