Pope infallible on condoms

Expect pigs to fly, chairs to talk, or Sarah Palin to say something intelligent — before you’d expect the pope to endorse the use of condoms.

But, believe it or not, that’s what just happened. In an interview for a German journalist, the German Pope Benedict XVI said that it was OK for male prostitutes to use condoms in order to help contain the spread of AIDS.

This is, of course, the same pope who just last year condemned the use of all condoms — and, in fact, insisted they only helped spread the disease, and did nothing to stop it.


Ginni Thomas and forgiveness

Forgiveness is about letting go and moving on. It's the law of release. Whose offense you fail to forgive, you carry the burden of for the rest of your life.

Obviously, from her recent outreach to Ms. Anita Hill, Ginni Thomas has thought often about the offense between Hill and her husband. With an unwavering loyalty to both her husband and the Christian faith, she followed the admonishment of her creator to engage in a dialogue of reconciliation toward releasing everyone from this burden.


The right to get beat down

It is clear to me that the right to free speech trumps proper decorum,  and in that vein, I defend Pastor Phelps’s right to protest at military  funerals. He is careful to follow all the laws and guidelines for  protesting at a funeral.

However, the right to do something does not mean it is the right thing to do. One day Pastor Phelps and his ilk are going to protest the wrong funeral. On that day, a grieving family member is going to snap and a brawl will ensue.


Young Israel: The world begins again

It is not inconceivable that any form and vision of globalization — Marx’s, Hamilton’s, the Democrats’, the Republicans’, Obama’s, Clinton’s, Bono’s, Lady Gaga’s, Osama Bin Laden’s and the churches of Paul, John Paul and John, Paul, George and Ringo — will be considered totalitarian in the millennium ahead. It has been my creeping awareness in almost seven decades’ application to life as soldier, writer, farmer, stone-wall builder, husband to one and father to four. Sometimes the priest, like Bono, accompanies the conquistadors. Sometimes the conquistadors follow the priests.


Ron Paul speaks truth to hate

On this day, let’s give a standing ovation to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) for speaking out against the sunshine patriots who play the politics of hate to play on the fear of terror.

If I were an all-out supporter of Ron Paul, I would nominate him for the Nobel Peace 
Prize. Of course, as Paul has now said, those who spread the lie that it was all Muslims throughout the world who attacked America on that September morning are also those who seem to favor the most wars in the most places, usually so long as other Americans fight them.

Ron Paul's criticism of those who exploit the pain of the great terrorist attack to foment the latest form of the politics of hate is a profile in courage and is an example of patriotism of the highest order.

Most opponents of the Muslim center in New York are good people with genuine concerns who in many cases make valid points. Reasonable people can support or oppose this particular project in this particular place.
However, there are political exploiters, Newt Gingrich being one, a Republican politician in New York who Hillary Clinton obliterated when she ran against him for the Senate being another, who are playing the politics of hate.

Anyone who equates all Muslims with al Qaeda is playing the politics of hate using the weapons of bigotry and fear. Ron Paul is right when he attacks the "sunshine patriots" who wrap themselves around the flag of liberty when it is easy but exploit the politics of hate and fear when it is hard.

So, on this day, let’s give a standing ovation to Ron Paul, a true patriot, who speaks truth to hate.


Masking the real issue with the mosque

It's time for us to admit it: Americans, at least a lot of us, simply don't like Muslims very much.

A lot has been made of the recent CNN survey about that proposed mosque at the 9/11 site. Politicians, particularly those on the right, have jumped all over the 68 percent negative response when participants were asked whether they favored or opposed constructing that particular Islamic Center. But a new one gives the more complete picture.


Proposed mosque brings out worst in America

Puh-leeze! Can we come to our senses when it comes to the proposed Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero?

The arguments being made against it by Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and other political cheap-shot experts are absurd.

First, they insist, this is “hallowed ground.” No, it’s not. The mosque would not be built at Ground Zero, but two blocks away — on a busy commercial street. Two blocks from Ground Zero today, you can already find a strip club, an off-track betting parlor, a McDonald’s and Burger King, an Irish pub, pizza joint and Dunkin’ Donuts. They’re OK and a mosque is not? Puh-leeze!


Republican values, past their expiration date

The ongoing imbroglio over the construction of a mosque on private property in lower Manhattan has proven two things: 1. Cable news has something to get it through the doldrums of August, and 2. The Republican Party will use even the U.S. Constitution as a weapon of hate.