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Who’s the Enemy?  The Catholic Church.  Chicago Cardinal Francis George is unhappy that the gay pride parade will pass a local parish on the final Sunday in June–and that the Catholic leadership was not consulted about the new parade route.  Today on Fox Chicago News the Cardinal compared gay “rhetoric” to that of the Klu Klux Klan. (h/t Anthea Butler)

Plea Inbred.  If you haven’t yet read Matthew Shaer’s latest for New York magazine, go do so now.  He covers the Borough Park murder case of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky by a member of the Hasidic community.  The accused’s lawyer is now claiming his client is inbred. Continue Reading →

The Roots of Racism

Rachel Sladja at Talking Points Memo has a good piece up about the roots of all the recent Shar’iah-is-coming-for-your-freedom hysteria.  It’s worth a read for the research TPM did to trace the anti-Muslim commentary in the media over the past decade.  But I can’t help but wonder if Islam (and Shari’ah) doesn’t just conveniently fit into the bogeyman placeholder that’s been consistently used by conservatives to manipulate foreign policy. Continue Reading →

Pay for Plunder

Andrew Suderman writes at The Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) that the “Green Bishop,” Anglican Geoffrey Davies, recently called for rich Western countries to reimburse African countries for decades of environmental damages. South African environmental activists have come together to oppose a $3.75 billion World Bank loan for the building of the world’s largest coal burning plant, the Medupi Power Station, slated for Limpopo.

“We are not asking for a loan or grant. The rich North has exploited Africa, first through the slave trade and through mining minerals. They have become very wealthy, but in the process they have polluted the skies and environment that we are worried about today,” said Davies.

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