Thursday, August 31, 2006
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Sunday, August 20, 2006
Enough with the Jon Benét Ramsey Punditry
When this case broke back in 1996, I quickly tuned out. I figured that when the police and prosecutors had enough evidence, an indictment would follow and a trial. Until then it was speculation for the sake of speculation.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Conservatism - Rooted in Religion or Not?
One of my favourite blogs is found at corner.nationalreview.com. It is the best interchange of deep, funny, and sometimes strange thought for all things conservative. One of the best discussions of late is whether or not conservatism has to be rooted in religion.
National Review Online’s The Corner (corner.nationalreview.com) has featured this week an interesting discussion (brought up by Heather MacDonald) on whether or not conservative thought and the movement it spawns is damaging itself by being too religiously oriented. Now it must be admitted, that in America atheism and agnosticism as official categories represent only a small portion of American (less than 20%). That is however, a poor measure of how people form their political ideology and make their life decisions. Probably less than 30% of Americans use religion as the primary centre-point of their political ideology, which means that indeed if one must first become religious to a conservative that conservatism is placing a natural ceiling on its growth and its influence. The real question is, does conservatism have at its core a religious centre?
Friday, August 11, 2006
A Brit who Gets America
I have often been hard on the British for their failure to really understand our nation. Well, lets applaud someone who does.
n Terrorism, Lamont, the New Yorker and Life
Sometimes I don’t post for a while because nothing has light my fire. Then there are times like now. Sorry, this is another long post.
The event at Heathrow yesterday hit very close to home. I have been through Heathrow several times (though the best point of entry to the U.K. is Manchester International Airport). The sight of those travelers disembarking once they got to the U.S. with all of their on board parcels reduced to a single plastic baggie was saddening. I have made that flight more times than I care to remember, and each time I sleep a little, read a little, listen to a book on my IPOD, work on my laptop, and brush my teeth (usually twice). Somehow I think little of that happened on yesterday’s flights (the few that took off).
Friday, August 04, 2006
On Mel, Hagee, and The Left Behind Video Game
I know I am a little late to the “bash Mel” party, but several friends have asked me my thoughts. Sorry this is a long one, and yes, it is important to talk about Left Behind the Video Game
First off, it is always best to admit your biases up front. My wife Tanya and I decided after seeing Mel’s movie Ransom that we would not go to watch another Mel Gibson project ever. The man is just too fascinated by blood (if you have any doubts, watch the end of that movie). Thus, we are two of only 17 evangelical Christians over the age of 17 at the time that did not see the movie (to our knowledge, the other 15 are serving in countries that do not have movie theaters). I heard it all back then: “He’s a good family man. He’s a good Catholic. Yada Yada Yada.” All that may be true, but he is also, based on his recent comments to the California policeman and now to the Jewish community, someone who suffers from anti-Semitism. So, for us, the question of whether Mel should ever work in Hollywood again is mute…we won’t be seeing it anyways.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Should Christians Run for Elected Office and Supporting Jeff Crank
Yes, the title of this post is intentionally inflammatory. But, so is politics.
Okay, clearly I am a Christian and very politically involved. So why would I even ask that question? Because, as Hugh Hewitt pointed out (http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/g/69935afe-2403-4283-88aa-346e069a047c)
“Politics aint beanbag”