Some Persecuted Minorities Are Funny

From First Thoughts

Take a look at this clip from a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In the clip, Colbert mocks Republican presidential candidates who argue for admitting Syrian Christians as religious refugees. At least I think that’s what he’s doing. Unfortunately, in attacking the GOP, . . . . Continue Reading »

Yoga at the University

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Earlier this month, controversy broke out when a Canadian university canceled a beginners’ yoga class it had offered for years. The reason for the class cancellation at the University of Ottawa is a bit murky, but a student government representative evidently told the instructor that the class . . . . Continue Reading »

Slighting Syria's Christians

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Take a look at the photo below, which appeared recently on Instagram. It’s the photo of a page from the New Testament — Acts 25, which recounts St. Paul’s trial before Festus. The page, seared into a bookshelf, is all that remains of the Bible that once contained it. ISIS recently burned . . . . Continue Reading »

Conference on Dignitatis Humanae

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For those who are interested, the Notre Dame Law Review is hosting a symposium later this week on the 50th anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II's declaration on religious liberty:The Symposium will begin with an address from Bishop Daniel E. Flores on Thursday, November 5. Bishop Flores . . . . Continue Reading »

Producers vs. Scribes?

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At the Liberty Law site, my friend John McGinnis has a very interesting post on what he calls America’s “scribal class.” These are people—professors, journalists, opinion writers, lawyers, even entertainment industry types—who set America’s cultural and political agendas. John writes . . . . Continue Reading »