Topic One – Obama, health care, and religious leaders
With his health reform efforts on the ropes, President Barack Obama is courting the religious community with an unabashedly moral message that played little role in the White House’s earlier arguments for changing America’s health care system. Speaking on a conference call Wednesday evening with religious leaders, Obama also suggested that some critics of his health care proposals were violating the Biblical commandment against lying. “I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness,” Obama said on the call. Obama also insisted the plan would not provide government funding for abortion. We get the facts from Leonard Nelson.
Topic Two – “Ponyo” and Hayao Miyazaki
If you have a child (or a nephew, niece, grandchild, etc.) under the age of ten … or an open-minded child of any age … or if you remember childhood well enough to watch films like Bambi and Winnie the Pooh, with five-year-old eyes … there is a movie in theaters you really should see, from a filmmaker whose work you really should know. Those are the words of our film critic Steven Greydanus, and he is here to tell us what – and who – he is talking about.