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Pursuing Integral Peace: How to Resist Trump’s Politics of Despair by Anna Rowlands: “Taking dignity seriously as a path to peace requires an active resistance to the standing temptation we face towards the “herding” of people according to mass categories and group identities, these are forms of naming that produce a social anonymity which divides. It is an important aspect of the Catholic social tradition that the impersonal turns out to be divisive and the truly person-focused is unitive.”

Under Trump, Christians may have it easier. They’ll also be in grave spiritual danger. by Michael Gerson: “In politics, Christians should not be known primarily for defending their institutional liberty, as important as that is. They should be known for a Christian anthropology that puts the dignity of life — of every life — at the center of the political enterprise. And they should be known for courage in applying this commitment, without prejudice, to every party and ideology.”

Trump’s half-baked travel ban is a picture of American shame by Michael Gerson: “When Donald Trump speaks on foreign policy, tyrants rest easier and dissidents and refugees lose hope.”

Repealing Obamacare Entails a Radical Repudiation of Solidarity by Anthony Annett: “It goes without saying that Catholic social teaching regards access to healthcare as a fundamental human right—so much so that Pope John Paul II argued that it should be cheap or even free of change for workers. And of course, Catholic social teaching insists that we have a duty to meet human needs that cannot be met through the market—and healthcare is surely exhibit A here. But this entails solidarity. There’s simply no getting around that.”

Will the March become a movement? by  Michael Sean Winters: “Both because of Trump’s politics and his personality, a more communitarian politics must emerge from within the resistance to him.”

Alternative facts and fear-mongering, we’ve seen this before by Michael Sean Winters: “Simple solutions are proposed for complex problems, mindful that when those solutions do not work, and they will not work, the leader can ask for more power to address the still dangerous situation. I am desperately worried about what effect these executive orders, if implemented, will have on our immigrant brothers and sisters. But I am also worried about something even more sinister: Fascism is not a doctrine of governance.”

How Tulsi Gabbard became Assad’s mouthpiece in Washington by Josh Rogin: “The Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria has had a quiet but well-funded lobbying effort in Washington since well before he began murdering his own people. But that influence campaign’s clearest triumph came only this month, when it succeeded in bringing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to Damascus and having her parrot Assad’s propaganda on her return.”

We kept our baby. Here’s how Republicans can prove that they’re pro-life, too. by Emily Barbero: “He also happens to be a boy with a preexisting condition and six-inch-thick medical file. Has our language become empty? Suddenly, Republican members of Congress no longer seem to view him as so precious and beautiful. Now he’s expensive, and a risk, and a liability. The argument that his life should be supported and protected at all costs has fallen eerily silent. The new argument is over which of the ACA’s protections should be preserved, if any, and to what extent, and whether the law should be done away with even before a replacement is worked out.”

What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism? by Robert W. McElroy: “If love of country is a virtue and a moral obligation, the nationalistic impulse itself has no moral identity. It can signal the most virtuous patriotism that integrates the love of country into the spectrum of moral obligations that accrue to our humanity, or it can be rooted in pride, isolationism and discrimination.”

Repealing transparency measure hurts the poor by Eric LeCompte: “Congress could imminently repeal anti-corruption measures put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. If Congress does repeal these transparency efforts it will be a mistake.”

It Is Un-American To Reject Refugees by Sean Callahan: “Walling ourselves off from the world – whether with barbed wire, bricks or visa denials – is not going to solve this problem. Instead, we must work together to bring peace where there is fighting, to bring security where there is violence, to bring prosperity where there is poverty.”

Prophetic Prayer & Moral Resistance by John Gehring: “There is nothing easy or comfortable about moral resistance, but the lessons of history teach us that polite capitulation and accommodation with the powerful who trample on human dignity leads to disaster.”

First, They Excluded the Irish by Emma Green: “President Trump may block entry to foreigners who need public benefits—a proposal rooted in 19th century laws targeting a wave of impoverished immigrants.”