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      From the earliest days of the last century, forward-thinking Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant institutions, social work and legal associations, as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals, joined one another to work very hard to protect childrRead full post »


     Many dozens of winners of Israel's prestigious Emet (Truth) and Israel Prizes have signed a declaration "endorsing a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders", writes Ethan Bronner in The New York Times (4/20/11). TRead full post »

This was first published at, Nikki Stern, Editor.  


     My hometown, Philadelphia, is most recently well-known for its Pedophilic Priests. Thirty-seven of them. At least. And for the fact that the Church has not lived up to itsRead full post »

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     You may recall Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin, convicted and now serving time in the 2009 federal case against Agriprocessors of Iowa, then the largest kosher meat packing plant in the United States. The rabbi defrauded a St. Louis bank and illegally transported at least 389 undRead full post »

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APRIL 13, 2011 7:40AM

Does The Catholic League Speak for Abuse Victims?

                   On Monday Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times. Called 'Straight Talk About The Catholic Church'

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     Thirty-five states cling to the death penalty despite the fact that evidence mounts, almost monthly now, that the number of innocents on death rows increases. The United States remains alone among Western nations in its insistence, contrary to reality, that capitaRead full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 5:39AM

Tax You More If Your Health is Poor

      Seung Min Kim, a Moderator of's 'Arena Page' asks readers and writers this:

Arizona is...considering...whether the state’s Medicaid program should take  an extra $50 per year...from... patients who are overweight, have diabetes, or who smoke. ..Read full post »

 - liberated Mauthausen prisoners -

       Adolph Hitler was born in Austria. That nation later housed the notorious Mauthausen camp where 200,000 Jews and others were gassed, shot, worked and clubbed to death. You likely know all that, at least the contRead full post »

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     There are social and demographic changes people must accept, no choice. We can welcome them silently and passively, waste time resisting their impact, or welcome them robustly and creatively. Racial integration of schools and later, of police and fire departmRead full post »

      The fate of homosexual couples in California (and likely elsewhere) who wish to marry there under law and enjoy all the legal, financial, medical, and social benefits I enjoy as a married person is going to be decided sooner than later. My hope is that the courts wRead full post »


     Less than a year after the Gulf was poisoned, the government is considering a request from British Petroleum to resume deep water drilling at its ten deep water wells that haven't exploded or killed workers. The official ban on Gulf drilling, put into effect after theRead full post »

     Woke up to a New York Times Magazine eight-page spread on my Phillies new Pantheon of Pitching Aces, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Numbers of baseball writers have written near-poetry this spring about their individual and collective eRead full post »

     Abortion opponents have, on occasion, made the argument that supporting choice is akin to supporting slavery. While that's at best a stretch and at worst ahistorical, mean-spirited, and nonsensical, Arizona's disingenuous and ludicrous new anti-choice statute is nothing shortRead full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 6:45AM

Carry a Big Stick--When I Was Ordered to Paddle Students

            In the early '90s, when I was named one of four Deans of Students at Green Valley High, then the newest suburban high school in Clark County, Nevada, I was issued a large paddle. The tan, wooden paddle's handle was about hRead full post »

MARCH 30, 2011 7:17AM


     You may recall this not-altogether bygone American cultural oddity even though a million years has passed since the 1960s. You may recall thinking  How Ironic!  after a day at the beach or the summer club watching white people slather oRead full post »

 This was originally published at under the title 'Universal Justice'.
     I think a good deal about Justice, social, economic, political. As we seem to be haltingly clawing outRead full post »

This piece was originally published as "Reclaiming The Heart of the Texts" at, Nikki Stern, Editor. Over the next two to three weeks, I'll publish companion pieces.


     The harm pedophilic priests do, the child-labor exploitation Iowa's slaugRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 7:14AM

Were Your Ancestors Feral Hogs?

     If you or I were to make a stupid, violence-tinged ethnic joke, it would likely offend or delight, depending on our audience, and that would be that. Unless we were popped in the nose for our troubles. Then that would be that. Now, if you or I were a state reRead full post »

     I surprised myself Wednesday morning when I heard the news. I welled up some. I never have done that at the death of an actor or actress. Never. Yet Wednesday I did. I've thought a lot in the past day about why. 

     I saw BUtterfield 8 fRead full post »

MARCH 24, 2011 6:51AM

Women As Infants

      Among all the odious aspects of South Dakota's new, highly restrictive abortion law is its mandatory three-day waiting period during which a woman must submit to 'counseling' before she may avail herself of her rights under 'Roe v. Wade'. The statute requ… Read full post »

     I am the cheapest guy I know.

     I tell you this as I'm about to ask you about you and your public commitments, and your money, knowing full well it's none of my business. Still, if you're willing, it may shed some light about what some of the peopRead full post »

MARCH 22, 2011 6:48AM

Grinning Over Corpses

 - one image from the My-Lai massacre in Vietnam

     Militaries rarely express regret for errors and outright poor behavior that kill innocents and/or desecrate their corpses. We know that Israel and Great Britain, on occasion, have, for the former. We know, tooRead full post »

     The coalition now finishes its third day of action in support of the Libyan rebels. There are risks, of course, and all may not go as hoped. As the coalition acts, it may be useful to recall that not so long ago the president who lied our way into the Iraq warRead full post »

     These comments were made in a recent interview in a famous magazine. You know the publication. You likely know of the person who made these remarks, too. Tell me who you think made these statements. The person is an American. Try to resist Googling. :)&nbsRead full post »

     National opinion and money apparently do talk.  In fact, they shout. They have forced Arizona to step back from the brink of wholesale nativist insanity. The state senate has  roundly defeated a number of bills this week that divided the Republican senateRead full post »