A Plea to Love my Alma Mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville

On May 12, 2012, Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), conferred an honorary degree to General Michael Hayden with these words: General Hayden has devoted his life to keeping America safe, strong and free. In that work he has drawn time and again on his Catholic faith working to integrate a Catholic understanding of liberty, justice, and human dignity into the day to day operations of America’s military and intelligence operations. Because he has spend … [Read more...]

Philosophers of Education in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa

Today the Committee on Race and Ethnicity of the Philosophy of Education Society released the following bilingual joint statement with the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society on the 43 missing student-teachers from a rural normal school (the equivalent of a teachers college) in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico:PDF VERSION: CORE LAPES AYOTZINAPA STATEMENT For more information on the ongoing situation, VICE News has a very informative video: … [Read more...]

You, Sir, Are No Buckley: A Reply to Stephen Herreid

Stephen Herreid has written a reply to two critics of his post, "How to Fend Off Freeloaders," a personal and petty attack on Artur Rosman. The two critics he mentions are J. Arthur Bloom (based on private correspondence) and myself (based on my reply). For some reason Herreid did not reply to Rosman, who wrote a graceful reply of his own. Since then Bloom has posted a reply and Justin Tse has posted as well, at Rosman's blog, Cosmos the in Lost. Herreid did me the favour of writing a follow-up s … [Read more...]

Hatred of the Poor: Sad, Self-Loathing Poison from the Right-Wing Catholic Ghetto – UPDATED

Moving to Canada has afforded me a convenient, but slight, distance from the septic squalor of US political commentary. I trace the headlines with my eyes, but little more than that.I mention this to reenter the fray, and address a recent post at the Candid World Report, by Stephen J. Herreid, entitled "How to Fend Off Freeloaders: What Keeps Left and Right so Far Apart?" The post claims to be about the perils of political partisanship, but what it really amounts to is a personal attack of Ar … [Read more...]

Vaccines and Ideological Delusions

Every few weeks my Facebook feed revisits another report from a nutty niche website of a study that definitively proves the debilitating evils of infant, child, and pregnant mother vaccinations. The studies cited are usually recycled from the previous unpersuasive iteration, and Simcha Fisher is usually a reliable antidote to them. The issue usually then boils down to journalistic self-reporting by parents who reject vaccinations, which too often is given a polite pass.*I'm very sad to report t … [Read more...]

Black United Students at Kent State University Stage a “Die In”

Today at 1 pm EST, Black United Students organized and staged a "die in" at Kent State University in response to continuing violence against African Americans and other -- often young and male -- people of colour. Photos and video taken by Walter Gershon.  #‎kentstatediein   … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to Muslims, Jews, and Christians: “We have the same Father in heaven.”

After my post yesterday, the Patheos Muslim channel responded magnanimously in two posts: "Summer of Our Discontent," by Rabia Chaudry, and "I am Proud to be of Christian and Muslim Heritage," by Precious Rasheeda Muhhamad. I thank them for their attention and concern. Deacon Greg Kandra has added (and updated) a post of his own, with more links and information about the widespread ISIS condemnations from Muslims around the world.I would like add a slightly dated source: Pope Francis' ad … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why Muslims Are Not Silent About ISIS

Before Christians (or anyone else) try to make the serious claim that Muslims are not against the barbaric atrocities of ISIS, I would ask them to Google "Muslims denounce ISIS" --- or learn Arabic and do more thorough research.I did the former. In what follows are some of the results I found on the first page.*First, a statement from a group of Imams of the UK:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bd0Y6qWmlA&feature=youtu.beSecond, Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim p … [Read more...]

A Paradox of Empire: Thoughts on Iraq 2014

On Thursday, President Obama authorized a limited re-entry into Iraq, making him the fourth consecutive US president to carry-out military action against Iraq, from the First Gulf War of Bush I, Clinton's bombing of Bagdad in 1998, Bush II's pre-emptive war of 2003, and now Obama's selective bombing of ISIS. This happens along with increased military conflict between Israel and Palestine and Russia's re-emergent threats, most of all against the Ukraine.Each side of the US establishment has the … [Read more...]

I Saw a Picture of a Beheaded Girl Today

I hold my daughter firmly, hands hooked under arms, fingers pressing tight but not too tight; I hold her out, away from my body, and she smiles at me, with her six little teeth. She must feel weightless, her legs kick and wiggle. I've never been in love like this before. She wears cute dresses, with chubby arms and legs that stick out like a plastic doll. Her hair curls and falls in her face, so I blow it away and she giggles. She is the most beautiful thing in my life. She will turn one this mo … [Read more...]


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