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In Uncategorized on May 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

Modern love (is less than love)

Broadway actor finds despair after abortion

A look at greenhouse gasses, then and now (and the madness of crowds)

Sounds good, not real, doesn’t work

When a society condones cheating

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Rounded up today

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

No Wind Power Needed in the Pacific Northwest

The new US Postal service green stamps

Closing the Door on Education Innovation

More God, Less Crime

Americanism

Carter and the Cubans

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Humberto Fontova reports on Jimmy Carter’s recent trip to Cuba, and gives some background.

Discussion: The Gulag Archipelago, by Solzhenitsyn

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I’ve just finished reading The Gulag Archipelago, by Solzenitsyn. Somehow it seems a warning to our own time, as well as a record of past inhumanity in the name of so-called progress.

Because of the content of the book, I’m inviting discussion over here instead of over at Suitable For Mixed Company. I’d especially like to hear from those of you who made it through all three volumes.

Chaput on Christianity

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Charles J. Chaput offers some straight talk on New Life in Christ: What it Looks Like, What it Demands (First Things, May 11, 2009).

Notwithstanding that Chaput is devotedly Catholic, and William Wilberforce adamantly wasn’t, this article reminds me of Wilberforce’s writings on real Christianity.

Life in Germany

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

An American living in Germany notes some everyday German idiosyncracies. (Via 7 Quick Takes Friday at Conversion Diary)

French Catholic youth say “Leave my pope alone”

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

This is from March, but it seems that some Catholics in Europe are tired of attacks on churches and the Pope, etc., and are staging counterprotests. (And for their troubles they are being labeled “far right” by the press.)

Land of the brave, but not of the free?

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm

From wjactv.com:

Feds To Seize Private Land For 9/11 Memorial

Posted: 1:04 pm EDT May 7, 2009Updated: 1:12 pm EDT May 7, 2009

National Park Service officials said they will begin taking land for the Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County from property owners because negotiations have been unsuccessful.

The service said it will condemn about 500 acres still needed for the memorial to be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks…

European Court of Human Rights comes down…

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

… on the side of religious freedom in Bulgaria. (Should I have warned you to sit down before reading that?)

The ADF press release linked above reads:

STRASBOURG, France — A dissenting synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church that had its legal personality stripped and its property seized by the socialist government of Bulgaria has won a decisive victory at the European Court of Human Rights. Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney Latcho Popov argued that the Bulgarian government violated the European Convention of Human Rights in its treatment of the synod.

“The church should remain free of government coercion and control,” said ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska, who performed most of the work on the case while serving at the European Centre for Law and Justice before recently joining ADF. “The Bulgarian government vastly overstepped its bounds in stripping the synod of its legal identity, seizing its property, and handing it over to a synod of which the government approves. We are pleased with the ruling of the ECHR, which respects the alternative synod’s freedom and independence.”|

“This victory is crucial for the American church as well,” explained ADF Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull. “Bad precedents set in other parts of the world too often find their way here. A positive decision this significant underscores the vital importance of the church operating independently of state coercion and control. When the church is not free and independent, uncompromised teaching is replaced by whatever ‘politically correct’ messages the government wants.”

Kiska explained that many governments throughout history have used the church to gain power by suppressing the free exercise of denominations that compete with a state-sanctioned church that provides very little, if any, criticism of the government.

More than 80 percent of Bulgarians identify themselves as Bulgarian Orthodox. Fifteen years ago, about 40 percent dissented from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its leader Patriarch Maxim, arguing that he was not validly elected under BOC canon law and that he was aligned too closely with the communist regime. They elected there [sic] own leadership and built a number of their own churches.

Five years ago, the new socialist-dominated government passed a law on religions that effectively stripped the dissenting synod of their legal personality and access to the legal system. The Bulgarian chief prosecutor issued a warrant demanding that all the synod’s properties be confiscated. In one evening, more than 100 churches were confiscated. They were kept under police control and eventually given to the state-approved Synod of Maxim.

Popov, director of the Rule of Law Institute, then filed an application to the ECHR on behalf of the dissenting synod, and the court ruled strongly in favor of the church’s religious freedom. Settlement negotiations in light of the court’s ruling are currently in progress.

Ex-liberal pacifist gets a gun

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Barbara Curtis has an encore presentation of an article she wrote back in 2000, when threats against gun ownership prompted her to get a gun.