Monthly Archives: November 2012

Time to Fix the Flagship

Cross-posted on the Corner: If there’s a policy that deserves to be a winner for the GOP (as well as being a thoroughly good thing in its own right), it is school choice and Bobby Jindal has done well to … Continue reading

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Are the Republicans the socially conservative party?

Charles Murray ruminates on why Asian Americans are not Republicans. Many of his observations are broadly consonant with my supposition that Asian American disidentification with the Republican party has to do with cultural markers (i.e., Asian Americans have become less … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Pakistan

Cross-Posted on the Corner: There are blasphemy laws in India too, and in this instance a case there comes with a possibly somewhat unexpected twist. The Guardian reports: When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a … Continue reading

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Atheism & Islam

Barack Obama: “But even as this land of my youth has changed in so many ways, those things that I learned to love about Indonesia — that spirit of tolerance that is written into your constitution, symbolized in your mosques … Continue reading

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Cruz: “I don’t know a single Republican…who wants to take away anybody’s contraceptives”

Last week at the Federalist Society annual lawyers’ convention, Texas Senator-elect Ted Cruz made the following remarks (beginning at 23:05 on the video): The President, every Democrat, went throughout this campaign, saying, “Republicans want to take away contraceptives.” What utter … Continue reading

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Et Tu Obama?

Slate’s Daniel Engber sighs over Rubio’s geology problems, but then gives us this extract from a Q&A with then Senator Obama at the Compassion Forum ( know, I know) at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on April 13, 2008: Q: … Continue reading

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Dumb sentence of the day

I Believe and Am Thankful: “Believing what was believed to be literally true for a few thousand years is now nutty.” Yes, that’s how it goes in science. Aristotle’s ethics may be relevant for moderns, but his physics most certainly … Continue reading

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Bad Start

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview that he isn’t certain what the age of the earth is, and that parents should be able to teach their kids both scientific and religious attempts to answer … Continue reading

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Of Spiritual Paths and Other Matters

The New York Times takes a look at four arrivals in Washington with religious views that differ from the commonly (if inaccurately) understood norm: For the real underdog story in the elections this year, you have to look further out … Continue reading

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Darwin the Candidate

The election results didn’t give me much to smile about, but here’s one exception. The Athens Banner-Herald reports: Charles Darwin, the 19th-century naturalist who laid the foundations for evolutionary theory, received nearly 4,000 write-in votes in Athens-Clarke County in balloting … Continue reading

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