Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Violent attacks on gays in New York up 70 percent in 2013
- Will New York Senator Chuck Schumer ditch gay couples for an immigration deal?
- If nobody's happy, it's working – the abortion debate and Irish politics of stalemate
- Conservative news entertainment complex claim Barack Obama leader of Al Qaeda
- Why Irish grudges are passed on - a long tradition of never forgetting
It’s a simple enough question and the answer is mostly horrifying.
It’s planes flying into skyscrapers, it’s child molestation, it’s woman being stoned and murdered, it’s gays being bashed in the pulpits and on the streets, it’s women who use birth control being called sluts on the national airwaves, it's clergy secretly practicing what they publicly condemn, it’s Koran burnings, it’s hardworking nuns being persecuted by their out of touch superiors, it’s funerals being protested with placards and abuse, and on and on – so are you surprised that more and more young people don’t want to touch religion with a barge pole?
When the Mitt Romney race is over one thing more than any other will probably define it: billionaires.
The Romney campaign is just lousy with them. On Thursday Forbes reported that the latest player, billionaire Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, has vowed to spend $100 million dollars of his own money to get Mitt Romney elected. Possibly even more. He will do 'whatever it takes' to defeat Obama, he told Forbes.
The sense of being abandoned, or entirely dismissed, seems to be engulfing our main Christian denominations in particular just now, if their increasing howls of protest are to be believed.
I don't discount the power or influence of the Christian Right, or their sincerity, and so I'm worried by all the saber rattling about the 'war' and 'attacks' on Christianity, the Bible, Catholicism and all other Christian denominations that we keep hearing, from coast to coast.
Florida -- it's the state that seems to set the benchmark for political and social dysfunction in the nation.
From hanging chads to voter roll grabs to face eating drug addicts, working for the Florida Tourist Board must be the loneliest job in America.
Last week Mitt Romney compared himself to John F. Kennedy. He wasn't talking about Kennedy's life or achievements though, he was talking about his bank balance.
It was an unfortunate comparison though, because if Romney was looking for a legacy he should have known to shy away from the Kennedy's.