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Angelo Matera

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
Angelo Matera | 31 posts | Member since 11.11.07

Opinion > Issues

Why Prop 8 Won: TV Commercials Based on Reason, not Fear

Posted on 11.20.08 | Rating: 5

To understand why Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage, won in California, watch the campaign’s TV commercials at the What Is Prop 8? website. Not only were they well-made, featuring a multi-ethnic cross-section of very normal, quasi-hip, young to middle-age Californians, the commercials were models of serious, rational… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

After Obama: Why Catholics should open a ‘second front’ in the Democratic Party

Posted on 11.14.08 | Rating: 5

After Obama: Why Catholics should open a ‘second front’ in the Democratic Party I have a commentary in this week’s National Catholic Register entitled “What Now? Will New Voters Refashion the Democratic Party?” I argue that the election had a silver lining for Catholics: the same voters who turned out in large numbers for Obama—blacks and other minorities—voted strongly for California’s Proposition… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

Sarah Palin Meets Woody Allen, Across the Great Divide

Posted on 10.23.08 | Not Rated

If you’re feeling down about the ever-widening gap between blue-state and red-state America (and the even wider gap between blue and red Catholics), you can find hope in Sarah Palin. Ironically, the woman who’s been blamed for single-handedly re-igniting the culture wars is showing signs that she can appeal across the cultural divide.… READ MORE >


Opinion > Issues

Sarah Palin blasts Obama’s radical abortion policies

Posted on 10.14.08 | Not Rated

If you want to extract information from suspected terrorists, force them to listen to an endless loop of Sarah Palin speeches. I guarantee it would work. (Fortunately, John McCain is against torture.) Yet despite her grating voice and her muddled syntax, Palin managed on Saturday to pull off an effective pro-life speech that artfully strung… READ MORE >


Opinion > Business

Alan Greenspan, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian God that Failed

Posted on 10.09.08 | Not Rated

Alan Greenspan, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian God that Failed In today’s NY Times, Peter Goodman’s excellent profile of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan confirms what I’ve been writing, that it was a specific “structure of sin”—financial speculation—rather than mere human greed (or bad home loans) that created the credit crisis. I’d always wondered how a rigid anti-government… READ MORE >


Opinion > Business

Thinking Catholic: European leaders blame crisis on “speculative capitalism”

Posted on 10.07.08 | Rating: 5

Thinking Catholic: European leaders blame crisis on “speculative capitalism” Europe’s financiers were seduced by the lure of easy subprime mortgage profits, just like everyone else, and they’re suffering now, just like everyone else. But give Europe credit for one thing: Thanks to its Catholic roots, Europe’s leaders understand that the financial crisis wasn’t caused by some vague form of “greed”; it was… READ MORE >


Opinion > Issues

The Right’s Hypocritical Crusade against Wall Street

Posted on 09.29.08 | Rating: 5

The Right’s Hypocritical Crusade against Wall Street I almost never agree with First Things on economic policy, but Robert T. Miller was right last week when he warned that “those on the political right need to make sure that the Republicans in Congress do not through ignorance or stupidity misunderstand conservative economic principles and so lead us into economic disaster.” Unfortunately,… READ MORE >


Opinion > Issues

They’ll Believe in Anything: Study says atheists are more irrational

Posted on 09.26.08 | Rating: 5

They’ll Believe in Anything: Study says atheists are more irrational A new Gallup study, “What Americans Really Believe,” suggests that if anti-religious crusaders Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins want a more rational, less superstitious world, they should encourage people to go to church.  A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that, according to the study… “…traditional Christian… READ MORE >


Opinion > Culture

Adam and Eve make a stand in California

Posted on 09.23.08 | Rating: 5

Adam and Eve make a stand in California You connect the dots: A California couple refuses to submit to the state’s new “gender-neutral” marriage license that replaces bride and groom with “Party A” and “Party B.” Buried within a Scientific American article on storytelling and the brain (cited by John Murphy below) is a fascinating discovery made by “literary Darwinists”… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

The Democrats are Blowing the Election—and the Catholic Vote

Posted on 09.17.08 | Rating: 5

The Democrats are Blowing the Election—and the Catholic Vote The best thing about how the Democratic Party is kicking away what should be an easy victory in the November presidential election is that it might force them to finally reassess their support for abortion and gay marriage, positions that are unpopular with working class voters, their natural constituency. A subplot here is how the Dems were… READ MORE >


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