Overheard (December 2017)

If literature is a religion, the bookstore is the church.

Award-winning novelist Alec Patric, “Australia’s Amazon Book Battle.”

New York Times, 10-22-17

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There is no excuse for a supposedly moral institution to wait 25 years to release a pedophile priest’s name. Because of the church’s immoral behavior, dozens, if not hundreds, of children have probably been sexually abused by Father Lara, and their lives have been destroyed and their families’ lives have been destroyed.

Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing three people who report they were abused by Lara between the ages of 9 and 11. Garabedian was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” about clergy sexual abuse.

New York Times, 11-9-17

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Charitable nonprofits don’t want to be dragged into the toxic political wasteland.

Tim Delaney, president of the National Council of Nonprofits, after the House Ways and Means Committee approved a sweeping overhaul of the tax code, including a provision to do away with the Johnson Amendment, which Delaney says would make nonprofits vulnerable to political demands by donors.

USA Today, 11-10-17

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In a key election for four seats on the seven-member [school board] panel, voters in wealthy [Douglas County, Colo.] rejected a slate of candidates who would have continued on that [voucher program] policy path, and instead chose advocates of traditional public schools who oppose school vouchers. The race was marked by an infusion of hundreds of thousands of dollars both from unions and pro-reform nonprofit organizations, as well as a plea from Catholic priests to support reform candidates.

Valerie Strauss, education reporter for the Washington Post.

Washington Post, 11-8-17

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I fear that some women are going to choose to terminate the pregnancy before they have all the information they need because of this ban because it’s putting a rush on you. You have to make a decision by 20 weeks, and maybe you don’t have enough information to make an informed decision by 20 weeks.

Kentucky resident Dr. Elizabeth Case, discussing a new law in 2017 that makes it illegal for a woman in Kentucky to have an abortion at or after 20 weeks.

CNN, 12-4-17

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As a rule, Christian practice doesn’t cure broad social problems. Just the opposite. . . You’re much safer when surrounded by skeptics.

Columnist Steve Chapman, “No, Roy Moore, God is not going to solve our problems.”

Chicago Tribune, 11-17-17