The Elusive Search for Equality

The recent Supreme Court decision of Meredith v. Jefferson County Public Schools looks to reverse a long history of decisions about the role of race in allocating public school students to achieve equality of education.  The fact that there are people on both sides of the racial divide who agree with this decision is  important …

A Tale of Two Iraqs

While doing research on other matters, I stumbled upon the following map, which dates just before World War I: On the left, where one would expect it, is "Irak [sic] Arabi," between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.  But, if you look to the left, south of Teheran, you will see "Irak Ajemi" right in the …

Who Shall Spread the Good News: Lamb of God

We end the portion of the album taken from the Mass with the Lamb of God. When in college, I made the girls giggle by showing that the folk version we used could be sung as easily in Latin as it could English.  It's somewhat trickier with this rendition.  So be forewarned. Click here for …

What They Really Don’t Like is the Chastity. Don’t Like the Free Speech Either.

The sad case of British teenager Lydia Playfoot's fight to wear a chastity ring at her school is just one more sign that secularists are taking aim primarily at Christianity.  In this case, they are going for the issue that is most important to them: chastity vs. unrestricted sexual activity. Start by stating the obvious: …

When Blind Legalism Pays Off

John Ashcroft's resistance to the wiretapping program put forth by the White House is a classically Pentecostal way of approaching a problem: strictly by the book, no matter how unhappy it makes people. Pentecostal churches are best known for exuberant worship, but are have been traditional centres for very strict legalism.  Ashcroft's Assemblies of God …

The More We Do, the Worse It Gets

A little while back, the following was noted in the piece The Trouble with Americans Negotiating: Basically, Americans look at negotiating with Iran, Syria or anyone else the same way they do business deals: the negotiators go in, they apply whatever skills they have at “doing the deal,” but they get the deal done. Failing …

The Charismatic Nature of Anglicanism

In the midst of everything else going on here, I received an interesting comment on my piece Charismatic Anglicans: The Missing Link: I used to be a Lutheran who was sort of involved with the charismatic movement before coming to Canada. I became very discouraged with my church. I recently joined an Anglican Church in …

Clarifying Positions (Maybe)

I have a few answers of my own to Liam's response to my last piece on the subject of gay marriage and adoption. I have, thus far, understood Don to be advocating that homosexuals be excluded from marriages recognized by the state (i.e., civil marriages.) If that is not the case, then my efforts have …

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