Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the Indian removals, Jim Crow laws, legalized segregation, the federal protection of lynching mobs, and, don't forget, the Japanese internment camps, among others.
These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger.
It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?
World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.
The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back.
In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis?
Several sources have recommended this commentary by M.J. Rosenberg at Media Matters as a helpful analysis of the new "Obama Peace Plan" for the Middle East.
The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea.