Sex abuse scandals have once again engulfed the Catholic Church and raised questions about its policies on celibacy and the proper handling of priests and others who commit the abuses. What's stunning with this new round of allegations is its reach, both globally and administratively. Abuses have been reported throughout Europe in Ireland, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands. The Irish abuses became public after a government inquiry known as the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse released the findings from its nine-year investigation.
In a recent Public Policy Polling survey of 1,151 registered voters, 49 percent, the highest for any network, stated that they trust FOX News. That's 10 percent higher than CNN, the network that calls itself "the most trusted name in news."
Overall, these numbers are quite scary. If more Americans think that FOX News offers the most credible information, then we are truly on our way to hell in a hand basket.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got himself into some hot water for his comments regarding President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election. In the recently released political gossip book, "Game Change," authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin wrote that Reid, in an off-the-record comment, referred to the president as a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Reid's shocking comments do very little to help his troubled reelection bid and serve as a mild embarrassment for the president.
Progressives like me would love to credit global warming for the terrible rains North Texas has experienced in the past weeks. Such a connection would continue to energize the environmental movement and would give credence to claims that global warming and irregular climate patterns may be man-made. That's why I was elated last year when I discovered that TCU's "theme semester" would be "Think Purple, Live Green." To me, this announcement indicated that our university would dedicate itself to making sure we were truly ahead of the curve when it came to sustainability.
A presidential address to American students about the importance of staying in school is not indoctrination. With 6.2 million high school dropouts (according to CNN) in 2007, we should be more concerned about having a society that keeps students in school so that they can realize their potential than we should be about the evil President Barack Obama turning poor, innocent children into liberal demons.