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Vox is out with a fascinating and very worthwhile piece about reports which have mistakenly said People of Praise, the Catholic group to which probable supreme court pick Amy Coney Barrett belongs, helped inspire Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
One of the weirder ways this debate has played out since Barrett was first discussed as a potential nominee is the fight over whether or not People of Praise … is also one of the inspirations for The Handmaid’s Tale. In Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel (and its recent TV adaptation), fertile women are forced to live as childbearing slaves called handmaids. The book isn’t an established inspiration – but the story has developed legs anyway.
The inaccurate link between the People of Praise and Atwood’s story, perpetuated by a series of confusing coincidences and uneven fact-checking, first emerged in a Newsweek article and was later picked up by Reuters. Both articles have since been corrected, but the right was furious at both.
Health officials in Florida reported at least 2,795 new cases of Covid-19 and at least 107 deaths on Saturday, according to the state’s department of health.
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