The Labor Department reported that the economy created 114,000 new jobs last month, tipping the unemployment rate below 8 percent for the first time in a long time. But, the really interesting news was in the revisions to previous numbers. Last month, you may recall, the Labor Dept. said that the economy in August added only 96,000 new jobs, prompting shrieks from Mr. Romney and his party. The revised number is 142,000.
The chairmen of Evangelicals & Catholics Together (ECT), Timothy George and Thomas Guarino, have an article up at First Things about the on-going project that was initiated by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus and Chick Colson. I quibble a bit with their historical rendering: ECT did not simply start as an effort to adjudicate relations between the churches in their respective missionary efforts in Latin America.
Some of you may be old enough to remember the game show “To Tell the Truth.” It featured three contestants all claiming to be the same person. The celebrity panelists asked questions to try and determine which of the contestants was who he or she claimed to be. Each show ended with the host saying: “Will the real –insert name- please stand up?”
The election will occur one month from tomorrow. And voters can be forgiven for wishing to mimic the told television show and ask: Will the real - insert Mitt Romney or Barack Obama- please stand up?
Blog: Was last night's presidential debate a success or a huge snooze? Here's Michael Sean Winters' take.
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.
My colleague Jerry Filteau has already written an excellent news piece about the conference on International Religious Liberty that was organized by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University, the USCCB and CRS. Full disclosure - I am a visiting fellow at the Institute and helped organize the conference.
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.
Judge Carol Jackson, who was named to the bench by President George H.W. Bush, ruled against a private, for-profit employer who had brought suit against the HHS contraception mandate. This is the Taco Bell issue, although the plaintiff in the case was not Taco Bell. ThinkProgress has the story here.
Archbishop Gomez wrote a column in his diocesan newspaper, the Tidings, that framed some key issues for Catholics to consider when voting.
The key takeaway for me was this:
Neither presidential campaign has distinguished itself with its veracity. But there is a hierarchy of deceit in campaigns, as in life.