The nun and Glenn Beck: a standoff

Joan Chittister; 11/3/10

I got an invitation today. It wasn’t to me. It was to Glenn Beck. Let me give you a little background so you can understand how it happened. There is a nun in the country this week, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, from Syria. Now, that may not seem much like international news to you but it is. And not only to me. In fact, Sr. Marie Claude Naddaf is here to receive the U.S. State Department’s “International Women of Courage Award.” Given to 10 women around the globe who have shown “exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement,” the awards purpose is to support women who are working for the equality of women everywhere. And any woman who has ever spoken up for women’s equality in any arena that counts – in politics, in business, in law, in the home, in the church – know exactly how much courage that requires. Even now. Even here.