I fell in love with this guy when I was 8. This is one of my favorite clips. Profound defiance delivered in the most amicable tone. His voice was lost to Parkinson's Disease years ago, but it lives on in recordings and in our memories. He is still remarkable. He risked everything to stand up for his beliefs and to resist serving in the Vietnam War. That made him a hero to me and many others, even as it stirred hate in some people and brought the wrath of American government down upon him. He was ultimately vindicated. His unique voice carried his influence far beyond the precincts of boxing.
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.
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.
He opposes our marriage rights, but somehow we're the intolerant ones. And America's Founders were intolerant of King George.
Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.
The battle over religious supremacy laws continues. And that's what they are. Religious freedom does not include the right to impose your faith dictates on others in unrelated commerce.
Georgetown students invite Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, to speak on campus -- and a cardinal objects. https://t.co/fQKOK8I7UU— Wash Post Faith (@washpostfaith) March 8, 2016
Multiple choice. Who wrote this: "For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."
A. Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Georgetown University
B. The Founder of Trump University
C. Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia
D. The host of Romper Room
BREAKING | Va. House approves 'Kim Davis' religious freedom bill https://t.co/4pbiLc5LQq— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) February 16, 2016
Freedom only for people who agree with her. Freedom to deny equal protection of the law to people she doesn't like. Nothing could be more blatantly unconstitutional.