Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book https://t.co/aBRKYQc0Kw— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 15, 2016
Aside from the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, it escapes me why some people think it serves their faith to get the government involved. But it's not really about faith. It's about dominance and control, for which religion is a marker.
My friend Walter Dellinger shares a priceless anecdote on the WaPo letters page. Here is an excerpt:
My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up. Ray Lawing was an off-and-on alcoholic. Even though he had abandoned my mother when she was a child, she took him in when he had no place else to go. (She did not claim to be acting out of moral duty: “He was just such good company,” she said. “Always good for a laugh.”)
He would consume the Observer while sitting in the yard watching me play. (For understandable reasons, he was not allowed to eat the newspaper in the house.) He would carefully tear each page into strips, then liberally salt each strip and chew it.
Michael Cavna reports for WaPo:
CARL BERNSTEIN has a favorite shot — a powerful, wordless visual within a film rippling with verbiage. It is the moment when everything elevates as metaphor.
It is, Bernstein says, “the Library of Congress shot.”
The film is “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s classic journalism procedural, which today celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release. And the shot in question begins with a tight overhead of The Washington Post’s Watergate reporters, Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), as they painstakingly thumb through thousands of the library’s circulation file cards.
The vantage point “progresses from floor/desk-level to the rotunda of the library,” Bernstein tells me. “The shot, and the scene itself, as the overwhelming number of card-files are brought to the reporters — they got a bit more than they bargained for in all their cleverness — brilliantly illustrates both the monumental and granular challenges of real reporting, as well as the context of what is going on at the time in our own [Woodward and Bernstein’s] situation at that juncture.”
Below, the matchless Jason Robards as WaPo editor Ben Bradlee.
Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:
Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality
"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Our old friend Bob Roehr reports in Scientific American on a new study published in Science which shows that door-to-door canvassing conversations can change voters' minds.
This bill prohibits DC govt travel to states with laws in effect that affirmatively sanction or require discrimination against LGBT people— David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) April 5, 2016
Thanks to D.C. Council member David Grosso and his co-introducers. Thanks also to Mayor Bowser for her executive action. This is just the latest reminder of how LGBT-affirming a jurisdiction the District is.
Kris Jenkins wins the national title!!!! https://t.co/JTD82fS89c— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) April 5, 2016
Congrats to my alma mater, Villanova, for its victory last night in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Kris Jenkins made the winning 3-pointer a fraction of a second before the buzzer signaling the end of the game. As a friend who is a UNC alum said, the Wildcats played with a lot of heart.
Speaking of North Carolina, many people are celebrating UNC's loss because of the vile anti-LGBT law that was just passed by the state legislature in a special session and signed by Gov. McCrory. I am not inclined to take out my wrath on college kids.
Andrea Mitchell sums it up well.