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New York swamp

New York | The convictions and reconvictions of New York politicos are symptoms of a putrid political body
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 12:28 pm

A New York moment: 

Good luck keeping up with all the corruption trials going on here in the Empire State. Since the U.S. Supreme Court let off Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2016, setting a higher legal standard for corruption cases, federal judges here have tossed out corruption convictions of two top New York politicians. 

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Reclaiming the #MeToo movement

Sexual Abuse | Why hasn’t the church led the way in calling attention to harassment, abuse, and assault?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/04/18, 05:53 pm

Last week, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) board fired Paige Patterson from his position as president following revelations of his history of statements and decisions many people say were dismissive and demeaning to women. 

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Patterns of defending the powerful

New York | As celebrities dress in Catholic-themed couture, an abuse scandal rocks New York politics
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/09/18, 03:52 pm

A New York moment: 

Monday was the city’s big fashion night, the Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme was plastered on the front of the museum: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The evening featured, of course, high profile celebrities dressed in sometimes unsettling tributes to Catholicism—the pop star Rihanna, for example, came dressed as a glittery pope. 

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