Rwanda’s Amazing Reconciliation

I was so inspired by the story of Rwanda’s ability to overcome its genocides through a process of confession and forgiveness.  Here is Fareed Zakaria and Rwandan President Paul Kagame from last Sunday. In the spirit of Zarathustra’s prescription: for human beings to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest [Read More...]

A Case Against Blair

Stephane Mot’s reasons for opposing Blair, whom he labels a “fundamentalist”: Unsurprisingly, Tony Blair came out in the open as a candidate for the Presidency of Europe. The problem is that previously, he also came out in the open as a newly converted Catholic. Some – including yours truly – would rather say “born again [Read More...]

The Family

Atheist Revolution sums up some of the facts about this mysterious, theocratic power player in Washington as covered by Bruce Wilson: Here are some details about the group worth knowing: The Family is the oldest conservative Christian organization in Washington D.C. The Family runs (but does not own) the notorious “C Street House” as a [Read More...]

Suderman: Singer Right About Rationing, Wrong About Who Should Do It

Suderman contra Singer: Governments that determine treatments using the QALY assign a dollar value to a year of perfect health (in Britain, it’s about $50,000 a year) and then generally reject treatments that don’t provide enough value. This means, among other things, that expensive treatments for older individuals are less likely to be funded. From [Read More...]

Judge This: Is A 555lb 14 Year Old A Child Abuse Victim?

A really interesting legal and ethical debate, I lean towards no. Authorities in South Carolina say that what went wrong was Gray’s care and feeding of her son, Alexander Draper. Gray, 49, of Travelers Rest, S.C., was arrested in June and charged with criminal neglect. “There’s a strong likelihood that this kid is going to [Read More...]

Anti-Gay Visiting Law Professor At NYU Causes Controversy

Jill at Feministe gives the basics: Oh this story is so easy to critique. The summary is this: NYU Law, my alma mater, invited National University of Singapore professor Dr. Li-ann Thio to teach as a visiting professor. Dr. Thio is slated to teach “Human Rights in Asia,” and is certainly an accomplished academic and [Read More...]

Jimmy Carter Breaks With Southern Baptists Over Views Of Women

Good for President Carter: After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church — and he’s decided it’s time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision “unavoidable” after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be “subservient [Read More...]

Greenwald: Media Praises Conkrite But Lacks His Integrity

Greenwald is scathing on the media in general and takes the late Tim Russert to be the avatar of all that is wrong with them: Tellingly, his most celebrated and significant moment — Greg Mitchell says “this broadcast would help save many thousands of lives, U.S. and Vietnamese, perhaps even a million” — was when [Read More...]

On Attempts To Ban Controversial Scholars From Entering The US

From the ACLU’s blog of rights: In a victory for free speech and academic discourse, last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision upholding the government’s exclusion of Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan from the United States. Professor Ramadan, a leading scholar of the Muslim world, was offered a tenured professorship at [Read More...]


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