Christianity’s influence on marriage & the status of women

According to the “progressive narrative,” Christianity and its view of marriage have oppressed women.  But as David Theroux points out, drawing on actual scholarship,  the actual influence of Christianity is quite different. [Read more...]

Scott Walker is running for president

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced his candidacy for president.  (You are excused if you thought that he had already done so, he’s been doing so much campaigning.)  He made a name for himself as the scourge of labor unions, crippling the teachers’ union in Wisconsin and surviving their attempt to recall him.  Republicans like that, but how will it sell in the general election?  Can anyone make the case for Scott Walker for president? [Read more...]

How a Nobel prize winner got fired

Timothy Richard Hunt is a biologist who won the Nobel Prize.  A faculty member at University College London, a fellow of the Royal Society, and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, he was knighted for his accomplishments.  But he said this in a speech:

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they’re in the lab: You fall in love with them; they fall in love with you; and when you criticize them they cry.”

A lame attempt at humor.  Offensive to women.  Politically incorrect. So he got fired from all of his positions!  Even though he has a Nobel Prize!  (I wonder if they can take that away from him.)

Lesson:  No one is safe making those kinds of remarks.  You can’t joke about this kind of thing.  Your intentions won’t count.  Your career will be in jeopardy.  For all of our alleged lack of inhibitions, we do have social taboos and you will be punished if you break them.  Even if you have a Nobel Prize. [Read more...]

Exorcising America

A group of Roman Catholic clerics in Mexico recently conducted an exorcism designed to cast the demons out of the whole country.  Now there are calls for an exorcism to cast the demons out of America.

Do you consider this (1) a good idea (2) something that couldn’t hurt (3) papist superstition (4) questionable theology?

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Making online ‘trolling’ illegal?

New Zealand has passed a law that would punish “harmful digital communication”–harassing, bullying, or indecent internet postings–by up to two years in prison, plus a $50,000 (NZ) fine.  It’s being described as a law against trolling.  It passed parliament by a margin of 116 to 5. [Read more...]

Puerto Rico and the minimum wage

Liberals think that a good way to help the poor is to just raise the minimum wage.  Conservatives counter that this would have the perverse incentive of causing employers to hire fewer workers, thus increasing joblessness and poverty.  Who is right?

According to Charles Lane, Puerto Rico’s financial woes that we blogged about began when Washington lawmakers decreed that this U.S. territory with a less-developed economy adopt the American minimum wage. [Read more...]


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