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The Jehoshua Novels


In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20

The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]

Pope Francis names first members of child sex abuse commission

Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley and Irish campaigner Marie Collins in group of eight to set out tasks of commission.

AP, March 22

Pope Francis has named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, including lay and religious experts, and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a [...]

Federal judge rules Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriage

Al Jazzera, March 14

The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]

What if the moon were one pixel?

Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?

Vatican ‘must immediately remove’ child abusers – UN

BBC, February 5

The UN has said that the Vatican should “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

In a report, it also criticised Vatican attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception [...]

Nice try Republicans, but marriage isn’t the solution to poverty

If conservatives want to help the poor they should improve education, cut inequality, and ensure access to contraception.

The Guardian (Comment is free), By Jill Filipovic, January 30

It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die.

The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to [...]

Why Are We Here?

That’s not a philosophic question – it’s the raison d’ etre for The Agonist.

John Adams’s answer:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to [...]

Their Satanic Majesties Request

I can’t imagine what kind of blowback this might cause. Can you?

Post Christmas greetings!

As I watched Republicans Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel first marginalized, later vilified, and finally eliminated from presidential debates, my thoughts sounded much like this:

A Christmas Speculation by John Michael Greer.

N.Y. Catholics Groups Win Court Bar to Contraception Mandate

Bloomberg, By Christie Smythe, December 16

A group of Catholic health and educational organizations don’t have to comply with a federal Affordable Care Act requirement to provide their employees with contraception coverage, a federal judge in New York ruled.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn today barred the government from enforcing the mandate against [...]

Federal judge strikes down key parts of Utah’s polygamy law in ‘Sister Wives’ ruling

NBC News, By Daniella Silva, December 14

A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show.

While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting people from having multiple marriage licenses, the law went [...]

India Group Seeks Action on ‘Mass Conversion’ of Aboriginals to Christianity

The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30

An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”

The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]

Pope Francis – Marxist in Disguise?

Pope Francis

It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]

Church of England approves female bishops plan

General Synod votes in favour of proposals to bring women into episcopate by overwhelming majority

The Guardian, By Sam Jones, November 20

The Church of England is on course to give its final approval to female bishops next year after its General Synod voted in favour of new proposals to bring women into the episcopate, [...]

Armistice Day

For irony, click the photo and note the banner.

Some few people have noted that November 11 was originally designated Armistice Day, and commemorated peace, not the glorification of war and warriors. It was that way when I was younger and was observed in a solemn mood; sober, thoughtful sadness. People wept – [...]