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Daily links, Wed., Jan. 11, 2012: Union-busting in Indy, and where to buy bread if you want good-tasting Jesus

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Nothing fun today if you're a worker: First the Supreme Court rules 9-0 against a disabled woman who was a "called" teacher in a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) school; the court ruled that she qualified as a "minister" for legal purposes, which means the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't apply to her.

In Indiana, the GOP-controlled legislature is pushing through union-busting "right to work" legislation--which means that an employee doesn't have to pay union dues in a union shop, but the union still has to represent him or her. The hope is that Indiana's labor cost will go down, which will allow Indiana incomes to go up. Wait a sec: In "right to work" states, workers make more than $1,100 a year less than in states without those laws. So whose income is going up? Uh oh, it's the 1 percent! Occupy Indiana!

Commonweal wonders whether it's appropriate to buy your communion wafers from the Walmart of communion-wafer producers: Cavanagh Co. in Rhode Island. They've captured 80 percent of the host market, crushing nuns all over the U.S. who also produce wafers. (Real question: Why buy hosts at all? Bake your own communion bread!)

If you must buy wafers, let me put in a plug in for my faves, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. They rock, and their altar breads don't taste like paste.