THE MASSACRE of children is the low hanging fruit of outrage. Pictures of babies struggling for air, not understanding why halting breaths will be their last before seeing the face of God, bring easy rage. The sight of a father cradling his dying daughter with an otherworldly expression - as if he were already with her in heaven - brings us to our knees. The film of bombs crashing down upon the heads of first responders makes our own heads explode with equal potency.
I was sitting at the immigration office this week with a client, fuming because the officer was taking what seemed like hours to fill out one form, stamp it and send us on our way. First World problems are my specialty, including worrying about not being able to find a good latte, missing the SEPTA bus and running out of my favorite brand of shampoo.
I KNOW an 8-year-old boy who likes all sorts of reptiles. He has a particular affection for bearded dragons, of which he has three named, much to their displeasure, Bernie, Hercules and Skitters. He also has a large collection of stuffed serpents of all c
SUPREME COURT confirmation hearings are supposed to assess the qualifications of a judicial nominee. "Supposed" is the operative word. It never actually works out that way, or at least, not since Ronald Reagan picked an eminently qualified, high
RELIGION IS very important to me. I'm not unusual. According to a recent Pew report, three-quarters of Americans said that religion was at least "somewhat important" in their lives, and well over half said that it was "very important." Only 11 percent said that it was "not important."
WE HAD "A Day Without Immigrants," designed to teach us how to appreciate immigrants. We had "A Day Without Women," designed to teach us how to appreciate women (which will translate into a lot of toilet seats left up across the countr
AFTER I WROTE about what I see as anti-Catholic bigotry in community opposition to the Villanova bridge, with its so-called "ostentatious" crosses, I received several emails that took me to task for equating "civic dispute" with a hate crime. These writers criticized me for even suggesting that someone who doesn't want crosses "shoved down" her throat is acting with the same sort of animus that fuels the destruction of Jewish headstones.
I'VE OFTEN THOUGHT that some of the most vocal critics of child abuse really didn't care as much as they pretended to care about abused and neglected children. Their focus was elsewhere, far above the downy heads of little boys who'd been raped or moleste
Norma McCorvey dies at 69
I DON'T BELIEVE in a binary world. It's rarely "either/or," black or white, good or evil. People who live without ambiguity are probably happy, but I'm betting that they're also undesirable dinner guests or life partners.
I’m not Jewish, but if I were, I’d be pretty angry about the liberal use of “Hitler” as an accusation against our president....
'A JUDGE who likes every opinion he decides is likely a bad judge."
This is how Judge Neil Gorsuch introduced himself and his philosophy to the American people on Tuesday evening, moments after his nomination to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Antonin Scalia's death last February.
THIS IS THE COLUMN I didn't want to write. I knew I'd have to get to it eventually because all through the campaign season, the new occupant of the White House talked about how he would "make Mexico pay for a wall," "ban Muslims" and &
CALL IT the "People With Uteruses Who Hate Donald Trump March" . . . Or the "Birth Control, Not Self Control March." Or the "LGBTQI-Want-To-Buy-A-Vowel-Vanna March." Or, as my good friend Tania Gail suggested, the "#MeanGirlMarch2017."
I DON'T USUALLY live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some other exceptional event. But every now and then, in a sort of strange serendipity, the day comes together around people, places and ideas that have a strange symbiosis. So it was Tuesday.
YOU KNOW WHY I despise the whole idea of hate-crime legislation? Because it validates the repellent idea that some victims are more important, more valued, more deeply mourned or cared for than others. You have two people, one white, straight and Christia
JONATHAN SWIFT is the world's most well-known practitioner of satire, trailed by Mark Twain and then, unintentionally, the Kardashian women.
LAST WEEK, I wrote a column about paying attention. I asked us to pay attention to the tragedy occurring in Aleppo because we had a moral obligation to focus on something beyond our narrow domestic interests. I might have come off sounding preachy and pretentious because a lot of people emailed to say that dead Syrian children "weren't our problem" and accused me of being a clueless liberal.
See Christine Flowers on Channel 6's "Inside Story" Sunday at 11:30 a.m.