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When Being Pro-Life Did Not Mean Being Conservative by Eric Miller: “Several state pro-life organizations of the pre-Roe era coupled their demands for restrictive abortion laws with a call for expanded social welfare programs for pregnant women and infants, and some called for the expansion of the War on Poverty.”

Evangelicals must not bear the mark of Trump by Michael Gerson: “They are identifying with a man who has fed ethnic tension for political gain; who has proposed systemic religious discrimination; who has dramatically undermined the democratic values of civility and tolerance; who has advocated war crimes, including killing the families of terrorists; who holds a highly sexualized view of power as dominance, rather than seeing power as an instrument to advance moral ends. In legitimizing the presumptive Republican nominee, evangelicals are not merely accepting who he is; they are changing who they are.”

Keep Troop Levels Steady in Afghanistan: “Today, aided by the bipartisan policies of the last two U.S. administrations, Afghans have established a democratic political system, moderately effective security forces, a much improved quality of life, and a vibrant civil society. Afghans are fighting and dying for their country, and in our common battle against extremism, with more than five thousand police and soldiers laying down their lives annually each of the past several years….we urge you to maintain the current U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan through the end of your term. Based on longstanding experience in the country as well as recent trips to Afghanistan by some of us, this step would be seen as a positive reaffirmation of America’s commitment to that nation, its people and its security.”

Catholic leader in Ukraine says Russian invasion is world’s problem by Elise Harris: “The very, very essence of this conflict is the external aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. After the fall of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, Ukraine voted in the referendum for its independence, but it is sad to say that our neighbor is starting to restore the Soviet Union, trying to pull back all those countries to the so-called ‘Eurasian Union.’ For the Ukrainian people all those social projects are a big discussion between our movement toward democracy, toward European values, or coming back to the times of the Soviet Union. It was a huge discussion in Ukraine maybe three or four years ago. And the citizens of Ukraine decided to be a free and independent country, this is why we were attacked by our neighbor.”

Gov. signs law banning second-trimester abortion by AP: “Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a ban on the second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, making Louisiana the sixth state to prohibit the commonly used method.”

How Should America Resist a Fascist? by Jamelle Bouie: “To attack someone because of their political beliefs is to embrace the logic of authoritarianism. To cite intentions and not actions as justification for violence is to embrace the logic of even worse beliefs and actors.”

Children on the edge of starvation by Washington Post: “There can be no doubt why food and medicine are still not being delivered to towns such as Darayya and Moadamiya in the Damascus suburbs, and the al-Waer district of Homs. The regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically denying access in order to maintain what U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura has called ‘the closest to a medieval type of siege that we’re seeing in recent history.’”

The parental leave policy of Chicago Archbishop Cupich by US Catholic: “If we’re really going to be pro‑family, then let’s be pro‑family, and invest in families.”

Anti-Trump Riots and the War Over Liberalism by Jonathan Chait: “Suppose that Trump’s election could be prevented by breaking up his speeches and intimidating his supporters. Such a “victory” would actually constitute the blow to democracy it purports to stop, eroding the long-standing norm that elections should be settled at the ballot box rather than through street fighting.”

“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” by Michael Sean Winters: “The indecency of Lepanto and LifeSiteNews is there for all to see. They are willing to destroy other people’s lives. There is no concern for human dignity in these outings. Will the bishops and their organizations be complicit in these indecencies or not?”

Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover: “I hope to God it’s a revolution. ‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

Memo to Habsburg bishops: You can muzzle a site, but not the Pope by John Allen: “It’s hard to imagine, therefore, that Francis would travel to what’s increasingly seen as ground zero in Europe for a “walls over bridges” approach, and not lay down a challenge.”