It’s ironic that Black Friday, which has a negative etymology and connotation, should have become one of the more anticipated days of the year. And it’s sad that the holiday meant to be devoted to thanking God for what we have should be followed by — and increasingly subordinated to — a day devoted to seeking what we do not.
The standard ideological spectrum of a “Right” and “Left” sometimes fails to explain politics. An article in the New York Times on November 24 helps highlight how the traditional spectrum can be more confusing than helpful. The Supreme Court, in the next few months, will be deciding some cases which deal with the vagueness and the breadth of federal criminal laws.
A Republican lawyer in my fair city once told me he is a "moderate" on economic issues and conservative on social issues, which is the opposite of the switch-hitting proclivities of most "moderate" Republicans. That is, he told me, because politicians tend to view issues as either "right or left," while he is more concerned with "right and wrong."
Catholic bishops nationwide are asking their flocks to fund an organization that promotes abortion, homosexuality, radical feminism, and a number of other liberal, anti-Catholic issues. This weekend marks the annual fundraising drive in parishes across the country for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the charitable arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The purported mission of the CCHD is to fight poverty, but a recent exposé by Bellarmine Veritas Ministry (BVM) revealed that the CCHD has for years been funneling grant money to leftist organizations.
Nick Balzano, the President of the Allenton, Pennsylvania, chapter of the Service Employees International Union, told the Allentown City Council on Tuesday that his union may file a grievance against the city for allowing Kevin Anderson, a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Badge, to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.
Before the invention of clothes dryers, wet clothes were hung out in the sunshine to dry on lines strung up in many backyards. The sunshine kept clothes white, and provided that fresh, clean smell, especially noticeable when snuggling into bed at night with sheets directly off the clothes lines.
CBS News reported on November 11 that Pope Benedict is considering the possibility of extraterrestrial life, which is an attempt to bridge the gap between science and religion. This news story came five days after a report by the Pew Research Center on November 6 called the “Paradoxical Relationship of Religion and Science.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently awarded $2.18 million in grants to launch a public awareness campaign about embryo donation and adoption. The organizations receiving portions of the grant money are Baptist Health Foundation, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), Bethany Christian Services, RESOLVE Inc., and Rosenberg Communications. Embryo donation is a process whereby a woman donates her unused embryos after she becomes pregnant by in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The donated embryos can then be adopted by another woman who also undergoes IVF and raises the child as her own.
The United States Supreme Court is not the only place where you can find words turned into silly putty and ambiguity derived from definitive statements. Staying in the world of legal fiction, one may go to some of our state Supreme Courts to find equally or even more imaginative interpretations of "progress" divined from 200-year-old charters.