Archives for April, 2009

Passover thoughts

On Passover, we celebrate freedom. “Once we were slaves in Egypt,” we tell children at the table, “but now we are free.” As Rabbi Michael Lerner points out, “Egypt, mitzrayim in Hebrew, comes from the word tzar: the ‘narrow place,’ the constricted place.” Ours is a freedom not just from the strictures of forced labor,…

Discovery Institute honcho Bruce Chapman is upset. In answering a question from a reporter identifying herself as “from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television,” Obama quipped: It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There?s a lot of ? I don?t know…

An Oklahoma version

John B, of Blog Meridian, notes that an Oklahoma legislator is pushing a bill requiring a Ten Commandments be placed in the state Capitol. Given that Jews, Catholics, and Protestants all define the commandments differently, an enterprising journalist enquired which version he would be endorsing. “Probably an Oklahoma version,” said Sen. Randy Brogdon. John comments:…

Six deaths on a Sunday

The Sunday before I went to Texas, the girlfriend and I spent a pleasant day in Sonoma Valley, tasting wines and enjoying the spring weather. Then we headed back for a going away party for some friends who are bound for rainier climes. On our way back from Sonoma, we passed the scene of an…

Back from Montreal

I’ll try to post a synopsis of the Islam and Evolution Symposium I participated in at McGill one of these days, but until then you can get a taste of it by viewing the presentations online. Especially interesting for those of you obsessed with all things Josh, my presentation. In short, a great time was…