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June 3, 2004
IAND OTHERS have written in the past to decry the waste of space devoted to the nastiness Michelle Malkin calls "political commentary," but in her most recent column, she has descended to a new level. Ms. Malkin has now become the guardian of public morality with her national outing of young women working in Washington. Thank God Jessica Cutler worked for a Republican senator and not a "liberal" Democrat. Ms. Malkin attacked only the young lady, not those public servants, including one "appointed by Bush," who took advantage of her favors.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
IF Boy Scouts want to discriminate against gay people (and atheists), it's ultimately their decision. They just have to practice their questionable morality in a place not provided by taxpayers. Surely there must be a gay-hating, morally straight, Christian property-owner who'd be glad to offer the Scouts a building at below market value so they can continue their alleged "good work. " Michael McGonigle, Philadelphia
NEWS
January 5, 1986
Stanley Karnow (Op-ed Page, Dec. 25) has distorted the meaning of George Kennan's recent article in Foreign Affairs. Actually, he has completely reversed the thrust of Mr. Kennan's piece. In his famous article 40 years ago, Mr. Kennan argued that American foreign policy had been too legalistic and moralistic. In his current article, he denies that he wanted morality to be abandoned. He points out areas where our policy should be more in line with morality. Specifically, he condemns a policy of secret dirty tricks, saying that the success of our diplomacy has always depended on its inherent honesty.
NEWS
July 5, 2002
IN HIS LETTER to the editor, Mr. Syheed Ahmad Willis states that while it is true that the Prophet Muhammad had sex with a 9-year-old girl, he did it in an honorable way. I'm having a really difficult time trying to find anything "honorable" about a grown man having sex with a 9-year-old child. And why is it that the defenders of this pedophile's act all seem to have one state correctional address or another? Let me guess- you were framed. John Kirschner Claymont, Del.
NEWS
June 6, 1991 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The authors of a controversial report calling on Presbyterians to adopt a new morality allowing homosexuality and sex outside marriage presented their recommendations yesterday to representatives of a church that has been deeply troubled by the authors' work. Now the commissioners to the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting here this week and next, must decide what to do with the recommendations, which represent a dramatic break with centuries of Christian moral tradition.
NEWS
August 28, 1998 | BY TRISH MILNAMOW
TV news has drawn a line of morality in the sand that is laughable in its hypocrisy. The American public is inundated with sermons by pundits and commentators on "news" programs. The central themes are the alleged immorality of the president and the apathy of the American public. How is journalistic irresponsibility for a theme? The distaste for the discussion of sex acts is seen as moral apathy instead of a refusal to rush to judgment. The reality is closer to the fact that most Americans are aware that our TV news media and some print publications are hard-pressed to be arbiters of American morality.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1999 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Here we go again - another paranoid comedy about a decent, principled Jonah swallowed whole by the voracious leviathan of crass American society. By now, we know the dramatis personae: unscrupulous politicians, greedy publishers, scandal-mongering reporters, and, most cynically of all, an ignorant, gullible public. We know the narrative method, too: Grab a bludgeon and whack away. Jamie Pachico, a Chicago playwright whose The Return to Morality is on view at the Adrienne in an InterAct Theatre Company production, was inspired by an actual incident: a 1967 literary hoax in which a set of proposals spoofing right-wing ideology was taken, by some, as a genuine government document.
NEWS
April 15, 1991 | By PHILIP BATTAGLIA
I hear the social engineers from the left: "You can't legislate morality. " In contradiction to this creed, members of ACT UP, an AIDS organization, toss condoms at an 80-year-old school board director, demanding prophylactics be distributed to students to fight the spread of AIDS. Claude Lewis, in his March 7 Inquirer column, urges the school board to adopt this seemingly pragmatic solution and cater to the sexual trends of today's teenagers. In the March 15 Letters section two writers support Lewis' article.
NEWS
November 6, 1990 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Measure for Measure, Shakespeare deals with the issue of controlling public morality through law. The issue is with us still, as the debate over laws regulating abortion attest. Still, Shakespeare's infrequently produced work, which the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theater (PART) is presenting at the Mask and Wig Theater, is a puzzling piece for the contemporary theatergoer. One reason is the draconian terms in which the principal issue is framed: Claudio has gotten Juliet, whom he intends to marry, with child, and the penalty for fornication in the Vienna that Shakespeare imagines is death.
NEWS
December 1, 2010
THE Daily News advocates extending unemployment benefits for another three months at a cost of $12.5 billion. Not noted is that the benefits have already been extended umpteen times, currently to 96 weeks (from 26), at a cost somewhere around $300 billion. Why can't the unemployed work for their benefits? Plant trees or clean vacant lots to help the environment, provide day care or elder care so others can work, fix potholes. Why, after the cost of transportation, day care, taxes, uniforms, are the benefits more attractive than accepting a minimum-wage job?
