I am a Ph.D. student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation, which includes Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. My interests are religion, politics, TV, movies, and reading.
I was watching ABC This Week this afternoon. (It's on in the morning,
but I tape it while I am at church, then I watch it in the afternoon.)
The topic at the beginning of the episode was Nelson Mandela, who
recently passed on. The narrator was saying that President Ronald
Reagan opposed sanctions against South Africa, and that Congress passed
sanctions anyway. And yet, it went on to say that Reagan appointed the
first black ambassador to South Africa, and it showed Reagan saying in
1986 that Mandela should be released from prison and allowed to
participate in the political process. I knew about Reagan's stance on
sanctions, but I did not know about those other things.