Daily Links, April 26: Budget debate and racist hate

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Paul Ryan spoke today at Georgetown, where several professors had already expressed their feelings about the politician's use of Catholicism to justify his budget plan. At the talk today, he responded to the professors, saying: “Our budget offers a better path, consistent with the timeless principles of our nation’s founding and, frankly, consistent with how I understand my Catholic faith."

As the Supreme Court listens to arguments about Arizona's controversial immigration law, Los Angeles archbishop Jose Gomez speaks about the human consequences if the law is upheld.

The L.A. Times reports that hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise. However, today there are stories of a high school flag football team in Florida practicing solidarity with a Muslim teammate, and of massive "protests" in Norway demonstrating peaceful response to the trial of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last summer in an attempt to eliminate "multiculturalism."

The bishops are urging the U.S. to sign a treaty that would ban landmines...like the other 159 countries who have already signed on.

The LCWR has issued a statement on how it plans to respond to the CDF's assessment: "The conference plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment. We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit." How radical!

And, do you love fiction such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or The Chronicles of Narnia? Check out this survey to find out which fantasy world Catholics would be most eager to explore.