Good morning all! Happy Sunday to you! I am writing this from a very cold, very gray Ohio. And NO, I have still not found a wedding dress.
Obviously, most of the news this week centered on the “contraception controversy” as I like to call it – the idea that religious institutions ought not to have to provide contraceptives to their employees if the institution is morally opposed to it – yet Viagra is still on the table, apparently. Anyway, below is a different look at the pane that was convened among other news you may have missed.
- Focuses on the reasons the two women walked out of the Congressional hearing on contraceptives last Thursday;
- The five witnesses on the first panel were all male religious leaders or professors, including a Catholic bishop;
- The folks on the panel didn’t feel it necessary to include women because the topic was “religious freedom and liberty,” not contraception.
- The Winston-Salem Journal article finally addresses the impact the May amendment will have on opposite-gender couples;
- Amendment supporters say this is distraction from the real reason for the amendment, legal scholars say otherwise;
- 2 PDFs attached to the article illustrate the possible consequences – I’ve included them here – Amendment 1 Summarized – and here – Potential Legal Impact Report.
Last but not least, I’m reading a new book. I will put it in the Read This section of the blog, but thought I would throw it out here too.
- By Walter Benn Michaels;
- Michaels concludes that by constantly focusing on the diversity we can see, we can ignore the growing economic inequality happening in America;
- Michaels argues that the only folks getting anything out of “diversity training” are the diversity trainers themselves – making money at the expense of focusing on the real problem of the growing gap between the rich and poor.
And now, back to becoming a Mob Boss…