NY Times Joins the Temple Truthers

My history column for the Register this week is on Temple Trutherism. It’s like 9/11 Trutherism, only with slightly more anti-semitism! Reporter Rick Gladstone shows us some of those high-quality skills you only get from journalism school by utterly ignoring the experts he interviewed and concocting a story about scholarly doubt as to whether the Temples were [Read More…]

Who Are Iraqi & Syrian Archaeologists Blaming for Looting?

Aw, go on–you know the answer. It’s an old answer that fits every situation, particularly in the Islamic world. That’s right: the Jews! Yes, they’re using their supersecret Jewish archaeology mind-control powers to … I dunno, force ISIS to destroy the heritage of the middle east. It’s complicated. The lack of proof is evidence that’s [Read More…]

ISIS Is Destroying Ancient Palmyra

This is the Lion of Al-Lat: It stood at the entrance the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, and dated to the First or Second Century. It was a product of the great Palmyran civilization, which had a brief but prosperous glory while the Roman Empire was beginning its decline. It was built in honor of [Read More…]

Blasphemy and Desecration: Keeping the Peace in a Pluralistic World

Some people seem to be misunderstanding this post. I can defend Geller’s right to say whatever she wants and still criticize the way she does it without being some kind of apologist for jihad. This is something the libertarian secularists don’t seem to get because they don’t understand religion. I don’t think Geller does either. [Read More…]

I Wasn’t Charlie, and I’m Not Pamela

You don’t get to choose the guy in the trench next to you. The nasty miscreants of Charlie Hebdo would not be my choice for allies, nor would the objectivist idiot Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs. Unfortunately, they seem to be the only people placing themselves in the line of fire in the cultural war [Read More…]