The Magdalene Laundry

Perhaps those of us who are more progressive ought to realize that a cultural milestone has been reached when conservatives take for granted positions that were first espoused and fought for by liberals. We ought to take a deep breath, and see how far we've come. I see two points of progress.1. The fact that Sarah Palin is on the GOP ticket means that no one, liberal or conservative in this country, can respectably argue that women --including mothers with young children -- are as a class not fit to be leaders and commanders. And if you don't think that that position is still out there --among conservative Catholics and conservative evangelicals, you might want to spend some time with Google.2. Bristol Palin, for all the horrors of publicity she has been through, has not and will not be buried in an unmarked grave, separated from her child and punished for life for her sexual sins. Those days are over.No one who has any claim to authority--liberal or conservative--comes anywhere close to advocating this way of dealing with unplanned pregnancies.Deo Gratias.

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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