Contra Mindy Selmys: Anger Isn’t Always Hatred

In Mesa, Arizona, three days after al-Qaeda destroyed the World Trade Center, an armed man walked into the grocery store owned by Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh, and shot him dead in the mistaken belief that Sodhi was a Muslim. Let it be said boldly and up front that Islamophobia is real. Let’s also pause [Read More…]

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Eid al-Adha for the Deaf and Dumb

It was not, initially, my intention to remain all but ignorant of the Turkish language. But the schools where I taught scheduled me for at least 45 classroom hours per week. Because the textbook material proved to be well over the students’ heads, not to mention deathly dull, I had no choice but to write [Read More…]

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Pope Francis and the Barbarians

Eager to glimpse the big picture of Francis’ pontificate? Frustrated connecting the dots from soundbyte to soundbyte? Read Constantine Cafavy’s poem “Waiting for the Barbarians,” which Rod Dreher was kind enough to contextualize for readers. Cafavy describes the government and citizens of an unnamed city waiting for the arrival of some unnamed barbarians. Their mood [Read More…]

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