Paying tribute to “The Simpsons” co-creator

Sam Simon, one of the original creators of “The Simpsons,” died at age 59 of colon cancer.  To pay tribute, what are some of your favorite “Simpsons” bits? [Read more...]

The 12 Funniest Books Ever Written?

In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, in which we go through our cupboards to use up any treats and frivolities before the solemnities of Lent, I would like to draw your attention to  Anthony Sacramone’s list of  The 12 Funniest Books Ever Written.  You need to go to the link to read his paragraphs about each work on his list, but I will list the titles after the jump, along with my own additions and corrections. [Read more...]

Responding to satire with satire

Anthony Sacramone, no mean satirist himself, shows how a religion that is being attacked by satire should respond:  with satire.  And he gives the example of one of the great apologists of the Early Church:   Tertullian. [Read more...]

The Conflict of Iconoclasts

France is holding huge rallies for free speech after the Charlie Hebdo murders, but they have arrested a comedian for his antisemitic speech.  Now the Pope, while condemning the terrorist attack, is underscoring that mocking religion is wrong in itself.  Issues of free speech are apparently more complicated than is often assumed.

Meanwhile, the sold-out new issue of the satirical magazine that was attacked makes clear its distinct ideological position, namely, a militant atheism.  The editors say how they laughed when the bells of Notre Dame would be rung in their honor, and that those who say “‘I am Charlie’ need to also know that that means, ‘I am secularism.’”  The point is, both the terrorists and their victims are iconoclasts.

After the jump, Stephen Richert, while condemning the killings and insisting that he is not blaming the victim, argues that freedom of speech is NOT the primary value of civilization and that leftist iconoclasts and Islamic iconoclasts have more in common than either of them realize. [Read more...]

The very model of a Biblical philologist

After the jump, Biblical scholarship by way of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I am the very model of a modern major-general.” [Read more...]

The funny year in review

One of my long-time customs leading up to New Year’s is to read Dave Barry’s annual year in review.  I like the month-by-month survey of what happened in the previous year.  And that his commentary is hilarious. [Read more...]


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