The inevitable rise of Ebola conspiracy theories – One of the latest comes from Phyllis Schlafly, who in an interview last week said President Obama purposefully allowed Ebola to enter the United States so the country would be more like Africa. "Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional,” Schlafly said. “He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too."
Why the GOP Hates U.S. History: Inconvenient Truths That Freak Out American Conservatives – America's right wing, you see, is terrified of history because it is always sentimentalizing it. Many of its arguments rely on a feeling of nostalgia for "good old days," that appeals almost exclusively to aging whites. That means that a more accurate history, one that considers groups that are traditionally marginalized — women, people of color, Native Americans, immigrants and the poor — don't necessarily sit that well. Their stories, the stories of the downtrodden, crush the false narrative that many conservatives like to imagine — that of a idyllic past marred by the New Deal, women's liberation and civil rights.
Catholic Bishops Say Gays Have ‘Gifts’ To Offer Church – "This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic church speaks of gay people," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. "The Synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did."
Study: For Black Students, Skin Color and Suspensions Linked – Black students, as a group, are more than three times as likely as white students to get suspended (PDF). Racial disparities in school discipline are well-established. But what about differences in rates of discipline among black students?