Muslims are now the world’s biggest religious denomination. Update: Good point from Mark Krikorian at the Corner: Since when did Islam become a “denomination”? For want of a better word, that’s how you could describe the Sunni and Shia, and the Sunni and Catholics appear to be about equal in number. There are still a … Read more
Interesting commentary in the Asia Times on the conflict between Islam and Christianity, with more from Magdi Allam, the former Muslim who recently made a very public conversion to Catholicism. The souls of Muslims are in agony. The blandishments of the decadent West offer them nothing but shame and deracination. Magdi Allam agrees with his … Read more
The U.S. “accidentally” sent some missile fuses to Taiwan: The equipment was electrical fuses for intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the revelation has triggered an investigation of the security of U.S. weapons and raised concerns over U.S.-China relations. That’s right, China. It was totally an accident, and if other missile parts, like warheads for example, happen … Read more
Apologist Ravi Zacharias does exactly that.
Could Christopher Hitchens be any happier with the Jeremiah Wright affair? With that as his springboard, our favorite atheist gets to devote a whole column to describing how repellent and divisive all religion is, with Wright just being the latest, most prominent example. A blind squirrel will find an acorn every once in a while, … Read more
The blog at Touchstone Magazine reports on a publisher of Sunday school teaching materials who has scrubbed the Easter story of any mention of the crucifixion and resurrection, because it might be too scary for kids. A letter from the publisher explains their reasoning: “In order to be sensitive to the physical, intellectual, and emotional … Read more
No, not really, but what really happened was much more significant. Pope Benedict XVI baptized a prominent Italian former Muslim in a very public and prominent way: Italy’s most prominent Muslim commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for Israel, converted to Roman Catholicism Saturday when the pope baptized him at an Easter … Read more
Yes, there is a web site called Stuff White People Like. And I gotta give them credit, some of it is pretty perceptive: #80 The Idea of Soccer Many white people will tell you that they are very into soccer. But be careful, it’s a trap. If you then attempt to engage them about your … Read more
Courtesy of Jonah Goldberg, enjoy this heart-rending performance of Danny Boy by Beaker, Animal, and the Swedish Chef.
Playwright David Mamet takes the bold step of revealing the thought process that led him away from his old school liberalism, and in the Village Voice no less: And, I wondered, how could I have spent decades thinking that I thought everything was always wrong at the same time that I thought I thought that … Read more
Ace of Spades calls this a campaign ad for John McCain… made by Barack Obama. And he’s dead right.
It’s weird the arbitrary standards people will set for themselves in their pursuit of righteousness. You probably know that the Amish eschew electricity in their homes for religious reasons. But did you know that they think it’s ok if they have electricity in their barns? (At least, that’s the case among the Kentucky Amish that … Read more
Bob Geldof recounts his trip to Africa with President Bush in Time magazine. Geldof makes himself sound a little bit too polished for me to really trust him as a narrator, but there are some interesting bits: He’s showing me around because I’ve asked if I can get Air Force One stuff to bring home … Read more
Now this is what I call political activism: The Picador Project: The Picador Project was started in order to combat what many of us see as a root problem underlying the pernicious rise of the nanny-state mentality in our society. Namely, that too many people believe they are entitled to gifts from the government, coupled … Read more
Barack Obama reveals that the Bible can be a “living document” just like the Constitution. Next up, he’ll take a look at the rules of golf and the Denny’s breakfast menu. From CNSNews.com: “I don’t think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they … Read more
The Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir sing “Sweet Home Alabama.” Warning: once you see it, you can’t unsee it. People ask, “How will we know when we’ve won the war against fanatical Islam?” We’ll know when we see Iranian rock bands playing “Cat Scratch Fever” on the MTV awards.
Thanks to Power Line for clearing up this weird Karl Rove/Don Siegelman/60 Minutes controversy we’ve been hearing so much about here in Alabama. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, you’re basically in the same boat with me. But here’s Power Line’s gist of the thing: We’ve written a couple of times about … Read more
If we can’t say “Hussein,” Don Surber suggests a new middle name for Barack Obama: “Saddam.” That should settle things.
I, though cosmically terrible at predictions, have previously made indulged in making them about the two people most likely involved in the presidential race this year: 1) John McCain will never, ever, ever be president of the United States. 2) Barak Obama will get demolished in the presidential election. If these guys run against each … Read more