Religion & Other Curiosities
The “War on Christmas” and All That
A war against Christmas? By implication that is a war against Christians. A sense of proportion is an important component of political sanity, and those propounding this preposterous charge are dangerously lacking it.
Have Buddhists attained the status of an ordinary American denomination? Yes! They are suing each other.
Dreams of Home
An Austrian novelist once wrote “Home is where one was a child.” Stories from around the world illustrate how immigration is a very difficult moral issue for liberal democracies today.
Some stories of interest—”and other curiosities”—from around the web.
A sermon preached on the eve of Yom Kippur by a Conservative rabbi in Seattle makes for some startling reading.
Rome, Canterbury and Moscow
As Pope Francis appears to be tacitly approving certain liberalizations in the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury canceled the upcoming Lambeth Conference due to strong opposition from African clergy to the Anglican Church’s developing attitudes on gay clergy and bishops, same-sex couples, and generally tolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church seeks to “return Europe to its true self”.
In the Matter of Incest
In mid-September, the German Ethics Council recommended that sexual relations between consenting adult siblings be decriminalized. It is worth noting how all arguments presented in the Council’s carefully worded document are of a completely secular nature.