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Will “History” Ever End?

Writing in TNR, Mark Lilla informs that intellectuals in China seem genuinely interested in the theories of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. I know more about Strauss than Schmitt. My admiration for the Straussians must be strange. I don’t agree with the Straussian neo-conservatism that wants war abroad and religious conservatism at home. Yet, I…

(I posted this elsewhere the other day, before yesterday’s historic vote to repeal DADT, but decided to post it again today after reading Lt. Dan Choi’s post on Huffington Post last night. We’ve scored a major victory for civil rights, but, as Lt. Choi wrote, “The mission is not finished; it has only just begun.”…

This one from South Dakota’s governor, Michael Rounds. He issued an executive proclamation declaring July 24-30 as a week to pray for rain. A press release accompanying the proclamation said, “We are a strong people and all can provide help in many ways, whether actually fighting the fires, providing assistance to the crews, or joining…

Religious Fraud Increasing

According to this AP article, the incidence of religion-related fraud is on the increase. Billions of dollars has been stolen in religion-related fraud in recent years, according to the North American Securities Administrators Association, a group of state officials who work to protect investors. Between 1984 and 1989, about $450 million was stolen in religion-related…

Yeah, That’s What Jesus Would Do

The New York Times has an article about the situation in Indian River, Delaware where a Jewish family has filed suit over a long list of instances of Christian intimidation of their children. Some of the examples are absolutely stunning. Mrs. Dobrich, who is Orthodox, said that when she was a girl, Christians here had…

Asserting the Untestable

Joseph Farah has a column at the Worldnutdaily about the drought in Lubbock and the resolution from the city council there to ask residents to pray for rain. It’s standard religious right rhetoric – the media is full of pagans who laugh at Christian faith, but they all have their own religions like worship of…

Is Van Till an Apostate?

There is an amusing thread going on over at Dembski’s blog concerning the religious views of Howard Van Till, who recently made available this speech that he gave to the West Michigan Freethought Association. Howard is a friend and a fellow board member of Michigan Citizens for Science; he is also an emeritus professor of…

Lubbock Prays for Rain

In the midst of a drought, the Lubbock, Texas city council and county commission are expected to adopt resolutions asking residents there to pray for rain. Here’s what amuses me about this: if they adopted a resolution asking Indian leaders to come to city hall to perform a rain dance, the good Christian folk would…

I came across this post at Howard Friedman’s religion law blog and it got me to thinking. The post is about Pakistan amending their state law to allow for women convicted of premarital sex to be “rehabilitated” rather than put to death, as their law previously demanded. I was repulsed by the notion that anyone…

God and Madness in Texas

A reader sent me a link to this blog post about two cases where mothers killed their children, both in Texas, and both convicted by juries. But one mother said that she did it because God told her to and therefore it wasn’t wrong; the other said she did it because Satan told her to,…