LOOP: Attorney General calls out groups that bully Christians



ANTI-RELIGIOUS BIAS   Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls out the Southern Poverty Law Center for using the term “hate group” to “bully” conservatives. “People of faith are facing a new hostility. Really some of it is a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith,” Sessions told the Alliance Defending Freedom conference. “You’ll notice that they don’t rely on the facts. They don’t make better arguments. They don’t propose higher ideals. They just call people names—like ‘hate group.’”  READ
SUPREME COURT   Planned Parenthood launches a six-figure TV and digital ad campaign against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The ads feature two women who had an abortion before Roe v. Wade.  READ
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CAPITAL GAINS TAXES   President Trump recently instructed the Treasury Department to examine whether the agency had the authority to let investors adjust capital gains to inflation. The press immediately characterized the change as a giveaway to the rich, but this change would also help Baby Boomers who have purchased their home in 1970s and 1980s.  READ
HOLLYWOOD BUBBLE   Actress Mila Kunis admits that she lives in a bubble. She claims: “I didn’t even know there was an opposing side” on abortion.  READ
THIS CAR IS A RELIC  St. John Paul II’s last car to be auctioned.  READ
YOUTH RESPONSE TO SCANDAL  A group of young writers, activists, and professors have released an open letter calling for an independent investigation into the alleged crimes of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. And these younger Catholics are not calling for the Church to abandon Church teaching, but to promote it: “As Catholics, we believe that the Church’s teaching on human nature and sexuality is life-giving and leads to holiness. We believe that just as there is no room for adultery in marriages, so there is no room for adultery against the Bride of Christ. We need bishops to make clear that any act of sexual abuse or clerical unchastity degrades the priesthood and gravely harms the Church.”  READ
RUIN OF SOULS   Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner writes: “Many Catholics in recent weeks have received homilies, or letters in the church bulletin, with the important reminder to keep the faith. To keep our eyes on the center of our faith, which is Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen son of God and the savior of the world. But when you’ve heard this plea — stay focused on the Cross in these tough times — a few times, it starts to sound defensive and diversionary. It starts to sound like: Look away from this ugly scandal of the men who were supposed to care for your soul.”  READ
QUOTE OF THE DAY   “When I was hungry, you formed a committee. When I was thirsty, you issued a document. When I was naked, you lobbied lawmakers. When I was sick you sent thoughts and prayers. When I was in prison you issued a press release.” -John Harden, @jwesleyharden
SAINT OF THE DAY  The story of Edith Stein begins with her life as a noted philosopher raised in the Jewish faith. Edith ended her life story as a Catholic Carmelite nun with the name Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1942. A complicated story involving two faiths and many political events which swirled around her. She who was born Edith Stein is now known as Saint Teresa Benedicta.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” (Ps 51:12)  READ
MUSIC   Rock star Sting says he is grateful for his Catholicism. “The Church’s music and liturgy fed this artistic soul.”  READ

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.


  1. Rob Schroeder on

    Conservative economic theories are rather frightening. I rather enjoyed this line from the story you linked to: “Reducing the tax rate on capital means a more productive economy, higher wages, and probably more tax revenue than before the change.” Notice that the author doesn’t cite a study, or an economic expert, or anyone. It’s simply a declaration of fact that reducing tax rates lead to Shangri-La, because conservatives have declared so. Enough of this!
    I find it very disturbing to see stories like this posted when CatholicVote has continuously opposed efforts to raise the minimum wage. Strangely, the effects of inflation are not felt on the minimum wage? Bizarro world.

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      Stephen Herreid on

      Hi Rob,
      You’re out. I’ve reviewed your comments over the past several months. Nearly every one is not merely a comment on a given article, but a disfavorable commentary on CatholicVote.org itself.
      Since you dislike CatholicVote, I don’t think your many contributions here are a healthy or sensible affair.

    • Joshua Mercer on

      And yet, I’ve publicly supported an increase in the minimum wage. And in fact, I called on it to be tied to inflation, as you suggest.

      I wrote in 2014:

      “The current minimum wage is $7.25/hour. Harry Reid and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10/hour — nearly a 40% increase. I certainly think that would be harmful — as it would cause serious job losses. I would suggest a more modest increase to $8.00 and I’d also tie it to inflation, so that it doesn’t become a political football ever four years. As a concession for adjusting it to inflation, Republicans could demand that the $1,000 per child tax credit also get inflation-adjusted increases every year.”