Columnist: Leonard Pitts

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

A breath of fresh air from the Vatican

A few words on the new pope.

Since ascending to the papacy in March, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio has managed to surprise and impress the religious and irreligious alike by living a brand of faith seldom seen on the public stage. Pope Francis insists on carrying his own bags, living in a simple apartment and cooking his own supper. He has largely shunned the papal Mercedes-Benz in favor of a 5-year-old Ford Focus. 

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 08:40 AM

Village idiots take aim at Miss America

Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Wal-Mart and plays basketball. His father came to this country from India and both are Sikhs, followers of a centuries-old faith founded in the Punjab region. Supreet wanted to tell me what it is like being a Sikh in America.

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Is America crazy?

Is America crazy?

Twelve people killed at a secure naval installation virtually on the front porch of the federal government, eight others hurt, the shooter shot to death, and it's just another manic Monday, another day in the life of a nation under the gun. So yes, maybe it's time we acknowledged that gorilla in the back seat, time we asked the painfully obvious.
Is America crazy?

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 08:53 AM

Remembering a debt we all owe

This is for four women who are not here.

It is for grandchildren who never existed and retirement celebrations that were never held. It is for Sunday dinners that were never prepared in homes that were never purchased.

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 10:36 AM

A positive aftermath to a criminal act

Matthew Cordle does not want your admiration.

He knows some people are finding inspiration in his courage. We are told this upsets him. He thinks they're missing the point.
The point is, he killed someone.

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

'NALT' Christians need to speak up

As Dan Savage tells it, it began years ago when he'd go on CNN or MSNBC to discuss LGBT issues opposite the likes of Tony Perkins.

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 02:14 PM

IRS ruling moves us forward

Abraham Lincoln said it best.

As the drums of disunion began to drown out the softer melodies of comity and reason, Lincoln, a candidate for U.S. Senate, warned a convention of Illinois Republicans that the nation could not escape its moment of decision.

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

About the Oklahoma killing and outrage

I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane.
Except this:

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 06:06 PM

Now is the time, still

This is "tomorrow."

Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream.

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

‘The Butler' and The Truth

This isn't your average summer movie crowd.

It's not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk, caramel and creamless coffee that we call "black." It's not just that they are largely old, with raincloud hair and been-there eyes, some leaning on canes for support.

Aug. 19, 2013 @ 08:17 AM

In a world of 'Elysium'

The world is a ghetto.

That is, yes, the title of an old song by War. It is also the reality presented by "Elysium," the new film by director Neill Blomkamp.

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Finally, an end to War on Drugs

It's been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law. And a war on families, removing millions of fathers from millions of homes. And a war on money, spilling it like water.

Aug. 12, 2013 @ 08:29 AM

Here's hoping Post sale can save journalism

Newspapers have become the bullied school kid of American journalism.

Aug. 09, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

Columnist now officially a Twit

"Surrender, Dorothy!" -- the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz"


Aug. 05, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

Fox 'News' sinks to a new low with author interview

No it was not the most excruciating thing ever seen on television. We've seen worse.