by Bill Forman
OK, that's not strictly true. But the media continues to be intrigued by the combination of the two, as evidenced by all the national press coverage of the Nuns on the Bus tour, which rolls into Colorado Springs at noon today.
As the New Yorker's Robert Sullivan noted last month, the sisterly road warriors have expanded the scope of their message — and, in at least one instance, their mode of transport — since their summer tour protesting Congressman Paul Ryan's proposed budget:
Nuns on a Ferry marked the first time that the principals in the Nuns on the Bus campaign officially switched modes of transportation, though several nuns who eventually rode on the ferry did take the subway to the event. It also highlighted the latest phase of the nuns’ effort, in which other nuns, aside from the original bus-riders, take the campaign to other parts of the country—Nuns on the Bus 2.0. “We’re open sourced,” said Sister Simone Campbell, the Nun on the Bus who’d addressed the Democratic National Convention earlier in the month. “We created some car magnets, so you can have nuns on the bus, too. We have some guidelines on our Web site, and you just need to have at least one nun.”