Steven Waldman
May 2009 Archives

The murder of abortion provider George Tiller should force a re-assessment of the Department of Homeland Security’s maligned report on “right wing extremism.” I was thoroughly dumbfounded at the conservative reaction to that report in April. If you read the …Read More

Here’s an excerpt from Bob Nylen’s riveting new book, in part about his experiences in Vietnam. Bob, the co-founder of Beliefnet, died in December 2008: “For several days, a private in Robert McNamara’s breathe-and-you’re in Army had played the same …Read More

I wonder how many times I’ve walked past scenes like this and not even noticed.

Conservative Catholic activist Bill Donohue shocked me this morning by saying he will “quietly root for” the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor. During an email exchange, he wrote: “I like the fact that she is not brandishing her religion. I do …Read More

Bob Nylen’s just-released book, “Guts,” has to be one of the most honest war memoirs written about Vietnam. It has none of the usual agendas, either glorifying the pristine heroism of the soldiers or, alternately, showing them to be just …Read More

I suggested yesterday that pro-choice and pro-life activists had jumped the gun by assuming Sonia Sotomayor to be an ardent pro-choicer. Today comes this email from Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. It doesn’t exactly sound like Keenan …Read More

It took me a few seconds to notice the man in this very sad scene.

One of the message board posters, Rev. Martin Fox, took me to task for suggesting that the Bishops might criticize Sonia Sotomayor for being a pro-choice (maybe) Catholic. “Mr. Waldman’s post misunderstands, or fails to appreciate, the distinctions the Catholic …Read More

After the announcement of Sonia Sotomayor’s selection, abortion groups lined up predictably, pro-life groups expressing outrage and pro-choice offering praise. Everyone seems to be assuming she’s ardently pro-choice, if for no other reason than that Obama’s appointed her. But there’s …Read More

I’m slightly surprised that the White House press office gave out this image, from her 1976 Princeton yearbook, in which she quotes Norman Thomas. Norman Thomas was, of course, the leading American Socialist politician of the 20th century. Perhaps they …Read More