August 31, 2009
What to Watch: Carrie Prejean Sues Pageant Officials
-- Just when you thought the Carrie Prejean saga was over, she has filed a lawsuit, claiming pageant officials discriminated against her religious beliefs, caused her emotional distress and engaged in slander. Prejean claimed that she lost her crown after voicing her opposition to same-sex marriage during the Miss USA beauty pageant.
-- Montana's high court will consider a claim that a doctor’s refusal to help a patient die violated his rights under the state’s constitution. Depending on the outcome, The New York Times reports that Montana could become the first state in the country to declare that medical aid in dying is a protected right.
-- In case you were wondering for some reason, George W. Bush isn't planning on converting to Catholicism according to his brother Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. “That would be a great thing, but you won’t see him here as a Catholic — he’s pretty comfortable with his Methodist faith. I’d like him to come here though. It would be fun.” Jeb Bush spoke about his own conversion to Catholic and how he opposes elected officials who think they should keep their faith “in a safety deposit box.”
-- Virginia gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell is trying to distance himself from a master's thesis he wrote for Regent University in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family, according to The Washington Post.
He said government policy should favor married couples over 'cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.' He described as 'illogical' a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples."
-- Controversial Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton, Pa resigned. Michael Paulson and others are taking note because the bishop would criticize its own Vice President Joe Biden, as well as various local Catholic institutions, mostly because of abortion.
-- Dan Gilgoff considers the differences of the faith-based offices between the Obama and Bush Administration. "President Obama's faith-based office has given religious figures a bigger role in influencing White House decisions," he writes. "We would have gotten killed for doing that," Jim Towey, who directed Bush's faith-based office told Gilgoff. "It looks like a political office now."