Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, December 8, 2017
Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations
Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, in an emotional speech on the Senate floor, announced on Thursday that he would resign from Congress, the most prominent figure in a growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions.
At turns defiant and mournful but hardly contrite, Mr. Franken called it “the worst day of my political life,” as he denied allegations of groping and improper advances from at least six women. Instead, as his Democratic colleagues looked on, he took a parting shot at President Trump and Roy S. Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama; both have also been accused of sexual misconduct.
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Mr. Franken said.
Hours later, Representative Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment — a move that made him the third member of Congress to leave under a cloud of claims of sexual impropriety in three days. On Tuesday, Representative John Conyers Jr., Democrat of Michigan and the longest-serving African-American in House history, also quit.
Readings from Proverbs for Friday, December 8, 2017
All human progress involves being able to say “no” to ourselves, so we can achieve a greater good. When we can’t overcome self-interest and willfulness, the result is tragic.
The Proverbs in this section are not “doom and gloom,” but they are a warning. Readers are encouraged to embrace discipline and to consistently say “no” to their own faulty thinking.
Proverbs 5.23 – They die for lack of discipline, and because of their great folly they are lost.
Prayers for Friday, December 8, 2017
Dear God, today we say “no” to our self-will and we embrace your wisdom.