Category Archives: Religious Intolerance

A Matter of Emphasis

The last column before this site goes dark for Christmas – the lights are elsewhere – should probably be about God and all that. No one wants to be accused of participating in the War on Christmas that Fox News … Continue reading

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Life as a Pawn

Sometimes you go through life wide-eyed, not realizing that there are wheels within wheels – there’s always something strange going on in the background. But you don’t know it, or you don’t think about it much. And in fact, there … Continue reading

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The Problem with Genteel Islamophobia and Moral Preening

Yes, book burning is generally consider bad form – and the Wikipedia item covers the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China’s Qin Dynasty, … Continue reading

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Puzzling, Only Vaguely Interesting, and Deadly

Of course parents teach their children values, by example. It’s that look of distaste mom gets on her face. It’s your job to figure out where that comes from. That’s part of growing up – reading others and reacting appropriately. … Continue reading

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Reading Homer in Manhattan

So, let’s stroll through the classics. The wiliest of men, the heroic if somewhat sneaky great warrior Odysseus, who has every symbolic great adventure that a man can have, is on his way home from that war in Troy over … Continue reading

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Thinking by Feeling

Winston Churchill is said to have once said that the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. But that’s the trouble with famous quotes. Maybe Churchill never said that at all – there’s no audio … Continue reading

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Intolerant of Intolerance

Mark Twain may have once quipped that Wagner’s music is much better than it sounds. And maybe that’s so. The visuals can be distracting – very large women with the metal breastplates and the iron bullet hats with the horns. … Continue reading

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