America, the War, and Israel

Article by Tony Judt

(The following is a reply to a number of letters to the Editors, including one by Prof. Louise Weinberg, following Mr. Judt’s November article “America and the War,” replies which were critical of Judt’s views on Israel.) Please note that my article was about the problem of widespread international anti-Americanism. It did not directly address …

His Majesty: the President of the United States

Article by Charles Levendosky

Step by step, the Bush administration is marching this nation toward an imperial presidency— a presidency with unchecked power. And Congress has shown neither the resolve, nor the gumption to block the dangerous road President Bush has taken. Step by secret step, the administration usurps power that belongs to Congress, the judiciary and the people. …

In Sacramento, A Publisher Stirs the Wrath of the Crowd

Article by Timothy Egan

Christmas break usually leaves the campus of California State University here to roaming roosters and janitors. But the school’s administrators have been busy all week, fielding questions over an incident last week in which a commencement speaker was booed of the stage for calling for the protection of civil liberties in the government’s response terrorism. …

Inhuman Behavior

Article by Kermit D. Johnson

The historian Arnold Toynbee called war "an act of religious worship." Appropriately, when most people enter the cathedral of violence, their voices become hushed. This silence, this reluctance to speak, is based in part on not wishing to trivialize or jeopardize the lives of those who have been put in harm’s way. We want to …

Liturgy For Life

Article by William F. May

In exploring the minister’s public obligations, it would seem sensible to bypass the activity of worship and concentrate on the minister’s social service, on the grounds that the latter bears most directly on politics. Politics seems far removed from the liturgical. Politics defines the world of means subordinate to ends, of instrumental complexes, of conflict, …