Abortion politics and the corrosive sin of pride

Franciscan brother Daniel Horan explains why he does not support the annual “March for Life” against legal abortion (via). Horan discusses three reasons for his stance against the march: … (a) the event’s moniker is incomplete at best and disingenuous at worst, (b) the mode of protest has proven ineffective, and, following the second point, [Read More…]

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Thaddeus Stevens lies a-mouldering in the grave

William D. Lindsey, who blogs at Bilgrimage, shares some sneak previews of his current project, a book collecting the diary, essays and letters of Wilson Bachelor. Who? Wilson Bachelor (1827-1903) was a pioneer doctor and Arkansas Republican leader. Bachelor wouldn’t be allowed to speak at Republican events today. As a proud member of the party [Read More…]

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More thread for those who would like to discuss Newt Gingrich

Mark Kleiman offers an optimistic angle on the recent South Carolina Republican primary: In a Southern Republican primary, adultery turned out to be less of a burden for a candidate than Cayman Islands bank accounts. That reflects a clearer moral sense than I would have credited Southern Republicans with. You may recall that Newt Gingrich [Read More…]

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‘Because it will change your life’

The Finance Guy asks a simple, but important, question: “Is Being an Ideologue a Contributor to Stupidity?” The simple, but important, answer is Yes. Being an ideologue is a contributor to stupidity — not to innate stupidity, but to chosen, voluntary, assumed stupidity. The good news: Because it is not innate, this assumed stupidity can [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the [Read More…]

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‘Nor ever done any one the slightest good’

I’ve just begun reading Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the first book purchased for the Kindle I got for Christmas. The Kindle tells me I’m just 7 percent along, but so far it’s delightful and engrossing. The opening chapters introduce us to the Learned Society of York Magicians. I’m not sure Clarke [Read More…]

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‘That sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank’

John C. Holbert writes of “A Prophet Gone Bad” and offers a fine summary of one of my favorite books of the Bible. And now we can see just who Jonah is: he is that sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank who hates anyone who is not just like him. I fear that he too often is us [Read More…]

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Avoiding the always-disastrous last resort of war

Juan Cole shares a guest post from Thomas J. Buonomo that I want to recommend as smart, wise and good. Buonomo suggests a promising alternative approach to the current situation between the United States and Iran. And, more broadly, Buonomo demonstrates the kind of creativity and wisdom that ought to inform our thinking in general [Read More…]

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