Some Thoughts on the Vote re Women Ordained Bishops at the Church of God 2010 General Assembly

With this post I resume with a topic that generated the most heated debate at the Church of God 2010 General Assembly: the admission of women to the rank of Ordained Bishops.  (For my Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox friends, the term "Ordained Bishop" has a different meaning than a diocesan: in addition to including those …

The Class Struggle Comes Back, Part II

There are some on the left (like Kevin Drum at Mother Jones) who are having second thoughts on the American obsession of racial racial equality over class equalisation: Class/income-based affirmative action has long struck me as an alternative that ought to get more attention than it does...Class-based program programs might, in the end, provide modestly …

Muslim, Christian or Citizen of Your Country First?

Take a look at the interesting graph on the right that appears in Chan Akya's article on why European countries want to ban the burqa and the US is in no hurry to do so. I have a few observations about this: It's ironic that France, where a larger proportion of Muslims consider themselves a …

The Democrats Don't Need the Climate Bill to Achieve Their Objectives

There will be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over this one: Conceding they can't find enough votes for the measure, Senate Democrats on Thursday abandoned efforts to put together a comprehensive energy bill that would seek to limit greenhouse gas emissions, delivering a potentially fatal blow to a proposal Democrats have long …

The Digital Age Underscores the Need for Grace

As the New York Times observes, in the digital world it's the end of forgetting, and in the midst of this Jeffrey Rosen draws from the Jewish world: In addition to exposing less for the Web to forget, it might be helpful for us to explore new ways of living in a world that is …

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press Endorses Art Rhodes for Congress

A welcome endorsement in a race (TN-3) where the perception has gone with the big mouths: Candidate Art Rhodes, of Cleveland, the CEO of a pension plan with $250 million in assets, also wants to control “runaway spending,” but he has a far better sense of how to grapple with the issue and how it …

Note to Damian Thompson: Lay Off the Old Album Covers

He couldn't resist the dig for the artwork being used for the Pope's upcoming visit to the UK: I swear, the Catholic Church in this country is incapable of designing anything that doesn’t feature Pentecostal flames that look as if they’ve been copied from a 30-year-old album cover. I’m sure the Holy Father will be …

It's Back to the Old Dirt Road

It's amazing, but some places are allowing their paved roads to revert to gravel ones: Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was …

Donald Trump Doesn't Want to be a Part of Flyover Country

And he'll sue to stop it, too: Donald Trump is going after the county over its operation of Palm Beach International Airport and any expansion of the airport, which is located less than 3 miles west of the Mar-a-Lago Club. The suit also names airport director Bruce Pelly. The 68-page document, filed Monday, claims jets …

Poor White People and Élite Universities: Beating the Dog in the Water

This from, of all places, the New York Times, and Ross Douthat: Last year, two Princeton sociologists, Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, published a book-length study of admissions and affirmative action at eight highly selective colleges and universities. Unsurprisingly, they found that the admissions process seemed to favor black and Hispanic applicants, while whites …

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