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
CHASING LIFE  9 tonight, ABC Family The unexpected loss at the end of last week's episode wasn't the only surprise in store for April (Italia Ricci). Someone saw this coming, even if she didn't. PUBLIC MORALS  10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT Edward Burns wrote, directed and starred in the pilot of this '60s-set series that's as much family drama as it is cop show. Officer Terry Muldoon (Burns) works in the NYPD's public morals division - better known as the vice squad - trying to keep the peace between some of his not-so-law-abiding relatives and the public.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
WYOMISSING, Pa. - The doors are locked at Valley Forge Flag Co. Employees must ring a newly installed doorbell and wait outside the dark tinted windows for someone to let them in. Inside, phones are ringing. The Berks County flag manufacturer, one of the nation's largest, has been fielding angry calls since making headlines Tuesday when it announced it would no longer make the Confederate battle flag. The decision came in the wake of the June 17 killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., and growing public opposition to a flag seemingly embraced by alleged shooter Dylann Roof and others as a symbol of white supremacy and slavery.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
EMBATTLED CITY Council candidate Manny Morales had his read-my-lips moment yesterday repeatedly saying that he hadn't discussed his decision to rescind the Democratic City Committee's endorsement with the party's chairman, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in the wake of a Facebook scandal. "I haven't spoken to him," Morales insisted during a news conference held at his Juniata Park campaign headquarters. "I sent him a letter [Thursday]. " Morales said he last spoke with Brady in February when he picked up the endorsement of ward leaders in the 7th Council District, which includes Morales' Frankford neighborhood.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emanuel "Manny" Morales is in for the fight. The Philadelphia City Council candidate, who came under fire this week after a political rival pointed out racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on his Facebook page, said Friday that he is staying in the May 19 primary to determine the Democratic Party's candidate in the Seventh District. "We will continue doing like we did with our petitions," said Morales, who until this week was the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate, "knocking on doors and visiting every single person in the district.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia City Council candidate under fire over scores of racist, antigay and anti-poor people messages found on his Facebook page has been told by Democratic leaders that he has lost the party's support. In response - and to save face - Emanuel "Manny" Morales sent a letter Thursday to the party chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, asking ward leaders to rescind the endorsement they had given him. He said he intended to continue as a candidate running against the Seventh District incumbent, Maria Quiñones Sánchez.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
COUNCIL CANDIDATE Manny Morales yesterday said he never posted hateful rants against blacks, immigrants, women, gays and welfare recipients on his Facebook page. His page was hacked, Morales said, and he thinks Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, or someone connected to her campaign, did it. Sanchez called Morales' accusation "absurd. " On Monday, the councilwoman released a string of bigoted Facebook posts allegedly penned by Morales over a five-year period. "All of this has never been posted by me," Morales said yesterday in a phone interview.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day after being accused of posting racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on Facebook, the Democratic Party-backed candidate for Philadelphia's Seventh City Council District seat said his page was hacked. "Anything that you find from my Facebook that has to do with any type of derogatory comments, has never been from me," Emanuel "Manny" Morales said Tuesday. Morales said the messages, which date from 2010 to 2014, were not posted by him. He had no explanation for how they came to be there other than to say that people get hacked.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Notre Dame University law professor says the legal and moral issues related to the U.S. government's use of unmanned drones to kill individuals in war zones could be more difficult than similar issues on torture. "There is a seductive quality of killing with drones" because they are high-tech and sleek, said Mary Ellen O'Connell. She referred to targeted deaths by drones as "extrajudicial" killings. "International law does not support what the United States and other countries are doing with drones," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2014 | By Dan Webster, For The Inquirer
It was Pied Piper night at the Philadelphia Orchestra. The audience Friday at Verizon Hall gladly would have followed clarinetist Ricardo Morales out the doors and to any destination he proposed. Morales, principal clarinet since 2003, explored shadings of his instrument's eloquence in Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie and brought the audience to its feet with the cascades of notes and theatrical flourishes that characterize Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations . Although the sheer jubilance and charm of the Rossini evoked that ovation, it was in the subtle and thoughtful Debussy piece that a range of the soloist's gifts could be savored.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Theatre Exile opens playwright Lucas Hnath's darkly topical Red Speedo on Wednesday at its Studio X headquarters, it's not the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd that will be most noticeable. Rather, the pungent scent of chlorine and the splashing of pool water will predominate. Set designer Colin McIlvaine has created a locker-filled training area complete with the edge of an Olympic-sized pool (18 inches deep; no swimming) for Hnath's caustic tale of doping and the moral dilemmas at its heart: How far would you go for the ultimate win?
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