Smart people saying smart things

Wells Tower: “Desperately Seeking Mitt” On some level, he must know that the world’s more complex than this, and that these past three decades have been very good to people like him and Harold but not so good for everybody else. It’s a big, ugly truth to have to willfully ignore. Not that it’s his [Read More...]

Keep the light of freedom burning

It's never about bigotry. It's always about freedom. And chicken.

“The Sikh Coalition, in collaboration with local Sikh leaders and partner Sikh organizations, will hold interfaith vigils across the country on the evening of Wednesday, August 8, in an effort to coordinate a multi-faith nationwide remembrance for the victims and their families of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara massacre.” “Sikhs are just wonderful people, and [Read More...]

Dear Wheaton College Biology department faculty: Please correct Ryken’s mistake and/or lie regarding Plan B

TO: Dr. Jennifer Busch, Dr. Raymond Lewis, Dr. L. Kristen Page, Dr. Pattle Pak-Toe Pun, Dr. Nadine Folino Rorem, Dr. Rodney Scott, Dr. Gregory Vanden Heuvel RE: Your college president is misrepresenting Plan B, either due to ignorance or intentionally for political reasons. This is the sort of thing that ought to be mortifying for [Read More...]

Whispering in church

“I then considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” “For men’s religion to God is between God and themselves. The king shall not answer for it. Neither may the King judge between God and men. Let them be [Read More...]

Flaccid ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ fizzles for fathers

The “Fortnight for Freedom” was a flop. This was supposed to be a game-changer — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ big display of political might. But instead it exposed the bishops as inept campaigners and as generals without an army. I thought they’d be better at this sort of thing. They had some formidable [Read More...]

Turnabout is fair play (and vice versa)

Justice must be reciprocal. Otherwise it’s not justice. Turnabout is fair play and fair play is turnabout. Justice isn’t justice if it’s not the same when the shoe is on the other foot. Louisiana lawmakers do not understand this: We told you last week about Louisiana’s new plan for educating its youth, which is to [Read More...]

Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigade

Jim Garlow is a silly, silly man. We’ve written here before about the Münchhausen martyrs — privileged people who prefer the self-congratulatory fantasy of persecution. And, as Kyle Mantyla reports, Garlow is an extravagantly ridiculous example of this. Speaking at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall” conference (the name of which is, itself, [Read More...]

‘Rights for me, but not for thee’

“Rights for me, but not for thee” creates all sorts of problems. For example, if the rights are not for thee, then they aren’t actually rights, and so I can’t be confident in the rights for me either. “Rights for me, but not for thee” means that even my rights aren’t rights, merely privileges — [Read More...]