Rolling Stone has ruffled feathers (to put it lightly) by featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its most recent issue. Though the decision has proved controversial, the magazine’s editors have issued the following explanation:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS
Madelyn Sheaffer, a 42-year-old mother in Missouri, was as Adventure Oasis water park with her daughter last week when she was approached by park employees and asked to cover up. Confused because she was wearing a bikini much like other females at the park, she concluded that this was a result of “discrimination” against her “fuller figure,” and wanted others to know her story so if they were ever treated in a similar manner, they would have the confidence to stick up for themselves.
What do you think about Sheaffer’s scenario at the water park? Is this not family-friendly attire or was the staff out of line to ask her to cover up or leave?
Yesterday marked a significant day for LGBT rights: The Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and also declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8, allowing same-sex marriage in Cali to resume. There were tears of joy and tears of sadness.
Last week, The Guardian broke the news that the National Security Agency has been collecting data from the phone records and online activity of American citizens as part of a larger surveillance program. While this threw everyone for a loop, the NSA argues that these top secret programs are not only legal, but necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. Obama stands behind them.
The man responsible for the leaks is Edward Snowden. Some, including — surprise — Snowden himself, think he did the right thing (“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” he said). Some, like New York Times columnist David Brooks, call him a traitor: “He betrayed the Constitution. The founders did not create the United States so that some solitary 29-year-old could make unilateral decisions about what should be exposed.”
Everybody’s talking about Pope Francis this morning. What do you hope to see from the reign of the new pope?