The Judicial Council rules: Lesbian minister Beth Stroud is defrocked, and the Virginia pastor who denied church membership to a practicing homosexual was reinstated. These are positive steps for a church which has otherwise appeared uncertain.
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Even by Maureen Dowd's standards, her Sunday NY Times piece is remarkably bitter and joyless. At its heart, it reveals a befuddled rage at the mysteries of human nature that feminism was unable to expunge. Her despair that women, after all the sturm und drang of the feminist era, still want to attract men, and are even willing (some of them) to trade domesticity for career, is rendered with a subtle tone of incomprehension that says more about her than the phenomena she is purportedly analyzing. And that's what makes the piece so uncomfortable to read; it's about Dowd, not the state of women today. What else to conclude when the author's analysis includes pieces of pure fantasy like this:
When I was reading what you wrote, Paul, I was tempted to believe that the purpose of elevating Rosa Parks was to celebrate her particular brand of civil rights activism. But that would have required some thinking on the part of the elected officials who were probably a little more concerned about how bad their image would be otherwise. Dave, talk about turning people into objects, it didn't take long after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination for the riots to start.
But here we have two national figures who have been exploited in this way for decades -- Rosa Parks showed up in at least one or two State of the Union cameos. It can be argued that national figures are the stuff of tokenage, and carping about it as bad form is just tut-tutting. Well, then, what about the plight of those affected by the Hurricanes? To no end did we hear about poor people specifically as though they were the only ones suffering. Yet where are those honest enough to aid them in their hour of need, after the media buzz is over?
The historical perspective on the great honor of stopping in the Rotunda on the way to becoming dust is very helpful. Sen. Schumer seemed to confirm the crass political motives interpretation today.
His statement on the Alito nomination is remarkable for its narcissism. His first sentence would be about the demands of the law, the honor of the court, right? Right? Nope. "This morning I went and visited Rosa Parks in the Capitol Rotunda to pay my respects." Schumer then goes on to invoke Parks' memory to score political points against Alito. Dead people can't object to being made objects.
Rosa Parks was a fine, brave woman who helped to push the levers of American history in a positive direction. Her death deserves to be marked with appropriate solemnity; but does it follow that she deserves to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda? And who gets to lie in the Rotunda, anyway? According to Wikipedia:
I just talked to the vice president for membership from NOW, Latifa Lyles. She said the turnout is "part of a mounting campaign." I stopped her there and asked about this protest and if NOW is the only group there. She acknowledged it is. They were calling on other organizations to join them, but the larger groups "are now strategizing. As for us, we just had to hit the streets to make our presence known."
I asked her about the prolifers lined up, who number about 30 (to NOW's 15 to 17 gals, one guy), and she said, "I think it's ironic. Over the last couple of months, they seemed to get their way in stacking the courts with anti-choice judges ... We're in a position to protest because we haven't been able to do so [getting their judges on the court]. We came out to urge for our core Constitutional rights."
Would you say that the spectrum your group covers is also forÂ abortion on demand? "Yes, absolutely."
And at 5 p.m., they're clearing out. The prolifers are still here. No changing ships. Now they're praying together.
The people facing the Supreme Court with tape over their mouths are pro-life protesters, and the tape has "Life" printed on it. I just talked to one of them, Lou Engale, of Bound4Life.com, who said that they have been here for almost a year straight. Theirs is not a protest, but a prayer, he said, and it's not angry. "We're for mothers. We just believe there's a better way than abortion."
I asked him what he thought of the NOW protest, and he said, "It's a worldview issue. And I understand the need for women's rights, but not the right to murder the unborn. We believe it's better to have a culture of life."