Vacation prevented me from anything other than knowing there was a dead lion meme, but I am back now and I find the Cecil the Lion story amazing. Apparently a gentleman from the US paid a great deal of money to hunt and kill a lion. He ended up killing Cecil, a male lion that is a star in a national park in Africa. Accounts vary but apparently it was poaching, an illegal act; however, regardless of the actual events the internet outrage has been so over the top as to be stunning.
The New York Time today reports that the American Psychological Association is changing its code of ethics such that it is unethical for a psychologist to participate in an interrogation that is part of an official government terror investigation, regardless of whether so-called “enhanced techniques” are used or not.
“Overreaction” is the word that these two stories have in common. Apparently there is no longer a category of “shameful,” or “bad idea, or simply “wrong.” Apparently we now go straight from “that’s OK” to “OUTRAGE!” What in the world is going on here? Continue Reading
New York Times’ Columnist Mark Oppenheimer On The Planned Parenthood Videos And Tax-Exempt Status For Churches
I spent the third hour of today’s show with the New York Times’ religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer, talking about the tax exempt status of churches and the Planned parenthood videos:
HH: Morning glory and evening grace, America. It’s Hugh Hewitt. The breaking news, of course: Boeing believes that the 777 part that washed up on the island is, in fact, their own airplane— their 777 which would lead people to believe it’s the missing Malaysian airliner. More breaking news as it occurs. I’m so glad on my first day back from vacation to welcome back Mark Oppenheimer. He’s the New York Times religion columnist. He also writes for Time Magazine. He also has a new podcast out on Jewish religious issues. Mark, welcome back. How are you?
MO: I’m great! Thanks for having me. It’s your first day back and it’s one of my first days on vacation.
MO: …but for you… I’m off vacation.
HH: I’m glad! What is the new podcast?
MO: Uh, thanks for asking! I am an editor-at-large for a magazine called Tablet which is a Jewish arts and culture website at tablet.mag.com and we’ve started a podcast called Unorthodox. And it’s just discussing everything that concerns Jews or people who like Jews or people interested in Zionism. So it’s everything from what’s going on in Israel and Iran to the latest movie with Adam Sandler because he happens to be Jewish. Continue Reading