The Turkey Pardon: Metaphor for the Entire Obama Presidency

Normally, I wouldn’t have much to say about a Presidential turkey pardon.  I mean…. Who really cares?But this morning, I happened to see a video of President George W. Bush pardoning the Thanksgiving turkeys during his final year in the White House.  Then, a counterpoint:  I heard President Obama’s turkey pardon on the car radio.The difference in these two pardons was a metaphor for the stark difference in their presidencies.  One is self-absorbed, clownish, mocking of faith, jokes about “luc … [Read more...]

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Made by the Angels: Pope Benedict Recalls Stories Learned at His Mother’s Knee

On Wednesday, November 9, Pope Benedict XVI received a new honor:  He was named an honorary citizen of Natz-Schabs (Naz-Siaves), the scenic town in northern Italy’s Bolzano region where his grandmother and great-grandmother were born.Vatican Radio carried the address live as Benedict, accepting a certificate of citizenship from the Natz-Schabs delegation during the General Audience, spoke without a script—drawing from memory to talk about his mother’s love of the town and of his own explora … [Read more...]

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Death and Denial: To Kill for Organs Is Always Wrong

In China, according to the English-language China Daily, more than 65 percent of organs harvested for transplantation are taken from executed criminals.  Americans have viewed with contempt the news reports of mass death row executions in China, purportedly to obtain organs which can be sold for huge profits on the black market.But is China really alone in its disregard for human life? Wesley J. Smith, writing in First Things, exposes Canadian scientists’ efforts to do away with what is cal … [Read more...]

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