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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Six months of war in Ukraine

Six months of war in Ukraine and the moral stakes are still high

Six months ago today, on orders from President Vladimir Putin, Russian troops began their full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In a year of nastiness in our domestic politics and threats to democracy around the world, the war in Ukraine remains the frontlines, and everything else, everything, is a secondary theater of cultural conflict, says NCR political columnist Michael Sean Winters.

"The battle in Ukraine is not only between Ukraine and Russia but between closedness and openness, between ethnic nationalism and cosmopolitanism, between 'might makes right' and the messy, frustrating, complicated style of democracy that we in the West have built," he writes. "The people of Ukraine are fighting for us, not just for themselves."

Read more of Winters' column here.

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Don't cede the rosary to the alt-right

Last week, after the Atlantic published a piece about "How Extremist Gun Culture Is Trying to Co-opt the Rosary," reactions to the essay went viral. In it, Daniel Penneton, a Toronto-based historian and writer, argued that for some radical-traditional ("rad-trad") Catholics, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning and become associated with the recent — and dangerously violent — rise in Christian nationalism in the United States. 

"That some are misusing the rosary and other Catholic devotions or teachings to support Christian nationalism should alarm us all," writes NCR executive editor Heidi Schlumpf. "But we need to place our anger where it belongs: on the Christian nationalists. No need to, ahem, shoot the messenger." 

Read more of Schlumpf's article here.

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