Tag Archives: Ground Zero Mosque

Taking Religion Seriously

It may be different next year – there is always a new issue – but on the September 11 anniversary this year the issue was the proposed Islamic community center, with its basketball courts and culinary school and interfaith prayer … Continue reading

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Feeding the Mosque Monster

All husbands know how it goes – to cover up a mistake or to get what you really want you come up with the likely story – the boss called everyone in for a late meeting or the car broke … Continue reading

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Running in Packs

As a rule – or as a bit of symbolism if you’re going to make a movie about such things – conservatives like dogs and liberals like cats. Use it as a bit of visual shorthand – your conservative character … 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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Pulling the Plug on the Brain Dead

Somehow all the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque begins to feel like all the controversy over Terri Schiavo. You might remember that business – the brain-dead woman with the husband who wanted to follow her wishes and remove the … 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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When It Should Be Simple

Political disputes in America seem to be about telling the other guy he’s worried about the wrong things. Everyone is worried about the economy that refuses to come back from the dead. Corporate profits are soaring again – even if … Continue reading

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