Amen, Ay-Woman, and the Contours of the American Civil Religion

On Sunday, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained minister, offered a moving prayer for the opening of the new session of the House of Representatives, invoking human fallibility, the need for divine guidance, and the importance of overcoming differences. But it was the prayer’s conclusion—“amen and ay-woman”—that brought it a great deal of attention, and no small amount of mockery. Cleaver’s fellow Methodist Mark Tooley looks at its more serious problems:

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More about: American Religion, Civil religion, Congress, Ecumenicism

BDS, Unable to Harm Israel, Has Turned Its Sights on Jews in the Diaspora

Feb. 26 2021

March 15 marks the beginning of this year’s Israel Apartheid Week, during which campus groups around the world hold rallies and events for the purpose of defaming the Jewish state and mustering support for the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction it (BDS). Richard Kemp comments:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS