In memory of the Pope’s gesture of support for the anti-gay zealot Kim Davis, and in anticipation of the next Republican debate


Source: “Suffragettes posting bills,” George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/item/ggb2004010578/. Photoshopped. The Library dates the image only between 1910 and 1915, but the Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175659/?ref_=fn_al_tt_10, lets us narrow the range specifically to 1911, when The Crusaders (an Italian movie based on Tasso) was released in the United States.

Gay marriage in the Supreme Court: an item for Justices Ginsburg and Kagan

For Justice Ginsburg, who seems distressed that the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on the issue of abortion in Roe v. Wade has led to social turmoil,

and for Justice Kagan, who I hope was expressing disapproval of the prolongation of evil when she said, “We let issues percolate, and so we let racial segregation percolate for 50 years from 1898 to 1954,”

this item.

It comes from a letter from John W. Wilson of Leesburg, Florida, to the editor of a liberal magazine, The Nation, where it was published on p. 75 of the issue of January 17, 1934. The topic was the then socially acceptable practice of lynching, and about that Mr. Wilson took a long, judicious view, this way.

Perhaps it may be necessary to spell out that if lynching had been put to a popular vote in 1934, or if segregation had been put to a popular vote in 1954, strange fruit would still be hanging from the trees.