The Buzz

Chickening Out on the First Amendment

Dan Cathy, president of the U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, has long been known as a conservative Christian who closes his restaurants on Sundays. So perhaps it should not have been a surprise that when asked about his and Chick-fil-A’s opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, “I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’” He went on to accuse gay-marriage supporters of having a “prideful, arrogant attitude.”

Yale, Singapore and Free Speech

Next fall, Yale University is slated to open a college in Singapore in collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS). The joint venture has generated controversy since it was announced, but gained additional scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported recently that political protests and parties would not be permitted at Yale-NUS.

The Times Worries About Israel's Future

The New York Times displayed a noteworthy editorial Sunday lamenting the direction of Israeli politics under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom it called “a disappointing, risk-averse leader.” It noted Netanyahu’s broad coalition with the centrist Kadima Party under Shaul Mofaz, which showed promise of providing the two leaders with an “unprecedented authority to get things done.”

Legacies of the Lethal Presidency

Tom Junod’s much-discussed Esquire story, “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama,” is a must read. Framed as a long letter to President Obama, the piece examines the many challenges and contradictions involved in the “shadow wars” the Obama administration is conducting in Yemen and elsewhere. It focuses on the administration’s reliance on targeted killing via drone strikes and the centrality of these killings to its conduct of foreign policy.

The Silly Season of Politics

You know you are in the silly season of politics when a Mitt Romney goes to the NAACP convention, gets booed for vowing to repeal “Obamacare,” and the media, ignoring that he also got a standing ovation, go wild with speculation on whether the GOP presidential candidate actually wanted that to happen so he could cadge anti-black votes.