The Best Article I’ve Read On Robin Williams


I've held off writing anything on Robin Williams as I don't know much about him except that I'm grateful for all the times he made me laugh and his suicide suggests his ability to make us laugh came from a place of deep, deep suffering.But I just read Ben Stein's piece and hope you will, too. Yes, he has some strong opinions about psychoactive anti-depressant drugs. You can take that up with him. I'm no expert in that area.Stein offers a solution. It isn't some vague concept of … [Read more...]

The Reality TV We Should Be Watching

From Newscom via "The Daily Signal."

 CNN has excellent footage of delivering food to the Yezidis in Iraq and rescuing some of them. People need to see this footage. This is how bad it it is for Yezidis and Christians. H/T The Daily Signal which has an excellent photo essay on this topic. Here's a teaser. Do visit TDS for the whole series.These are real people.This is real suffering.This is religious persecution.The Vatican, through the Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement enuntiating … [Read more...]

Genocide. The Price of Leading from Behind.


Iraq. It's not looking good.Earlier today, I posted: "Iraq. Genocide. 'Never Again' Should Cue Something More Than A James Bond Movie."At that point, the WSJ was reporting that the US Military might start to get involved, particularly with dropping supplies to the Christians and other religious minorities who are being forced out of their homes as the Islamic State advances.Pope Francis made an urgent appeal today. Some bullet points -The attacks are being waged upon … [Read more...]

Iraq. Genocide. “Never Again” Should Cue Something More Than A James Bond Movie.


The Wall Street Journal reports today that the U.S. military is considering airstrikes and emergency relief supplies to the religious minorities in Iraq who are being forced out by the Islamic State (aka ISIS).Finally.Patheos bloggers have been covering the story consistently. I wrote about it early on, including an email from a Dominican priest who was near Mosul and described the activities of then ISIS.The situation in Iraq is very, very bad. Read Deacon Greg's piece describing … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on the Middle East Conflicts – Children “Who Cannot Smile Anymore.”


The Boston Globe's Inés San Martín has a summary piece of Pope Francis' involvement in the various Middle East conflicts. She quotes Pope Francis: “I think especially about the kids, who have been robbed of a hope for a better life, a future: kids being killed, wounded, mutilated and orphaned. Kids who as toys have the debris of war, who cannot smile anymore.” Reminds me of my brother's description of the average 5-year-old he would see in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2008. He said that you wouldn't r … [Read more...]

The “War On Women” Is So…Yesterday


The other day, I wrote about a significant milestone at Heartbeat International's Option Line, the world's first and largest pregnancy help call center. Option Line has been open nonstop for 100,000 hours since it's inception in 2003. Over 2 million people, mostly women, have reached out to Option Line for help. Option Line connects callers to local resources for pregnant girls and women who might otherwise feel as if they have no choice but abortion.A few days later, the National Journal … [Read more...]