RJN: 11.17.05 Monday I was…

Monday I was down in Washington, having joined a working study group for an ambitious new project on “Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This is a joint endeavor of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Under the leadership of Luis . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 11.16.05 The New York…

The New York Times regularly serves up a target-rich supply of news and commentary and, as with shooting fish in a barrel, pointing out its gaffs is a sport of which one can quickly tire. Yet from time to time there is an item that makes irresistible the question, “What on earth do these . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.15.05 I’d like to say…

"I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover," announced Pat Robertson , speaking of the Pennsylvania town that has just kicked anti-evolutionists off its school board, "if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city." . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 11.14.05 The phone call..

The phone call came on Saturday saying that Fred had died. He was the oldest of the six Neuhaus boys and I the youngest. He died at home in Thousand Oaks, California. It was cancer and, after the usual treatments, the last month was devoted simply to making him as comfortable as possible. He is the . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 11.12.05 For the record…

For the record: Wal-Mart has apologized for what it describes as “the inappropriate and inflammatory comments” to which I called attention a couple of days ago. The comments had to do with a rather bizarre account of the history and meaning of Christmas. A threatened boycott by the . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 11.10.05 If once having…

If once having shaken hands is meeting, I have met Philip Rieff. But he has been much more than that in the shaping of my mind. The Triumph of the Therapeutic , published in 1966, is still a brilliant analysis of our cultural habits, it seems to me. Although, if I went back to read it now, I might . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.09.05 You gotta love…

You gotta love this kind of stuff , Representative Sherrod Brown writing to Senator Mike DeWine last Friday to denounce Samuel Alito’s record on labor¯and plagiarizing the complaint straight from an uncredited blogger. "We couldn’t decide who to respond to: the person who sent . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 11.08.05 It’s election day…

It’s election day also in New York City and it is unanimously expected that Michael Bloomberg will receive something like a coronation, which is probably just as well. Bloomberg is a billionaire and there is grumbling about his “buying” his reelection, but the complaint is more or . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 11.07.05 It happened again…

It happened again yesterday. I can’t imagine that any author is not pleased when people come up and say that one of his books “changed my life.” But it is only every great once in a while that the book mentioned is In Defense of People . Published in 1971, it was, I believe, the . . . . Continue Reading »