Monthly Archives: July 2013

Trampled in Trebizond

Cross-posted on the Corner: The Economist reports: On July 5 the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but at an ancient Byzantine church. … Continue reading

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Innocent Guilty

Yes, yes, there’s a back-story, and, yes, yes, a later version of the document did get the papal nod, but this snippet of history is too entertaining not to repeat. The Financial Times reports: It was, as these things go, … Continue reading

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Claim: unbelief “opens the way to progressive social and political ideas”

But now it seems those dreadful secular right types are spoiling everything [Richard Congress, who it appears has also discovered that religious enthusiasm often fuels social movements agreeable to the left]

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Happy Independence Day

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia (1782): “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

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Belly Dancing and Magic Spells reports: PAHOKEE—Pahokee residents, church members, and pastors are outraged over an upcoming event at the Lake Okeechobee Resort and Marina. The marina will be hosting its first Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival – a program that organizers hope will … Continue reading

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