Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Read

Something to read in between bouts of yard work.

Jay Nordlinger's Oslo Journals  over at NRO [linking to Journal Part IV but be sure to read them all the installments]. A series of reports from the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual Human-Rights conference. Snippet:
Manal al-Sharif... She’s the young Saudi woman who broke the taboo against driving. She is a heroine throughout the Arab world (and beyond). Here’s something I did not know about her: She was once an Islamist, a supporter of al-Qaeda.
The “turning point” for her, she says, was 9/11. “I saw a man throwing himself from one of the towers. He was escaping the fire. That night, I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t get that man out of my mind. ‘Something is wrong here,’ I thought. ‘No religion on earth can accept such mercilessness and cruelty.’
“So, I saw that my heroes were nothing but bloody terrorists, and that was the turning point in my life.”

Chen Guangcheng to get passport to visit US. Meanwhile, witnesses warn of retribution against Chen's family.

John Allen reports on Life Issues as seen from the European and American perspectives. In our humble opinion...may the American view prevail.
Abortion and gay marriage are "in play" in the States, meaning they're not settled politically, unlike much of Western Europe. In Italy, for instance, voters approved a referendum in 1981 to uphold the legality of abortion in the first trimester, and it's been more or less off the table in Italian politics ever since.

As a result, pro-life Catholics in Europe tend to see themselves as upholding a minority viewpoint unlikely to be translated into law anytime soon. They generally aren't as aggressive politically, and they're also less conflicted about public exchanges with people who don't share Catholic teaching, because they're not as worried about the direct political fallout. .....
There have been some recent efforts to bring a sharper American edge on the life issues to Rome. On Sunday, for instance, a "March for Life" took place from the Colosseum to St. Peter's Square, joined by American Cardinal Raymond Burke and modeled on the March for Life held each year in the States on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

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