Things have reached a terrible nadir in post-industrial Detroit. What was initially thought to be criminals dressed as police, turned out to be police behaving as criminals:
When this happens, there are precious few remedies left to the citizens, who must now worry not only about lawless, marauding gangs, but also those normally trusted to reign in criminality. Of course, this has long been a complaint - especially among minorities living in cities with notoriously corrupt police departments - but seeing it done so openly brings a whole new level of concern.
If anyone ever doubted that de-industrialization and a lack of economic opportunity can destroy a city as surely as a nuclear bomb, look no further than Detroit, which was once the engine driving a decent standard of living for the middle class.
THE POPE'S NEW TAKE ON HOMOSEXUALS
Pope Francis seems to be softening the Holy See's stance on homosexuals in the Catholic Church. While it's interesting to see how this is being interpreted by Catholic commentators (The Catholic League's William Donohhue has said, "Pope Benedict XVI, responding to the homosexual scandal in the Catholic Church . . . did not make it impossible for gays to enter the priesthood; he simply made it more difficult for those who were practicing gays to enter."), perhaps more important is the question of whether this amounts to a much-needed show of human acceptance regardless of personal sins or an acceptance of homosexual practice.
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