Over at National Journal, Tiffany Stanley has a wonderful profile of Richard Land and what his departure from the national stage illustrates about long-term trends within the Religious Right.
This episode of the always strange "Militant TV" is so vile and crazy and conspiratorial, one suspects a mental defect in addition to the obvious moral ones.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson has a really smart piece on what we American should be learning from Germany - and others - about structuring the economy in ways that are not only more just, but more sustainable.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker has done the Church a great service in publishing an article at Patheos in which he advises those conservative Catholics who do not like Pope Francis on how they can best cope with this pontificate.
Nothing wrong with Kansas that a new governor can't fix. At least that is the opinion of more than 100 Republican officeholders who have broken ranks and endorsed the Democratic candidate Paul Davis. Politico has the story. Kudos to these Republicans for stepping up and working to take back their party from the crazies. I note in passing that this week, Governor Sam Brownback had Sen. Rick Santorum in to campaign for him.
If a person – and a people - is not moved by the suffering of children, it is hard to imagine what will incite empathy. The crisis facing the nation at the moment regarding the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America is not an immigration crisis, it is a crisis of indifference.
Mark Silk, at RNS, always seems to find news items I miss which is why I check his website at least daily. Today, he writes about the great State of Alabama, where some conservatives are upset that the state's open carry law, allowing people to bring their guns to the polling places with them, cannot be applied to churches, some of which do double duty as polling places on election day. Here is a GOP conundrum of the first order: religious freedom versus Second Amendment.
This article at Politico dissects the political disconnect in North Carolina, which saw large numbers of people sign up for health insurance under the terms of Obamacare, but also seem disinclined to reward their state's incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan for supporting the law that made it possible. File this under "Nixon Won Twice" in the cabinet marked "Deep Reservations About Democracy."
The controversy over the theory of gravity continues. While most scientists have accepted the theory, a determined, vocal and well-funded group of politicians, armed with studies most scientists dismiss, argue that Newton got it wrong. Corporations that make hydraulic lifts and airplane manufacturers are concerned that the debate could affect their businesses. Journalists, abiding by their own standards, feel compelled to acknowledge both sides of the dispute. The general public, unable to ascertain the veracity of the rival claims, seem inclined to sit this debate out.
Social science, especially psychology, never tells us all we need to know, nor even the most important things to know, but this new research into the behavior of rich people rings true to me, and it is not pretty.