Sloppy Journalism

Over at Der Spiegel, Alexander Schwabe shows complete lack of comprehension of Catholic teaching, American history, and the writings of Joseph Ratzinger. He writes: During the election campaign, Ratzinger sent a letter to the American bishops, in which he said that all Catholic candidates who were not in favor of a ban on abortion should…

Above the Law

Tompaul has a post on the Bush administration’s repeated claim to be above the law. Mark Shea rolls his eyes at those who now think we should be proud of torture.

An Afternoon at Congress

Roy Adams reports in the Adventist Review on a couple of Congressional hearings last month. He was there to hear James Standish and others testify on behalf of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. He got there a little early, and managed to hear testimony before a different committee: Jamie Leigh Jones telling of her experience…

Hillary in Tuzla

Via Mark Shea. See also the Washington Post, which says, Clinton’s tale of landing at the Tuzla airport “under sniper fire” and then running for cover is simply not credible. Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, combined with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story. Four Pinocchios.

Show Me the Money

[As preached in March 2008] It’s that time again—we’re in the middle of another Presidential campaign. Religious issues have been in the forefront this year even more than usual. Mike Huckabee is a former Southern Baptist pastor; Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop. Catholic candidates have faced increasing pressure from their bishops that they uphold…

Election Day

I was at the polls from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a couple of short breaks. It was a grueling day. About 300 people voted in person (250 had voted early), from three precincts that were combined. Ours is the minority party in our part of Houston–their polling place was swarming, with long lines.…

Chelsea Clinton Goes to Church

Chelsea Clinton was out for Catholic voters in Houston yesterday, with visits to two Catholic churches, Immaculate Heart of Mary (Hispanic) and Christ the Incarnate Word (Vietnamese).

The Election

OK. Now the media is free to speak of front-runners. And on the Republican side, the posturing and speculation and prognostication by journalists over the past many months is showing itself to have been in vain. Rudy was their darling. He was the crowned “front-runner” before any votes were cast. “Let him that thinketh he…

Punishing Those in Need

Hillary Clinton once again endorses the idea that individuals should be punished if they don’t have health care, suggesting that if you can’t or won’t purchase it, your wages should be garnished.

Vermont Politics

Vermont politics are unique. It is, I think, the only state that requires a “Freeman’s Oath” upon registering to vote (at least, that’s what it was called for over two hundred years; since 1994 is has been called a “Voter’s Oath” thanks to an “inclusive language” bill). It also has democracy at its most basic,…

The Nevada Primaries and the Sabbath

Alex Carpenter notes at the Spectrum blog the Nevada caucuses of both parties will be held on Saturday morning, January 19. Absentee ballots are not permitted. This means Sabbath-keepers will be disenfranchised. He links to the blog of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; they are also concerned, and they note that others are also…

No State Left Behind

The Michigan primary is being boycotted and/or ignored by Democrats and Republicans–commentary in the Detroit News is incredulous. Details. Only names on the Democratic ballot will be Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Uncommitted and Christopher Dodd–write-ins are not permitted.

Mike Huckabee’s Christmas Ad

I might not be as concerned about Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad, its “floating cross,” and its blatant pandering to evangelicals if he weren’t also being hosted at a fundraiser by Steven Hotze, who represents the most extreme “Reconstructionist” wing of the Republic party. These are the folks who believe in Dominion theology, or creating a…

Romney on Religious Liberty

Text of Mitt Romney’s speech at the George Bush Presidential Library this morning. “As governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution.  I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution –…

Man Cited for Flag Burning in San Antonio

David Bohmfalk was cited for burning a flag–a Mexican flag–in front of the Alamo. Authorities say his actions left some of the Mexican nationals in the Alamo crowd feeling burned. However, Bohmfalk’s attorney, Jason Jakob, says, freedom of speech is Bohmfalk’s constitutional right. “My client felt so strongly, and exercised protest, by burning that flag,”…

Carter: US Has Abandoned Human Rights

Jimmy Carter issues scathing denunciation of Bush’s policies. Bush [recently] defended the [criticized interrogation] techniques used, saying, “This government does not torture people.” Asked about Bush’s comments, Carter said, “That’s not an accurate statement if you use the international norms of torture as has always been honored — certainly in the last 60 years since…

New Light on Bush Torture Approval

Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations. It’s not just about the amorality of the White House, its insistence on justifying the unspeakable in any way possible, but about its subornation of the Justice Department to that end. Also in this article, more info about the CIA’s involvement in shooting down missionaries in Peru. The Bush…

The Presidential Candidates and Religion

The candidates have been polled by AP. They were simple questions of fact: “what their religion is, whether there is a particular church that they are a member of, and how often they attend services.” All but one answered the questions.

Doctors oppose Gov. Perry’s vaccine plan

American Academy of Pediatrics and Texas Medical Association say Gov. Rick Perry has jumped the gun. Both associations make arguments like I have made. The AAP in particular notes that this isn’t why we require school vaccines. Among the statement’s points is that mandating a vaccine for a disease not spread by casual or occupational…

Initiative 957

Washington initiative  would require married couples to have children. Proponents of gay marriage are pushing the matter, saying, in effect, “If you say marriage must be for procreation, well we’ll give heterosexual couples three years to have them, after which, their marriage will be annulled.”