Monthly Archives: July 2012

Abdus Salam

Cross-posted on the Corner: Writing in the Spectator, Shiraz Maher suggests (correctly, surely) that most people are unlikely to have heard about Pakistan’s contribution to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and explains why that is just fine with Pakistan: … Continue reading

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Treating Woo-Woo

Jules Evans over-worries: I had evangelists either side of me at dinner. The woman on my right was beautiful, charming and, technically speaking, psychotic. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Her eyes grew wide as she told me … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse the Children!

Commenter Kevin S. kindly responded to my earlier posting on Bobby Jindal’s voucher program with a link to this Reuters story. It’s worth paying some attention. An extract: Louisiana’s plan is by far the broadest. This month, eligible families, including … Continue reading

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The Placenta of the Earth has been Ruptured!

From the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University by Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and (to quote the God’s Politics blog) “social justice stalwart”: The ozone layer, the placenta of the earth, has been ruptured. The polar ice cap … Continue reading

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Former exorcist and current Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has (to quote the Friendly Atheist) “pushed for a voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools.” The Friendly Atheist is not so keen on … Continue reading

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In the Beginning

Much as I am not a fan of the public nuisance better known as Karen Armstrong, the opening two paragraphs of a review she has written for the FT today caught my eye: Over the course of his long, distinguished … Continue reading

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For Thee But Not For Me (Ctd)

Cardinal Séan O’Malley , one of the leading figures in the US Roman Catholic hierarchy, blogs: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s “mandate” requiring adult Americans to purchase health care. The … Continue reading

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The Islamic Reformation

In the wake of 9/11 there was a lot of talk about an “Islamic Reformation.” Such discussion was a key pointer to elite and public ignorance about the exact nature of the Reformation. On the one hand, the Reformation did … Continue reading

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A Question of Identity

I’m no fan of conscription, to put it mildly, but, if a state is going to insist on it, it should do so fairly.That does not appear to be the case in Israel, where the ability of the ultra-orthodox to … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

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