January 30, 2008

The Politically-Correct contortionist award goes to the British government for its Orwellian scheme of relabling Islamic terrorism “anti-Islamic activity.” Let’s let Canadian hate-speech defendant Mark Steyn tell about it: My favorite headline of the year so far comes from The Daily Mail in Britain: “Government Renames Islamic Terrorism As ‘Anti-Islamic Activity’ To Woo Muslims.” Her Majesty’s government is not alone in feeling it’s not always helpful to link Islam and the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and whatnot. Even… Read more

January 30, 2008

Barack Obama, in my opinion, has a credible profession of faith. (See the post on that interview with Christianity Today a few days ago.) This is confirmed by the Christian network on Capitol Hill. But the church he goes to is off the wall with its liberation theology. See this account of the congregation. Read more

January 29, 2008

Remember Reagan Democrats? Now we may be seeing the rise of Obama Republicans. (See also this.) These would be Republicans disenchanted with the current GOP candidates and attracted by Obama’s promises of racial reconciliation and national unity. What do you think? Are there any Obama Republicans reading this blog? If so, please make your case. Read more

January 29, 2008

Politico.com features drawings from M. Wuerker that depict the GOP candidates as cartoon characters: McCain is Popeye; Romney is Richie Rich; Huckabee is Huckleberry Hound; Giuliani is Bat Man; Ron Paul is a character whom I can’t identify (is it Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes? does anyone know?) in a flying saucer; and Thompson is Foghorn Leghorn: There isn’t a Democratic version. Could anyone propose cartoon alter egos for Clinton, Obama, and Edwards? Read more

January 29, 2008

According to movie critic John Podheretz, the academy-award nominee “Juno” is a profoundly culturally-conservative-in-the-best-sense movie, being against both abortion and, even more subversively to today’s pop culture, against the very concept of “cool.” Now I want to see it. Read more

January 28, 2008

The Washington Post has a feature called the Style Invitational, in which readers are encouraged to make humorous or snarky contributions to a weekly topic. This time readers were challenged to come up with tourism slogans for various countries. Some of the better ones: France: Visit, If You Must. (Sigh.) (Martin Bancroft, Rochester, N.Y.) China: Come Visit Your Money (Ira Allen, Bethesda) Denmark: Oh, So Nothing’s Rotten in YOUR Country? (Brendan Beary) England: We Couldn’t Beat the Patriots Either (Bruce… Read more

January 28, 2008

A 23-year-old Afghan journalist wrote an article jocularly wondering why, if men are allowed four wives under Islam, women aren’t allowed four husbands. For writing these words, he was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to death. Diana West points out that the journalist was convicted by a government and under a constitution that the United States put into place. Afghanistan’s constitution provides for Western-style freedoms, including the freedom of speech and of the press, but goes on to say… Read more

January 28, 2008

As we await the state of the union address–which I suspect hardly anyone will watch–I’m struck by how EVERYONE, including conservatives, and including people who used to defend him, are piling on President Bush. Peggy Noonan, for instance, is saying that it wouldn’t be Huckabee or McCain whose nomination would destroy the Republican party, as Rush Limbaugh says; rather, President Bush has ALREADY destroyed it. Meanwhile, a liberal group is raising money to make sure that his approval ratings do… Read more

January 28, 2008

In church yesterday the sermon was about the Kingdom of God as opposed to the Kingdom of Satan; that is, the reign of sin. Christ’s Kingdom breaks in as a subversive power, undermining that kingdom’s rule over our lives. We speak of God’s two kingdoms, but this one of Satan’s gets less attention, but it too is real and a factor in how we live in the other two. I suppose Satan too has an earthly and a spiritual kingdom,… Read more

January 25, 2008

In an interview with Christianity Today, Barack Obama answered this question: “You’ve talked about your experience walking down the aisle at Trinity United Church of Christ, and kneeling beneath the cross, having your sins redeemed, and submitting to God’s will. Would you describe that as a conversion? Do you consider yourself born again?” I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives… Read more

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