— bell hooks “All About Love” (via namanthia)
Amy Levin did a great piece of analysis for The Revealer on President Obama’s “coming out” last week:
While the majority of pundits across the spectrum are wondering if this is anything more than a political ploy for re-election, a few medialites focused in on Obama’s confession as an expression of faith. Today at The Washington Post, Elizabeth Tenety highlights Obama’s evolution (yes, she believes in evolution) on the issue, as he calls it, as well as that fact that he “ invoked Christ and the Golden Rule in detailing how he has changed.”
Are faith statements and politiking mutually exclusive? Because last I checked, God seems to love presidential elections.
Read the full article here.
by Mary Valle
The Vatican has announced a crackdown on US sisters, who, amongst other offenses like running hospitals and educating countless children and young adults, are possibly guilty of promoting “radical feminist themes.”
This news kicked off a lot of frenzied tweeting on my part. I saw Doom arrive in the form of this announcement. I cried “But I DON’T WANT TO BE A UNITARIAN!” and quickly followed that with “But I just don’t know how to not be a Catholic! KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
In case you missed it, the Vatican has come down hard on nuns for being too focused on issues of social justice instead of toeing the political line on birth control and homosexuality. This isn’t the best article written on the issue, but this line, I thought was very telling. “the Bishops, who are the Church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” The Bishops are authentic, not nuns. The men, not women. The people in control, the top of the hierarchy, not the everyday people, the democratically engaged people, the people living in the real world. That line, to me, says it all about the difference between the establishment and the people.