Daily Links, March 22: The budget, Trayvon Martin, and cafeteria Catholicism
Today is World Water Day! According to Catholic Relief Services, 884 million people around the world don't have access to clean water.
There's been a lot of talk about Paul Ryan's newest budget--including a proposal from faith communities suggesting how our leaders can "protect the common good, value each individual and help lift the burden on the poor."
Also gaining a lot of attention in the headlines is the sad case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Here's one take on how this shooting hearkens back to the civil rights era; another asking where the outrage of the white church is; another on the crime "walking while black." The chief of police in the town where the shooting occurred has resigned temporarily due to criticism of how the case has been handled.
The Pew Forum has come out with two new surveys: one discussing religion in prison through the eyes of prison chaplains, and one saying 38 percent of Americans say there is too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders.
Speaking of politics, Rick Santorum just might qualify as a "cafeteria Catholic." Notes the Washington Post: "At issue is the myth, perpetuated by religionists on the right (including Santorum himself), that the selective and self-serving observance of religious rules and doctrines is a sin committed exclusively by the left. The practice is known as “cherry picking.” Both sides do it."
And it looks like Obama has given the go-ahead for the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. This comes as a surprise to many given that in January, Obama rejected the application for the entire pipeline.
Though we might have guessed, the truth is out: one man selling rapture pet insurance admits the whole thing was a hoax.
And, we all pretty much saw this "story" coming.