Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

When most of think of the supreme haters of LGBT equality on the Supreme Court, we think of Justice Antonin Scalia and his overtly homophobic opinions comparing homosexuality to murder, polygamy, animal abuse, drug addiction, incest, and prostitution.  However, according to Mark Joseph Stern of Slate, in recent years, with a cultivated air of civility, Justice Samuel Alito has in fact emerged as a far more consummate culture warrior than Scalia. Whereas Scalia is bombastic and minatory, Alito is artful and prescient, and in the wake of the Obergefell decision he is already preparing for the coming constitutional showdown over LGBT equality.  Mark joins me today to talk all about Justice Samuel Alito and how he is quietly planning the next battle.  You can also follow Mark on twitter.

Earlier this summer, Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in the colonial invasion of the Americas and the violent subjugation of its native peoples.  Which is why it may seem strange that today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, he canonized Father Junípero Serra, the founder and most famed symbol of the system of missions in the Spanish colony of Alta California; which from their establishment in the late 1760s until Mexico declared independence and secularized them in the 1820s, formed a network of forced-labor camps where Native Americans were imprisoned and brutalized.  Joining me today to discuss Junípero Serra and his controversial sainthood is Christine Grabowski, an anthropologist and the Principal of Grabowski & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that conducts anthropological, historical, and genealogical research and analysis on diverse issues for Native Americans. 

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