First Topic – Just back from Iraq – Observations
Six U.S. troops were killed in Iraq on Monday, making 2007 the deadliest for the American military in the Iraq war. The grim record came despite lower death rates in recent months, which were not enough to offset death tolls that topped 100 during three months in the spring. Military historian Victor Davis Hanson just returned from Iraq and shares what he saw and learned.
Second Topic – The Politics of Abortion
Anne Hendershott carefully analyzes the politics behind our country’s most contentious political issue – abortion. How did the culture shift that produced Roe v Wade occur? Why are black women targeted as the primary consumers of abortion services? Why does Hollywood celebrate abortion and abortion providers in films and television? Why do pro-choice clergy assure followers that abortion is a sacred choice? Finally, arguing that Roe v Wade effectively radicalized the abortion debate by denying to the pro-life side the ordinary tools of politics and persuasion, Hendershott asks that we begin to move the discussions from the courts back to the realm of politics where there might be some prospect of resolution.
Third Topic – Catholic Call for Civility in Political Debate
Charging that the debate leading up to the 2008 elections “is increasingly filled with attacks on private conduct and recriminations,” a group of prominent lay Catholics has called for a “spirit of civility” in all political discussions and said the church must be protected “from being stained by the appearance of partisan political involvement.” We look at the Church, politics and the reception of communion.