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Who Giveth This Woman?

I wasn’t following the preparations for the royal wedding nor was I a hater, belittling someone else’s interest or obsession with the event. I do like pomp and ceremony, however, and this morning I decided to check out some of the pictures and video clips online. If any family is a stickler for tradition, it is the British royal family. Their very existence in this day and age is a testament to the strength of tradition. So I should not have been surprised by the clip of William and Kate exchanging vows. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Rowan Williams asked, “Who giveth this woman?” and Kate Middleton’s father reached over, took her left hand, handed it to the Archbishop, and he in turn gave it to Prince William. I paused the video and replayed the moment again. A father giving his daughter to a priest to give to her husband? Did anyone else notice this happening? Did Kate even notice? Or was she so swept up in the moment, the ceremony, the tradition that she didn't care? Would it have caused a stir if they'd left out this part of the ceremony? Or if Kate and William had both piped up and said, “We give ourselves to each other”?


The President Shows His Papers: An Impassioned Response 

Baratunde Thurston offers his response to President Obama’s release of his long-form birth certificate. Amen! Amen! Amen!

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