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August 12, 2010 |  4:04 pm

John Rosenberg of Discriminations criticized Doyle McManus' Aug. 1 Op-Ed about President Obama's reluctance to discuss race, opening his critique by noting that he wished to discuss McManus' piece "not because [it's] distinctive but precisely because [it's] not." Rosenberg went on to say that McManus' faith in Obama as a "racial healer" shows how detached McManus' views are from those of average Americans who aren't members of the "elite commentators of the political class," which in turn takes a toll on the accuracy of McManus' opinions.

Tim Rutten's Aug. 4 Op-Ed on Christianity struck a nerve with Seth Manapio of Whiskey Before Breakfast, who faulted what he saw as Rutten's soft condemnation of corruption within organized religion. Manapio noted that Rutten referred to people within churches who commit acts of pedophilia, molestation and bigotry as "imperfect," but Manapio asserted, "This is not 'imperfection.' This is evil."

A blogger under the name of The Playful Walrus blogged on The Opine Editorials about our Aug. 4 editorial on Proposition 8. We argued that, if one of the primary concerns regarding same-sex couples is the effect their supposed inferior parenting skills could have on their children, then we should similarly bar heterosexual couples who are bad parents from getting married. The Playful Walrus disagreed, saying that the issue at hand was not whether a same-sex couple had better or worse parenting skills than a heterosexual couple, it was simply "that only a bride-groom pairing can give children one parent, role model and advocate from both of the two sexes that comprise all of society."

Hunter Wallace blogged on Occidental Dissent about Gregory Rodriguez's Aug. 2 Op-Ed in favor of abolishing affirmative action. Rodriguez argued that because white racial anxiety is intensifying due to the increasing diversification of the country, the Obama administration should put an end to the program to dodge a potential "white backlash." But Wallace asserts that the Obama administration will never abolish the program for political reasons: Obama cannot afford to lose the nonwhite vote. And furthermore, Wallace notes, Op-Eds such as Rodriguez's symbolize "the progressive movement hurtl[ing] toward its inevitable trainwreck."

-- Emilia Barrosse

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