Tag Archives: Religious Tolerance

Meanwhile In Norway

Monday, July 25 – and again nothing happened, save for what ABC News headlined as the Debt Duel – Obama preempted primetime and said we needed to resolve the standoff on raising the debt limit now, and the way to … Continue reading

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One More 9/11

Some of us don’t do that passionate thing. Maybe it’s the Czech heritage – Jaroslav Hašek through Vaclav Havel through Milan Kundera – a pose of bemused irony hiding careful thinking and an iron will to change things gets more … Continue reading

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A Fine Madness

There’s that curious scene in Hamlet when Polonius, who seems to be some sort of advisor to the royal family – James Baker to the first George Bush or Karl Rove to the second – tells the queen that her … 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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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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