Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 22nd from 13:00 to 13:18:
- ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can’t Blog Itself: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Sex Change Causes Loss of Government Job – The Library of Congress is being sued because it offered a key job as terrorism research analyst to Diane Schroer, then rescinded the offer, because Schroer is transgender. On last night’s Countdown on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann exposed the high price of transgender discrimination.
- Jillian York: The Ignored Atheist Vote – As the presidential candidates come together to discuss faith and issues of morality — at Saddleback last week and at the Democratic National Convention this week, there's a large contingent feeling excluded. American atheist and agnostic voters are increasingly feeling left out of the debate or flat out ignored and taken for granted as politicians scramble to better woo the "faithful" .
- Op-Ed Columnist – Now That’s Rich – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com – Last weekend, Pastor Rick Warren asked both presidential candidates to define the income at which “you move from middle class to rich.” The trouble with Mr. Warren’s question was that it seemed to imply that everyone except the poor belongs to one of these two categories: either you’re clearly rich, or you’re an ordinary member of the middle class. And that’s just wrong.
- Kerry Trueman: The Fast Track To Slow Food – The Internet has proved to be extremely fertile ground for the good food movement, nurturing a virtual community of sustainably minded farmers, foodies, and activists. Websites championing the agrarian agenda are sprouting up everywhere, like Roundup-resistant super weeds, ready to take on the unsustainable status quo. The challenge, now, is how to keep track of them all. And that's where the Eat Well Guide's new booklet Cultivating The Web: High Tech Tools For The Sustainable Food Movement comes in handy.
- Our Toppling House of Cards — In These Times – Deregulation — and the shadow banking system it created — shredded the financial safety net that the Great Depression had produced.
- Black Republicans Jumping GOP Ship – NAM – High profile black Republicans like former congressman J.C. Watts said he might vote for Obama. Rumors flew last week that former Secretary of State Colin Powell would endorse Obama publicly. All across the country now, there are many black Republicans who may not be as well known as Watts or Powell but may indeed be supporting Obama.
- The underprivileged are united across racial boundaries – Don’t be alarmed that minorities in America will constitute a majority in less than two generations. Instead, follow the money. What should really concern us in this country is not how fair our complexion is but how fair our society is.
- Make houses of worship truly inclusive – The doors to our houses of worship ought to be open to all. That includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, who often feel that religion has been used to divide and conquer their families and their rights.