Friday Free-for-All

Racism, abortion, blasphemy, sex abuse — today’s Friday morning round-up is a more serious affair:

  • Immediately after winning the Republican primary in Kentucky, Rand Paul got in hot water for his appearance on the Rachel Maddow show, where he questioned the constitutionality of one aspect of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now he’s clearing the air by saying he would have voted for the Act himself.
  • The Anchoress looks at the case of the nun who consented to a woman’s abortion where, we are told, there was a “nearly certain” risk of death of the mother, explaining that the Church rather “dwells in the possibility of a win-win.” UPDATE: Meanwhile, Michael Liccione explores the possiblity that the case is murkier than either side will admit.
  • Yesterday was unofficially designated “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” in reaction to the threats aimed at South Park for their non-depiction of Mohammed on their show last month. But is it necessarily a good idea to do something considered blasphemous to a group of people to annoy that smaller number of people who react out of proportion to it?
  • This week, the Supreme Court found (7-2, with Scalia and Thomas dissenting) that the government has the right to pass laws allowing for “the indefinite ‘civil commitment’ of federal prisoners who have completed their sentences but are considered likely to commit sex offenses if released.” Much as we might like to keep sexual predators locked away forever, is it a dangerous precedent to give the government that power? Wendy Kaminer thinks so. 

Somebody post a funny video in the comments to lighten the mood.



Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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