Monday Morning Links: March 2

Obamacare's opponents will argue their case on March 4 in the Supreme Court, appealing to a subclause of the tax code. Over at the New York Review of Books they ask, Can They Crush Obamacare? (David Cole has his doubts.)

This evening, Kelly Renee Gissendaner, an inmate on Georgia's death row, is scheduled to die by lethal injection. Her story has garnered some attention because of Gissendaner's theological studies in prison, and her correspondence with theologian Jürgen Moltmann. For more on religious life in prison, see Derek Jeffreys' book reviews from our last issue.

Joseph Bottom argues for the modern novel's Protestant character in Books and Culture. "To write a Protestant novel is, instead, to do something a little unnecessary, a little verging on the redundant." he writes. Catholic novels, he thinks, are a little more tricky.

In The New Yorker, Eric Schlosser writes on "how a handful of pacifists and nuns exposed the vulnerability of America’s nuclear-weapons sites." In reflecting on what what happened at Y-12, he discusses Dorothy Day, the Berrigan brothers, and manages to speak to some Plowshares activists in prison.

Half the battle against ISIS is media, according to The Atlantic. How does the U.S. tell a more compelling story to those who might be swayed ISIS's apocalyptic message? 

Unlike their counterparts at the hard military end of the battle against ISIS, the American foot soldiers in the war of narratives are at a considerable disadvantage relative to their jihadist adversary.

Maria Bowler is the former assistant digital editor of Commonweal. 

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