Time magazine's cover line is, "Can the Catholic Church Save Itself"? In the spread, author Frank McCourt is quoted: "The church is going to lose children and families, and it's doing this to itself. If this all continues, the church will disappear."
Jesse is back center stage, offering to settle this Israeli-Palestinian mess once and for all. I'm trying unsuccessfully not to picture a large brown mouse, arms outstretched, red cape whipping parallel to his elongated, airborne body, singing operatically: "Here I come to save the daaaaay!"
Perhaps it's an admirable inclination to want to depict something like Wednesday's "Passover Massacre" as an aberration. But the fact is, suicide bombings and other violent acts are part of everyday life for Israelis and Palestinians. The aberrations are cease-fires and truces.
Many of those supporting President Bush's decision to impose tariffs on steel imports do so not so much because they care particularly about the steel industry. Rather, they are concerned that too much of the U.S. economy appears to be devoted to producing services, like banking, and not enough to producing goods, like autos.
The similarity between Nazi images of Jews as rodents and carriers of disease and the caricatures of Jews in Arab countries has been amply documented, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to see variations on a theme in an official Saudi paper.
Sen. Russell Feingold scored two triumphs last week before Congress began its Easter recess. Fellow Democrats celebrated final passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act. They were not cheering when the Wisconsin maverick interfered with his party's plans for a free hand on federal spending.
Campaign finance reform focuses on paid 30- or 60-second ads, but does nothing about 30- and 60-minute entertainment television programs that are just as passionately, just as deliberately pushing liberal candidates and causes.
Barbra Streisand, awakened by the sounds of jets flying overhead from the nearby Marine air station in SC, complained by phone to the local commanding officer and told him she didn't want it to happen again. He reportedly responded, 'I'll see what I can do about it.'
The sad truth is that church officials treated sexual assaults as if they were administrative problems or celibacy violations to be covered up by offering hush money and shifting priests from parish to parish. It doesn't seem to have occurred to them that these are classic "sins of omission" in Catholic terms, and possible cover-up crimes in the eyes of the state.
Whom would you want living next door -- industrious, generally honest people who keep noses and neighborhoods clean, or people ready to blow themselves up, and you along with them? That's the choice that Americans must face in the Palestinian controversy.
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