Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
This naive theological groupthink ... is motivated in part by a laudable rejection of the exclusivist missionary view that only you and your kind will make it to heaven or nirvana or paradise. ...
I understand what these people are doing. They are not describing the world but reimagining it. They are hoping that their hope will call up in us feelings of brotherhood and sisterhood. In the face of religious bigotry and bloodshed, past and present, we cannot help but be drawn to such hope, and such vision. Yet we must not mistake either for clear-eyed analysis.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tip o the biretta to Our Beloved Godfather for this valuable educational tool.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Oh, Garrison Keillor. Must you?
... any joy about about Ham’s arrival was lost for many in Keillor’s a demeaning portrayal of her as a fat pig who eats three caramel rolls in one sitting.
“She fills out that whole pulpit,” he added.
Friday, April 16, 2010
NISSIR: Mr. McGarry, I think we are both men, and we both know there is a charade being enacted here. I understand Western politics, and I understand President Bartlet is unable to admit Israel's complicity in the death of the Sultan's brother during a close election. So perhaps we could...
NISSIR: Did I say something funny?
LEO: You think the President's afraid that if he admitted complicity in Shareef's death, he would lose votes in this country? To sweep all fifty states, the President would only need to do two things -- blow the Sultan's brains out in Times Square, then walk across the street to Nathan's and buy a hot dog. ...
Leo walks out of the room.