Monthly Archives: October 2013

‘Religious Freedom’ (Again)

The fact that the current clutch of campaigners for ‘religious freedom’ (brought together by their opposition to Obamacare’s contraception mandate) has adopted Thomas More, a less than admirable proto-Dzerzhinsky, as a symbol of freedom of conscience, a principle for which … Continue reading

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No Idle Hands Here

The Devil has been busy again, but Rick Santorum is on the case. Right Wing Watch (I know, I know) reports: Rick Santorum is asking you to do your part to free movie theatres from the Devil’s clutches by purchasing … Continue reading

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Open That Needle’s Eye!

One of the things that I have always appreciated about Christianity is its seemingly infinite capacity for syncretism. In its own nutty, hopelessly kitsch way, this is rather splendid: And it beats Pope Francis’s rehashed Peronism any day. H/t: The … Continue reading

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Left-Right synergy that could have been

This is not the time to be talking about Left-Right alliances. I know. But this piece by Kevin Drum got my attention. He’s responding to the fact that asthma inhalers are very expensive because of the way pharmaceutical companies have … Continue reading

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Maria Popova has written an interesting piece on Isaac Asimov’s attitude towards religion. Here’s the great man himself: I have never, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual … Continue reading

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That’s all Folks

Include me in the ranks of those who are skeptical about what the US is trying to do in Syria. This particular analysis, however, forms no part of my thinking: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) over the weekend accused President Obama … Continue reading

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For the Children (Not)

Muscular dystrophy is an inalienable human right (or something). The Daily Telegraph reports: A group of 34 European politicians, including eight British MPs and peers, has signed a declaration attacking plans which will make the UK the first country in … Continue reading

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Teed Off

Cross-posted on Ricochet. The Tab reports: [The London School of Economics] has sparked a free speech row after banning atheist students from wearing t-shirts which depicted Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed. Two members of the uni’s atheist society were threatened … Continue reading

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‘Religious Freedom’ (Again)

The Daily Mail: Two teenage Muslim pupils have been put into ‘isolation’ and banned from lessons after refusing to shave off their beards for religious reasons. Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School, in Accrington, Lancashire, has said the two 14-year-olds … Continue reading

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The Pope and His Politics

Cross-posted on the Corner: Kathryn, I was interested to read this passage from that new interview with the Pope: Personally I think so-called unrestrained liberalism only makes the strong stronger and the weak weaker and excludes the most excluded. We … Continue reading

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