July 7, 2016

the church DOES encourage unity with Muslims, reconciliation with them, respect for them, and a shared project of peace. Read more

July 4, 2016

Why do we not join together in shocked horror to mourn those killed in these terror attacks, as we did after attacks in Western cities? Where are the flags of Turkey, Iraq, or Saudi Arabia? Are Muslims somehow less human to us, not our brothers and sisters – do they not bleed like us, laugh like us, mourn like us, love their children as we do? Read more

July 1, 2016

One of my favorite passages in The Lord of the Rings is when Aragorn asks Eowyn what she fears: “What do you fear, lady?” “A cage,” she said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.” I feel the same way. I am intensely claustrophobic, both physically and spiritually: being buried alive is my worst nightmare; being denied the freedom to think and choose… Read more

June 30, 2016

Subsidiarity is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Read more

June 24, 2016

Once the past has passed, one can not recreate it, without force. Or, alternatively, one can become a delusional madwoman sweeping about in a fifty year old debutante gown, waiting for a lover who will never come: either way, it means passing into the realm of the gothic, where violence always lurks Read more

June 20, 2016

One of the first uses of “pro-life” to denote opposition to abortion was in 1971, by a group of hippie peaceniks at the University of Minnesota, who saw opposition to abortion as a logical corollary to their opposition to the Vietnam War. Read more

June 17, 2016

I can handle a trip to Mordor if I get to come home and plant gardens, but not if I’m told I’ll never get to come home again. Read more

June 16, 2016

Celebrating Bloomsday means we leave the preset cycles of an institutionalized society and behave surprisingly; we reject violence and choose friendship; we reject ideology and make a dirty joke, or maybe just have a cheese sandwich. Read more

June 13, 2016

I like the feel of a gun in my hand. But here’s the deal: what I like isn’t the point. What I like might even be wrong. Read more

June 11, 2016

The archetypes of male dominance and of female erotic power are both infected with germs of rape tolerance, and this infection goes back to the founding texts and ideals of our civilization. Read more




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