Projecting Christianity onto other religions

David Forsmark makes a point made by our own loyal reader, author, and Nordic expert Lars Walker, speaking of the Norse deities.  Forsmark writes:

Americans have a naïve view of religion. The religious freedom that is so ingrained in our tradition — and our Constitution — has morphed beyond tolerance to a sort of anthropomorphic acceptance of pretty much anything.

In other words, in order to prove how tolerant we are, we take our basically Judeo-Christian view of what religion and God should be, and assume all other religions share the same goals, have the same values, and are just differing manifestation of the same loving and just God.

Nothing could be further from the truth. [Read more…]

Non-conservatives behind anti-immigration issue?

Republicans are in an uproar over accusations that the think tanks behind their recent anti-immigration policies are not conservative at all; rather, they have their origin in the population control movement, with its advocacy of abortion and anti-human environmentalism. [Read more…]

From risk-taking to risk-averse

Economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson says that the reason economic recovery is so slow in coming and the unemployment rate so high is a shift in the national psychology:

We have gone from being an expansive, risk-taking society to a skittish, risk-averse one. [Read more…]

Pastoral beards

Pastors these days like to wear beards.  So says Leadership Journal, published by Christianity Today, whose blog shows the various styles preferred by various kinds of pastors.  I reproduce them here, adding also a distinctly Lutheran kind of beard. [Read more…]

Unchecked righteousness

Charles Lane of the Washington Post comments on the electric car fiasco, discussing the multiple failures of government investments and the disappointing performance and sales of the vehicles. The occasion is the disastrous roadtrip in a Tesla described by John M. Broder in the New York Times.  What interests me is not electric cars but the category of error that Lane identifies:

I accept the president’s good intentions. He didn’t set out to rip off the public. Nor was the electric-car dream a Democrats-only delusion. Several Republican pols shared it, too.

Rather, the debacle is a case study in unchecked righteousness. The administration assumed the worthiness and urgency of its goals. Americans should want electric cars, and therefore they would, apparently. [Read more…]

Insurance “rate shock” under Obamacare

The cost of health insurance will go up dramatically under Obamacare, people are starting to realize.  This will be true especially for the young healthy types that aren’t buying insurance now but will soon have to; that is to say, the currently uninsured, the ones Obamacare is supposed to help!

What a surprise!  Who knew?  Who could have guessed that would happen?  How could forcing insurance companies to take everybody, charge everyone the same, and provide free services possibly raise insurance rates?  I thought Obamacare was the way we were going to rein in health care costs.  After all, the program is called “The Affordable Health Care Act”!

Yet more reason to wonder, how can Obamacare possibly–even theoretically– work? [Read more…]