Rather than express the humanity advised in the GOP autopsy after the 2012 presidential loss or heeding the voice of young Republicans, the candidates contort themselves on the question of whether they would even attend a gay wedding.
Only a small group of York County’s Christian pastors signed a letter last week to encourage their brethren live in harmony with Muslims in the community. But we suspect the sentiments of the letter were shared by a large number of people of all faiths.
Eight hundred years ago next month, English noblemen forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. It’s still having amazing effects on the world today. The Magna Carta helped usher in government with a separation of powers. It helped create conditions in which centralized authority could not totally control fiscal, political, religious or intellectual life. It helped usher in the modern Anglo-Saxon state model, with its relative emphasis on the open movement of people, ideas and things.
The execution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing – if it ever takes place – will quite possibly be the last of its kind, remembered as the last time the United States government put a person to death.
“Think of the starving children in India before you waste the food on your plate,” my friends’ mothers would say to them. This was in the 1960s in New York City, where I lived as a child. It was really hurtful and made me feel inferior. So were the taunts by the bullies about my being a “Hindoo” and “cow worshiper.” The only people who were treated worse than brown-skinned people were the African-Americans who were called “Negros.”
This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world.
This pandering-to-the-tea-party policy was bad enough in that it singled out the needy, who are hardly the only recipients of government aid, based on a few anecdotal accounts of misuse while overlooking the grinding reality of everyday poverty in which choices are as limited as they are tough.
Islamic State has just taken the city of Palmyra in Syria, putting at risk its magnificent ruins and raising two questions: Why did the government and its military not fight harder to hold the town and its oil fields? And will the Islamist radicals now engage in an orgy of cultural destruction, as they have done in Iraq?
Now it is almost unconscionable to think of a president who didn’t believe in God. In fact, a poll last year by the Pew Research Center found that not believing in God was the most negative trait a presidential candidate could have among a variety of options, even more negative than having an extramarital affair.
This week, Hillary Clinton broke her almost month-long streak of avoiding the press. After a speech on small businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she took six questions from reporters who have been diligently following her around since she announced her presidential candidacy April 12.
“France’s foreign minister says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with world powers over its atomic program.” That is an actual news item, not a punchline from the Onion. The report coincides with this week’s remarks from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that Iran would not let military sites be inspected nor allow investigators to speak with Iranian scientists. If Iran is bent on sticking with these positions, the Obama administration will be hard-pressed to come up with a final deal that passes the straight-face test.