Category Archives: Odds & Ends

Thought for the Day

One begins to suspect that the true American tradition is less that of our Fourth of July orations and our constitutional law textbooks, with their cluck-clucking over the so-called preferred freedoms, than, quite simply, that of riding somebody out of … Continue reading

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On the Miscellany

Walter, that’s an interesting round-up. The Irish blasphemy law merits a separate post of its own (the issues are a touch more complicated than they seem), but for now I’ll just comment on two of the other stories you pass … Continue reading

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Miscellany, January 18

More bits and oddments expanded and adapted from Secular Right’s Twitter account: NYC’s Met Museum to rename Islamic Galleries, may yank art depicting Mohammed [NY Post] “Motoons republished throughout Europe” — why not here? [MWW] “My advice, as a Christian … Continue reading

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Miscellany, December 2

Yes, it’s true, I’ve been absent from the site for half a year (unless you count Secular Right’s Twitter account) and I’ll be scarce for yet a while longer because of the book manuscript I need to finish. But there’s … Continue reading

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Saying Boo To A Ghost

So far as Hallowe’en is concerned, the Pope, it seems, is all bah, humbug. The Daily Telegraph has the details: The Holy See has warned that parents should not allow their children to dress up as ghosts and ghouls on … Continue reading

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Book Stuff

Some book stuff: (1) Are there any WAD blogs? people are asking me.  Well,  I’m running one on my own website here, and there’s some to and fro about the book on one of the Amazon history forums here. (2) The Russian translation of Prime Obsession … Continue reading

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The Blue-Collar Gospel

Here, from America’s Newspaper of Record, is a story that touches my heart. Blue-collar work, whether it’s planting shrubs, pounding nails, tuning engines or laying bricks, can be just as rewarding as carrying a briefcase. In fact, it can be a whole … Continue reading

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[Note:  The editors at Taki’s Magazine have kindly given me permission to reproduce the column below. Several Taki readers were kind enough to go into Wikipedia and amend some of the more egregious errors in my Wiki page. Whether their … Continue reading

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Miscellany, December 15

Someone has called us the “world’s most boring blog“. I think not everyone must agree, because in the three and a half weeks since we launched we’ve had more than 100,000 page views and, remarkably, 2,300 reader comments. Confirming the … Continue reading

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“There aren’t any serious voices …clamoring for religion to be tied to government”

We are discussed by Erin Manning at Rod Dreher’s Crunchy @ BeliefNet. Manning starts out by talking about this site but her piece soon finds itself back in a well-worn groove, railing at the “new secular morality” with its supposed … Continue reading

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