Daily Links Aug 1: July, we hardly knew ye
To eat or not to eat Chick-Fil-A? That is the moral question. Or is it? Scott Alessi asks , while American Jesus says  that participating in Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day isn’t the Christian thing to do, but not because of the boycott. The important thing is that there are recipe going around the internets for homemade Chick-Fil-A  if you are abstaining or don’t live near a location or just want to make it at home.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly thinks  that August 1, 2012 should be added to the dates commemorated for foreign attacks on American soil, December 7 and September 11. “I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.” Even if you do buy into the notion that the healthcare law is a an attack on religious freedom, on December 7 and September 11 commemorate foreign attacks. So, this really only works if you’re a birther. 
Real religious persecution is on the rise globally,  the State Department reports.
The more we cut federal budgets, the more we hurt women , argues a contributor to the Nation.
Bryan Cones mourns destruction of the oldest city on earth, Aleppo , but even more, the devastating toll on the lives of Syrians whose interests mean nothing to the big players in the civil war.