Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues that it's time for civil disobedience. Government has become so oppressive, constantly restricting us with new regulations, that our only hope is for some … Read more.
Pope Francis in Vatican City, May 10, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images) Actually, the Vatican Recognized Palestine in 2012—Not Today. But some media outlets, beginning with the AP, wrote otherwise. This morning, the Associated Press broke what appeared to be a big story: The Vatican had just officially recognized the state of Palestine. Read more.
Free speech and artistic and intellectual expression have been controversial Western traditions since the rise of the classical-Greek city-state. When our Founding Fathers introduced guarantees of such freedoms to our new nation, they were never intended to protect thinkers whom we all admire or traditionalists who produce beloved movies like The Sound of Music. The First Amendment to the Constitution … Read more.
Theology does not interest me. I never argue points of faith with anyone. Not with other Jews, nor with my many Christian friends. I am, however, deeply interested and concerned about behavior. And when a particular theology demands murderous behavior, well, then we all need to be concerned. At the moment the only religion in the world whose adherents are … Read more.
Two Islamist terrorists were dead and a police officer wounded in the aftermath of the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Despite what many would like you to think, it wasn’t the cartoons presented at this private gathering or the event itself that should concern Americans — it’s the blaming of the victim by many in the media, including … Read more.
Anti-Israel MP all sour grapes in speech conceding defeat in last week's elections, but says he's not finished with politics. Notorious anti-Israel former MP George Galloway has no intention of stepping away from politics, despite being soundly defeated in last week's British elections. Not long after conceding defeat, Galloway - who heads the far-left Respect Party - said he would be standing … Read more.
The ticket price for joining the mainstream debates on many topics these days seems to be ritual ad hominem attacks. Besides being unhelpful, this is evidence of profound societal illness. The phenomenon isn’t confined to the left. We see it more and more frequently from the right-that-ought-to-know-better – or, perhaps, the right-that-ought-to-have-more-backbone. I wrote about one major instance of it … Read more.
Educating Catholics Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham About Muhammad Vs. Jesus, and Islam’s Impact on Christianity
As discussed in two previous blogs (here; here), conservative taking heads such as Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham, who have excoriated journalist/activist Pamela Geller over the Garland, Texas jihadist attack, manifest profound, and at this stage unacceptable lacunae in their basic doctrinal and historical understanding of Islam—not “radical Islam.” Perhaps—hope against hope—willful, hardcore deniers of Islam as it is, such … Read more.
The idea that Islam needs to reform is again in the spotlight following the recent publication of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. While Ali makes the argument that Islam can reform—and is in desperate need of taking the extreme measures she suggests to do so—many of her critics offer a plethora of opposing … Read more.
Once again, as we commemorated the victims of the Holocaust, what was highlighted was the grinding poverty of elderly survivors unable to live out their few remaining years with a semblance of dignity. It is now almost five years since the exposure of the multimillion dollar fraud at the Claims Conference in which managers at the New York head office, … Read more.
Daniel Tragerman, 4, who was killed in his home at Kibbutz Nahal Oz by a mortar shell fired from Gaza on August 22, 2014 The mortar round that killed four-year-old Daniel Tragerman on the second to last day of the war in and around Gaza last summer was fired from a United Nations installation, Lt. Gen. (res) Benny Gantz, the commander … Read more.
PA calls for changing the venue of football match, calling it a “dangerous precedent.” The Palestinian Association’s assault on Israel continues after it pre-submitted a resolution to the FIFA Congress, which will be held in May, demanding the suspension of the Israel Football Association. PFA president Jibril Rajoub has long been calling for sanctions against Israel, claiming they are required … Read more.