“Religion Poisons Everything!” (15)

    The Sermon on the Mount, judging from the Hitchens principle that “religion poisons everything,” might have been a halfway memorable speech if it weren’t for all the religious stuff crammed into it:   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5-7&version=KJV   The 1939 Church of the Beatitudes, sitting above the Sea of Galilee in Israel, was commissioned for an order [Read More…]

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It’s time for “Harrison Bergeron”

    I was a big Kurt Vonnegut reader in high school.  I devoured his books.  And I loved his (very) short story “Harrison Bergeron.”  I’ve thought of it many times in the months since I left high school, and I think it quite relevant to many recent discussions about equality and inequality.   It’s [Read More…]

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“The Admiral of the String Theory Wars”

    This relatively short article offers an interesting window into the human side of theoretical physics — there is one, you know — and, along the way, demonstrates both that fierce controversies aren’t unknown in scholarly circles and that I may actually not be the nastiest, most contentious, and most personally insulting person in [Read More…]

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Genuine leadership

      A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)     [Read more…]

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“Some Thoughts from Some Authorities”

    I think that I may have neglected to post a link to this excellent compilation of important General Authority comments that was put together by my friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague John Gee:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/04/some-thoughts-from-some-authorities.html   Even if I did post a link to it, though, this is a good enough collection [Read More…]

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New Testament 150

    Matthew 15:1-20 Mark 7:1-23 Compare Luke 6:39; 11:37-41   The scribes and Pharisees accuse Jesus of violating “the tradition of the elders,” but he one-ups them by pointing out that they and their tradition actually violate “the commandment of God.”   In the Marcan account, the Savior cites Isaiah to describe them:   He [Read More…]

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“Iran is lying, and we know it.”

    As I’ve said several times before, I wish we had a President:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418019/iran-lying-and-we-know-it-harold-rhode-joseph-raskas     [Read more…]

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“Are religious colleges at risk if Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage?”

    No.  Inconceivable.  There’s nothing whatever to worry about.  This could never happen.  Don’t spare it a thought:   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/07/are-religious-colleges-at-risk-if-supreme-court-approves-same-sex-marriage/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl6%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D-105033777   What, me worry?     [Read more…]

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“The fascinating story behind why so many nail technicians are Vietnamese”

    I became vaguely aware through my wife, several years ago, that a very large proportion of manicurists, even here in Utah Valley, are Vietnamese, and I wondered idly why that was the case.   Now I know:   http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/05/05/tippi-hedren-vietnamese-refugees-nail-industry   Thanks to Charles Steinman for alerting me to this curious story.     [Read more…]

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“Religion poisons everything!” (14)

    According to the Hitchens principle that “religion poisons everything,” the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa would be a better place — less toxic — if these famous terraced gardens didn’t exist.     [Read more…]

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