Category Archives: Election 2024

William Penn Is Making a comeback — And Quakers Aren’t Going to Like It

[Note: the headline above needs some clarification: actually it’s liberal Quakers who aren’t likely to welcome Penn’s comeback; many others may cheer. More on that below.]

May I have your attention, liberal Quakers? The effort among some of you to expunge William Penn from our Friendly pantheon because he owned slaves has in many  ways been a big success: his name has been scrubbed from the rooms, building & events you frequent; his writings downplayed or ignored, and the search for replacement paragons, and even a replacement history, is underway.

But if one were to look beyond the increasingly narrowed liberal horizon, one might catch sight of a novel phenomenon: beyond it, especially in (of all places) the former Quaker stronghold of Pennsylvania: William Penn is being exhumed, dusted off, and readied for a comeback. Continue reading William Penn Is Making a comeback — And Quakers Aren’t Going to Like It

Troll of the Year: The New York Post vs. “Florida Man”

When Rupert Murdoch turns on a politician, his tabloid pens can be sharper than many swords.

Donald Trump is now learning that. We already noted how Murdoch’s highfalutin flagship, the Wall Street Journal, sneered that the failure of so many of DJT’s high-visibility endorsees in the midterms “destroys ‘Stop the Steal’” so that “Maybe at last the 2020 election is over.”

Continue reading Troll of the Year: The New York Post vs. “Florida Man”

Another Religious Culture War Battle Begins: The U. S. Catholic Bishops vs. Pope Francis

[NOTE: According to the National Catholic Reporter {NCR}, most American Catholic bishops are politically rightwing, culturally reactionary and sworn enemies of pope Francis, their official leader. NCR’s lead reporter here decries their election of a new head of the U.. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, deeming it an insulting slap at the pontiff.]

Continue reading Another Religious Culture War Battle Begins: The U. S. Catholic Bishops vs. Pope Francis