Category Archives: LGBTQ & Gender

Pope Francis: Wanted Dead, Or If Alive, Then Retired & Silent

 

I wonder: what’s it like to be Pope Francis, waking up each morning in the Vatican knowing he’s surrounded by people praying fervently, and that many of them are begging God to make him die before noon?

Not everyone around him wants him dead, of course. Francis has fans and supporters too. And even some harsh Continue reading Pope Francis: Wanted Dead, Or If Alive, Then Retired & Silent

A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for Governor of North Carolina!

Frank Bruni

Reflections on the mess (and magic) of politics and life.

Mr. Bruni is a contributing Opinion writer who was on the staff of The Times for more than 25 years.

Robinson’s book is a hot seller at his preaching gigs.

The 2024 governor’s race in North Carolina just got underway. You care.

Not because this state is the nation’s ninth most populous, though that’s reason enough. But because what happens here is a referendum on how low Republicans will sink and how far they can nonetheless get.

Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina announced his candidacy last week. At present he’s the likeliest Democratic nominee

Continue reading A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Breaking from Evangelical Quakerism/Christian Nationalism: Two Survivors’ Stories

 

How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism

Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi’s new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed.

“Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism and What Comes Next

Continue reading Breaking from Evangelical Quakerism/Christian Nationalism: Two Survivors’ Stories

Pearl Harbor, Pope Benedict & the Contested Catholic Discovery of Religious Liberty

Jesus bestowing the “Keys of the Kingdom” (aka, the control of the brand-new Catholic church to Peter, the first pope) in Matthew 16:17-19.

I missed a significant anniversary last month, on December 7.

No, not Pearl Harbor Day, December 7 1941, when a deadly Japanese surprise attack on American bases in Hawaii pulled the U. S. into World War II.

Nor was it December 7, 1973, my son’s birthday. Continue reading Pearl Harbor, Pope Benedict & the Contested Catholic Discovery of Religious Liberty

Big Deal: Omnibus Bill Reforms Electoral Count Act

[NOTE: The ominous — oops, I mean Omnibus, heh-heh— bill passed by Congress Friday was 4100-plus pages. Mostly it was about money, which of course is important but I won’t focus on that here.

What I searched for, amid the chatter about cash, was whether the completed bill included reforms to the Electoral Count Act (ECA) of 1887, which had been fingered by pro-democracy advocates as the Coup Assistance Law; and if so, what those reforms turned out to be. Continue reading Big Deal: Omnibus Bill Reforms Electoral Count Act