Friday, April 01, 2005

Early, early morning roundup

Something to glance at during breakfast:

1. Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger pleads guilty to a misdemeanor for intentionally taking documents and destroying them. Looks like he got a pass for his previous service-his excuses are unbelievably flimsy.

2. Michael Schiavo apparently denied Terri's parents from being with her as she died. See here and here. HT to OpinionJournal and the Corner.

3. I had read about the condemnation that Amina Wadud, an Islamic scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University, received for being the first woman to have presided over a mixed-gender prayer service in public since Islam's earliest days. What I didn't know and only found out glancing at Time magazine during my workout yesterday was that the service happened on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine because no mosque would host it. Could you imagine a mosque letting a Jewish or Christian service be held on their grounds???

4. James Taranto at OpinionJournal has an interesting take on why liberalism has lost its compassion:

But it seems clear that liberalism is not as compassionate as it once was.

Why? Part of it surely has to do with abortion politics. In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, as we've argued, American liberals have supported ever-more-extreme pro-abortion positions (and we say this as someone who is moderately pro-choice on the issue). Defending such practices as partial-birth abortion entails the dehumanization of unborn life, and the dehumanization of other "incomplete" forms of life follows logically from this.

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