Uncle Tom’s Cabin

AHA celebrates 157 years of the antislavery novel. I don’t remember anyone marking the 150th anniversary. I remember going to a movie version in the 1960s … but I don’t remember seeing that movie since, and it isn’t available on Netflix. Judging by IMDB and Wikipedia, that version, released in 1965, was a German production.

The Brazilian Excommunications. Again.

Catholicism so rarely excommunicates anyone (and never a cleric accused of sexual abuse of children), that when it does happen it makes the news. And then people start dissecting it. In the case of the excommunication in Brazil of various people involved in aborting a 9-year-old girl’s twin fetuses, which was subsequently criticized by a…