Semantics in religion and law

I’m still scratching my head over the furor with Pres. Obama and the Catholic Church about providing contraception for employees. As I understand it, the edict from Washington originally said all Catholic institutions had to cover/pay for/provide contraception for female… Read More ›

So that’s how it is

I just saw a teaser on TV for Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter” show on Sunday. It was evangelist Joel Osteen saying something like (paraphrasing): “I can’t be helpful to people if I’m all poor and depressed myself.” Finally. The rationale… Read More ›

More on the mosque

As the media-stoked controversy over the so-called “Mosque at Ground Zero” in New York City rages on, I can’t help thinking about a similar situation: Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was a Catholic. Yet no… Read More ›

Obama punts with Sotomayor?

Some knee-jerk reactions upon hearing that Pres. Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court: You just had to do it, didn’t you? You just had to name Sotomayor because she’s both female and Hispanic. An irresistible two-fer. Of… Read More ›