Tag Archives: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

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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The End of Argument

The quality of your argument is important – but only to you. As you can tell from political discourse these days, if you just step back and watch, each side has decided that they have the devastating argument for their … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the Mad

When you live halfway between the Sunset Strip and the center of Hollywood you do notice packs of paparazzi now and then. They’re rather off-putting, festooned with expensive cameras with big lenses, elbowing each other for the good shot of … 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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