Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gerald Slevin on Pius IX and the Doctrine of Infallibility: Pope Francis Can Make the Church Great Again by Eliminating the "Infallibility Trap"



Earlier today, I linked to a very fine statement by Irish lay Catholic Ursula Halligan in response to recent comments by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland. Archbishop Martin notes that the Catholic community has difficulty welcoming people who do not live up to its ideals — notably, LGBTQ people. In response, Ursula Halligan asks Archbishop Martin,

Saturday News Items: How We Became Troll Nation; Men Need to Be Saved from Themselves; Trump Simply Casts Bright Light on What White Evangelicals Have Long Been, Etc.


Here are some bits and pieces of news commentary I've read in the last two days that I'd like to recommend to you. In the video at the head of the posting, Amanda Marcotte is talking with Cenk Uygur about her new book Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set on Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself. At Salon today, there's another video in which Marcotte says essentially what she says in this much longer interview with Cenk Uygur. I cannot spot a way to embed the Salon video with you, so I'm sharing this interview with Cenk Uygur. The portion of the video from 1:06 to 3:53 is the portion in which Marcotte explains the thesis of her new book: that's what I'm recommending to you.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Photo Essay: Cigars, Phallic Twattery, and Keeping a Woman Out of the White House

Heather Dockray, "Who are these cartoon villains driving around with Rudy Giuliani?" As Dockray reports, the photo of Giuliani and Roger Ailes sporting cigars  is from Twitter, Oct. 2016; she cites a number of tweets with the image, but it's not clear to me who took this photo and was its original Twitter source.

A Friday photo essay for you: what story do you hear these interlocking (to my way of seeing, that is) images telling us?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Long Reads: Trump and White Evangelicals; New Book on Trump and Evangelicals; How to Alienate Millennials from Pro-Life Movement



Three long-read excerpts from essays I've read today that I think are very good reads — and which I'd like to recommend:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Getting Crueler, Smaller, Uglier" — "And We're Being Led Into War by a Corrupt President"



Tuesday, April 10, 2018