Religion & Other Curiosities
As blizzards blanket Boston and there is no sign of Al Gore producing A More Inconvenient Truth, it’s time to look at the cognitive defenses of ideologues.
Worries About Francis
Pope Francis’ heart and his perception of the world may be more to the Left than I perhaps expected.
Tea With Tyrants
Ruthless national interest as the sole basis of foreign policy is repugnant to the national conscience, and since the United States is a democracy, this conscience must be reckoned with.
One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.
Defecting from Religious Enclaves
There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.
Can One Domesticate Fundamentalists?
If you have secularist projects in a country with strongly religious demographics, beware of democracy! Has the religiously tone-deaf Obama administration finally gotten this?
Proselytization is a practice as old (and sometimes as divisive) as religion itself. Most recently, it has reared its head in India.