Ring out the old

Some clichés are impossible to avoid because they are born of tradition, and thus I hope you will forgive me if I use my first column of 2014 to engage in a little reflection. A frantically busy year has gone by, after all, and the New Year (from the narrow vantage point of the present, anyhow) promises to surpass the last. I spent the last night of 2013 in church with my family, where we heard a solemn message of self-examination and looking forward. At the end of the service, our church has a tradition in which the pastor reads […]
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Jahi moved from Children’s Hospital Oakland!

Jahi McMath has been removed from Children’s Hospital Oakland. From the San Jose Mercury News story: Jahi McMath was quickly and quietly moved from Children’s Hospital of Oakland Sunday evening, the hospital confirmed… David Durand, chief of pediatrics at the hospital, sent a news release just after 8:30 p.m. confirming she was moved. “A short while ago, the body of Jahi McMath was released by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the coroner,” he wrote. “The coroner has released her body to the custody of her mother, Latasha Winkfield, as per court order, for a destination unknown. I admit, I never thought that […]
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When is an abortion not an abortion? When the media says so.

Co-authored with Drew Belsky Shortly before the new year, a number of religious organizations were given protection from the HHS abortion and contraception mandate.  While social conservatives and defenders of the First Amendment cheered, numerous prominent media organizations manipulated basic scientific facts to deny that the mandate – required by federal law – forces people to fund abortion-inducing drugs. Media Matters did this at least twice, on January 1 and January 2, with the The New York Times and NBC News doing likewise.  While Pew Research did not deny that the mandate requires abortion funding, its weaselly assessment of the debate surrounding the mandate was almost as […]
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