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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

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Time for Obamas to join

posted by Mark Silk

According to the latest Newsweek poll, 24 percent of Americans think Obama is either Muslim or a follower of Islam. And 31 percent think it’s definitely or probably true that he “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want […]

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Beck’s Blues

posted by Mark Silk

What’s up with Glenn Beck? The Washington media were shocked by the religiosity of his “Restoring Honor” rally last Saturday–but what do you expect from a press gang that only knows how to fight the last war. It overlooked last […]

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Another chance for the ADL to redeem itself

posted by Mark Silk

Since it covered itself with obloquy by taking a stand against the proposed Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, the ADL has been eager to put some distance between itself and its co-opponents. Franklin Graham, for example, who seized the […]

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My position on the “Ground Zero Mosque”

posted by Mark Silk

I know you’ve been waiting for this. My position is that, having received the appropriate local sign-offs, the Muslim folks who purchased the old Burlington Coat Factory store on Park Place in Lower Manhattan have every right to build their […]

The Ground Zero Moque, spammed

posted by Mark Silk

I get a lot of spam over on Spiritual Politics (still waiting for that captcha program), and mostly it has to do with product promotions–replica rolodexes, male sex products–and fulsome but sadly unspecific tributes to the blog’s high quality. Over […]

The GOP’s clever anti-mosque strategy

posted by Mark Silk

As it rose to power in the late 1850s, the Republican Party absorbed the anti-Catholic populists of the American Party who live in historical memory as the Know-Nothings. So called because they denied all knowledge of what their party stood […]

Vatican declines Irish bishops’ resignations

posted by Mark Silk

It could be argued that the sins of Dublin auxiliary bishops Raymond Field and Eamonn Walsh, as laid out in the Murphy Report, didn’t amount to much. Both, it seemed, failed in their duty to pursue and/or adequately report an […]

Martha Dean, Judeo-Christian for CT AG

posted by Mark Silk

We don’t do a lot of religion in electoral politics here in the Land of Steady Habits, so when it’s introduced into a race for public office those of us in the biz take note. Thus, I offer for your […]

Moderate Catholics on Prop. 8 decision: Shhh

posted by Mark Silk

I’ve been waiting around for some reaction to the Proposition 8 decision from my friends at bien-pensant Catholic blogs like America‘s In All Things and Commonweal‘s dotCommonweal and the National Catholic Reporter‘s NCR Today, but so far to almost no […]

Same-sex Marriage: Douthat v. Natural Law

posted by Mark Silk

Ross Douthat’s defense of Lifelong Heterosexual Monogamy (LHM) in today’s New York Times is judged by Andrew Sullivan to be “Ross is at his most Catholic.” I’d say just the opposite–if “most Catholic” has anything to do with the church’s […]

Sharia is coming, sharia is coming

posted by Mark Silk

In her round-up of anti-mosque protests in yesterday’s New York Times, Laurie Goodstein found her way to Diana Serafin, an unemployed California grandmother who’s been frequenting Tea Party events and anti-immigration rallies. She said they read books by critics of […]

Arguing against same-sex marriage

posted by Mark Silk

“Do the citizens of a state have the right to define legal marriage as a man-woman relationship? Or can courts overrule them on behalf of same-sex marriage?” So Russell Shaw began a piece in that avatar of Catholic conservatism, Our […]

Ground Zero and the GOP

posted by Mark Silk

By voting unanimously to deny landmark status to the building on the site of the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero, the New York City Landmarks Commission gave a well-deserved Bronx cheer to Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Lazio, and […]

The New Bishop of Trenton

posted by Mark Silk

David O’Connell, the former president of the Catholic University who was anointed coadjutor bishop of Trenton last weekend, may be a great guy–but given all that’s been happening in the church over the past few months, his allocution left me […]

ADL plays by its Israel rules

posted by Mark Silk

Criticism of the Anti-Defamation League’s opposition to Cordoba House, the Islamic center proposed to be built two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, has been widespread and well-deserved. Stephen Prothero has a sharp essay over at CNN’s […]

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Whither evangelicals?
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posted 9:19:56am May. 23, 2011 | read full post »

No more "social conservatives"
With the presidential election cycle getting up to speed, it's time for reporters and yakkers like me to stop writing about "social conservatives" as if they were an identifiable segment of the voting population. I say this as someone who has ...

posted 8:25:11am May. 20, 2011 | read full post »

So clerical celibacy was not the problem?
Those on the Catholic left are not very happy that the Jay Report declines in no uncertain terms to blame clerical celibacy for the sexual abuse crisis. As the report puts it: Factors that remained consistent over this time period, such as ...

posted 9:50:34am May. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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