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The party of the rich

Democrats are now the party of the rich, and Republicans are the party of the blue collar worker.  So concludes Reihan Salam, writing in the liberal Slate, drawing on research by think tanker Lee Drutman, who shows that the wealthiest Americans now tend to vote for Democrats.

Why?  Because the wealthy tend to be “socially liberal”; that is, they support abortion, gay rights, gun control, etc., etc.   Contrary to how they usually describe themselves, they are not necessarily “fiscally conservative.”  They are so affluent they don’t mind paying slightly higher taxes, and they want the government to provide health care and other benefits for the lower class that serves them.  But they are far from Bernie Sanders-style socialists, being supportive of big banks and Wall Street.

Conversely, as we see in the ascension of Donald Trump, lower income workers–concerned about free trade, exporting jobs, and low wages, as well as what they see as America’s cultural decline–are voting Republican.  This is all an exact reversal of just a few years ago. [Read more…]

Chinese state government confiscates churches’ offerings

In more state repression of religion, the government in China’s Zhejiang province is confiscating the tithes and offerings that churches receive. [Read more…]

Orthodox council ends

The last Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was 1,200 years ago, and this one has been in the works for 70 years.  Despite boycotts by several church bodies, including the largest, the Russian Orthodox Church, the council met and finished its work.  As for what it accomplished, it doesn’t seem like much, falling short of the possibility that this would amount to Orthodoxy’s Vatican II.   (Orthodox readers, please help us out with what happened at the Council and its significance.)

The Council did, however, make a clear statement that marriage is intrinsically heterosexual.  It also forbade members of the Orthodox Church from being involved in same-sex unions and all other kinds of sexual cohabitation apart from marriage. [Read more…]

Supreme Court’s new pro-abortion decision

Some states have imposed regulations on abortion clinics–such as requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and making the clinics meet the standards for outpatient surgery–that have been shutting them down, grisly hell-holes that they are.  But now the Supreme Court has overturned those health and safety regulations, ruling, 5-3, that they amount to an unconstitutional barrier to a woman’s right to an abortion. [Read more…]

Trump’s summit meeting with evangelical leaders

Donald Trump met with some 1000 evangelical leaders at Trump Tower in New York City yesterday.  He promised them that he would end the ban on politicking for tax-exempt organizations like churches.  He also said that he would appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices.  He also said that he would emphasize religious liberty, including allowing government employees to offer sectarian prayer in public and making department store employees say “Merry Christmas.”

The Washington Post said that the attendees were thrilled with Trump, but his critics among evangelicals were not invited.  One of them, recalling the movement’s former insistence on moral character, said that the spectacle marks “the end of the Christian right.”

What do you think about this?

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Bob Dylan’s new album

Bob Dylan has released a new album, Fallen Angels.   (If you have Amazon Prime, you can listen to its various tracks for free.)   This is another set of interpretations of Frank Sinatra-type standards like his previous album Shadows in the Night (also on Prime).

Pete, resident Dylan expert here at the Cranach Institute, put me onto an excellent review of the album from the student newspaper of Cambridge University.  I call it excellent as a music review because of its close attention to the actual music.  Also of interest is how it takes up the charge that “Dylan can’t sing.”  I quote the beginning after the jump, but follow the link and read it all. [Read more…]


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