It Isn’t Easy Being Jody

Russell E. Saltzman, a very brave man, offers a defense of Joseph Bottum in today’s On the Square : In a way, Bottum doesn’t go far enough for me. I think we should give up more than a sliver. The vestiges of Christendom and America’s Protestant establishment are languishing, and . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 8.29.13

The New Jim Crow Alfredo Garcia, Religion & Politics Though He Doth Tarry William Deresiewicz, American Scholar Wedding Bell Blues Richard Davenport-Hines, New Statesman What I Meant to Say Foggy Bottum, Crisis Address to March on Washington Martin Luther King, Jr . . . . . Continue Reading »

Tadros, “Motherland Lost”

In his important new book,  Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity , the Hudson Institute’s Samuel Tadros explores the crisis facing the Coptic Orthodox Church today. The Copts are the indigenous Christians of Egypt and one of the oldest Christian communions, . . . . Continue Reading »

On Syria

I think Ramesh Ponnuru has it right.   Maybe the Obama administration has a plan to use military force in a decisive way, but they haven’t made the case for a large and sustained military operation if it comes to that. A military attack that is not decisive opens the possibility that the . . . . Continue Reading »

Skeptical on Syria

Something must be done. Or so we’re hearing from many quarters, including now the White House. Count me skeptical. The first thing to say concerns the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. This is being treated as a bright-line violation of global norms that in itself requires . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: When Search Engines Get Political

Collin : Early in his administration we were treated to depictions of Obama as FDR. Obama as Lincoln is an association the president himself works assiduously to cultivate, as Rich Lowry has noted. Using MLK in the same fashion is flattering to the president’s image, but the result is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Educating for Community

I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach my class on ancient and medieval political philosophy this semester. Right now, we’re reading and discussing Aristophanes’ Clouds , which (for those who haven’t read it) is a comedic presentation of a “pre-Socratic” . . . . Continue Reading »

WYA’s Emerging Leaders Conference

The World Youth Alliance is hosting their annual Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) this October 25-27, 2013. Entitled “Wo(men) and Health: Dismantling a Culture of Commodification,” the ELC: seeks to challenge young leaders to critically examine the social, cultural, and political . . . . Continue Reading »