Back In the Day…

My mom was a seamstress for much of the 1980s and some of the 1990s.  I remember that she would work for a company, and then that company would close shop, and then she would find a job somewhere else and then that place would close down and so on.  Evan Soltas has an explanation . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

James R. Rodgers on interpretations of Matthew 25.31-46 : Matthew 25.31-46 exemplifies the divine inversion. Inverting worldly expectations, the king explains to those gathered before his throne that they served him as king by serving the least kingly people of all: the hungry, thirsty, naked, and . . . . Continue Reading »

The Subtle Hack

Ryan Lizza’s long New Yorker profile of Paul Ryan is a masterpiece of subtle liberal partisanship.  My favorite part is Lizza’s treatment of Ryan’s proposal for premium support Medicare.  When referring to the Ryan Roadmap, Lizza describes “Obama’s alleged . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Freedom Threatened Worldwide

The State Department yesterday released its annual International Religious Freedom Report for the year 2011. From Foreign Policy’ s overview : The report highlighted the deteriorating situation in China, whose government continued to increase restrictions on religious practice for Tibetan . . . . Continue Reading »

Back in Town

So here’s a brief report on my brief vacation. Thanks to those of you who wrote me concerned about my health or sanity or very existence, because I had virtually disappeared. In response to the many requests to say something about Berry College and Chick-fil-A, I have to respond that the . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 7.31.12

End-of-Life Care: A Debate Daniel Callahan and Peter Lawler,  Heritage What is Eternal Life? Msgr. Charles Pope,  Archdiocese of Washington Blog Islam and Islamism Samuel Helfont,  The Book Protest and Positivity Fr. Dwight Longenecker,  Integrated Catholic Life The Primacy of . . . . Continue Reading »


Fans of the hit TV show LOST speculated after the first couple of seasons that it was secretly a presentation of Purgatory.  The buzz over this thesis grew to such large proportions that the producers had to release a letter denying the rumors.  Now two years after the show is finished, . . . . Continue Reading »

Steubenville Sued

In what is, by now, a pretty familiar narrative : . . . in response to a threatened lawsuit by the  Freedom from Religion Foundation , the city of Steubenville, Ohio,  decided to revise  its official seal (left) to remove the silhouette of a local landmark, the chapel on the campus . . . . Continue Reading »