Saturday, December 10, 2005
Treeson : New York Post
The fir has been flying on Long Island over a Christmas tree-lighting celebration in the tony North Shore community of Manhasset. The North Hempstead town supervisor, who is Jewish, objected to a local Catholic priest's religious blessing at last Friday's ceremony, and he made his displeasure known — in front of the entire crowd. What followed was a mini-holy war, waged via phone and e-mail, that ended with Supervisor Jon Kaiman bowing to public out rage and repeatedly apologizing to the Rev. Nick Zientarski by letter and in person.
In other accounts he grabbed the microphone from the priest and shouted the above in rage and not merely annoyance.
On television, Supervisor Kaiman tried to look remorseful. I don't think he succeeded. To me, he looked like he knew that his political career is over.
This one almost looks made to order for Catholic League fundraising.
I also hope that the Diocese of Rockville Center doesn't retaliate against Fr. Zientarski for his boldness.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I really liked
New York Magazine on the future of the New York GOP.
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Cop's Track Stripper's Boyfriend : New York Post
Detectives probing the brutal slaying of stripper Catherine Woods were yesterday trying to pinpoint how their prime suspect — her estranged yoga-teacher boyfriend — may have traveled from his East Harlem apartment to her Upper East Side pad on the day of the murder.I was waiting for Cortez to be arrested before blogging, but since it hasn't happened yet and the story is getting old, I blogged it now.
In television coverage for the first 24 hours, she was a dancer who was in training and auditioning. She had told her parents he was in off-Broadway productions.
A day later she was now a "stripper" and the story has been covered from that angle ever since.
Here's some criticism of the coverage:
On the day after Catherine Woods was killed, the New York Post described her as "an aspiring Broadway dancer" in a story headlined "Dancing Beauty Murdered on Upper E. Side."
Scrips Howard seems here to be exploiting Wood's death here as well for it own purposes of putting down New York media. Scrips Howard folded its New York newspaper in 1967.
What's especially sad is how God gave her beauty and talent and how tragic her life has ended.
The dangerous thing to do is to say that God punished her or that she deserved it. God doesn't cause sin or suffering.
Technically, New York has the death penalty for murder, but even though there have been a few death sentences, none have been executed.
Cell phone call traces put Cortez at the scene of the crime and he's already lied to the police, so I think it's only a matter of time before an arrest.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:20 PM Permalink
Muslim Women Complain About Head-Scarf Removal At DMV : AP
Despite a policy that allows motorists to wear religious head coverings in their driver license photos, some Muslim women complain that workers at the state Motor Vehicle Commission continue to require them to either remove their head scarfs or pull them back so that a substantial amount of hair is showing.First of all I believe that these women were wronged. They should not have been humiliated.
On the other hand, the Muslim community ought to come clean: covering up women is an Arabic cultural artifact that became popular when it became a signal of the the Muslim militancy of the 1970's. Look at any photos of Muslim parts of the world prior to 1978 and you will not see veiled women.
The rule for Islam is the same as the rule for Christianity and Judaism: i.e. modesty
As for the situation in Muslim countries, the authorities there would laugh at the refusal of a woman to refuse to show her full face for an official identification card. In Saudi Arabia, women are arrested and beaten for driving.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:16 PM Permalink
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Grand Central Terminal
I'm not just a Catholic blogger and a Catholic teacher, I do Catholic outreach in the public. This is the mission of the Catholic Evidence Guild, to speak in public on the truth of the Catholic faith.
This weekend we were in Grand Central terminal. A member of the team was parking his car and some others were yet to arrive.
I heard screams and saw in the space of seconds, hundreds of people run up the stairs to get to the street. I was genuinely afraid that people were going to injured in the panic.
As the flow of people up from the subway dimished, a second wave was running down the stairs -- police officers.
I stood there waiting for instructions what to do. I was alone with a crucifix and about a thousand tracts on things from the Papacy to abortion -- from a half dozen or dozen people walking past the table per second to zero, now virtually alone.
It turns out that the reports of gunfire were exaggerated. Someone blew out a bicycle tire. Elsewhere in the terminal a wedding was taking place.
I love this place as a New York City landmark. I've been all over the great train stations of Europe and Grand Centeral has a unique and classic look which was recently restored. It looks almost exactly as it did in those 1930's location films.
National Geographic is having a special Inside Grand Central on Thursday.
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Two great concepts come together for the first time: "Protestant Church" and "bursting with eroticism"
A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar illustrated with erotic scenes from the Bible.Warning: the link above contains an indecent image
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:47 AM Permalink
Pro-life or Pro-litigation?
Alberta has become the first province in Canada to enact legislation allowing children to sue their mothers for injuries suffered in the womb. But the law applies only to damage suffered in car accidents.I don't understand how the interests of the child are separated from the interests of the mother in this case. It's a bit like suing yourself.
It also doesn't make sense that you'd allow abortion (i.e. death of the child in the womb) but the child has rights which become real before birth -- in some limited sense.
It's wacky and it's inconsistent.
But it seems pro-life to recognize that child is a human being distinct from the mother before birth. After all, if the mother broke her her leg, the leg wouldn't be able to sue her in 12 months.
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