In the World
Steve Thorngate on public life and culture
The problem with John Podesta's outraged critics isn't their tone. It's their narrow understanding of church—and organizing.
Trump's point was about Russia and cybersecurity. Why did his (theoretical) hacker need to be fat?
Christians can and should respect many things. Our allegiance, however, is another matter.
Jeffrey MacDonald reports on an interesting development: left-of-center religious groups invoking religious liberty much as right-of-center groups have in recent years. A church wants to install solar panels despite the objections of a local historic district commission; elsewhere, groups serving the homeless are looking to faith-based partners to protect their ability to do so. The story provides a lens on the classic questions about what counts as religious exercise and who decides. Yet it’s a little odd that MacDonald’s framing takes as given this very recent use of the term “religious liberty”—more strategy than principle, an argument to advance a cause.
Twenty years ago this week, President Clinton signed a bill that replaced the federal government’s traditional cash welfare program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, aka welfare-to-work. Has this been a success? That depends on your criteria, on what it is you want a welfare program to do.
A friend notes, “now if we could get this type of article to be printed in men's magazines, too.” Indeed. Yet a male president’s byline on a Glamour exclusive makes a powerful statement before the main text even begins.
National Public Radio just ran a pair of features on the flavors of Christianity represented by the presidential and vice presidential nominees. An editor’s note affixed to both stories summarizes the theme: “Both major presidential candidates this year are Protestants… Beyond that, their faith profiles are very different.”
So what’s been the most shocking thing to come out of GOP-presidential-nomination-land in the last couple days?
The president’s speech in Dallas this week was an excellent performance of a difficult task. There was just one point where I thought he missed it.