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Sunday Sermon: Purim, God, and Free Will

One of the interesting things about Purim is that nowhere in the entire book is God mentioned. This is unusual for a religious text, to say the least. Over at South Jerusalem, Haim Watzman describes a sermon about Esther and free will. The whole post is worth a read, but I really liked this part:

Israel Has Won

One of the problems I have with the U.S.’s self-appointed Jewish leadership is that too many of them appear to believe that Israel will be annihilated at any moment. In today’s NY Times, Daniel Gavron puts that fear in context:

Why Former Nazis Shouldn’t Be Popes

Because what’s a little intolerance among ‘friends’:

Abortion and the First Amendment

I happy to see that others are coming around to the idea that the abortion debate is ultimately about the establishment of religion (italics mine):

I had read this NY Times review by Timothy Noah of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, but, until maha revisited it, I hadn’t realized that I missed the importance of one part of the review (italics mine):

Merry Hasmonean Liberation Day!

It’s the first night of Chanukah. What are you getting? One bit of disconcerting news.

Let Me Explain This Whole Kosher Thing…

Balducci’s grocery needs to upgrade their Jewish outreach program:

Experimentation, IQ, and “Jewgenics”

I’ve been reading about the AEI seminar about IQ in Ashkenazic (of European ancestry) Jews with some interest (ScienceBlogling Razib raises a really good point that I hadn’t thought of too). A few years ago, I was asked to review a paper that dealt with this issue.

Why I Don’t Talk About Religion Much

One of the common responses I get to posts about theopolitical conservatives is that I am advocating atheism or calling for the destruction of ‘religion.’* This is absurd, as I am one of the defenders of some religions (though not all of them obviously). This is often accompanied by complaints of ‘why don’t you criticize…

We likes Ann Coulter!!! Professional provocateur Ann Coulter in an interview on MSNBC advocated the conversion of the Jews (italics mine):