Cordoba House: The Acid Test

It’s hard to believe that a national campaign led by lunatics has taken off with such momentum, but then again, it looks like we’re still living in Bizarro World, where the values we upheld before 9/11 have been hideously inverted. So what else can we expect? The cable news channels have been consumed with the … Continue reading “Cordoba House: The Acid Test”

Bin Laden’s Rising Influence In America

American leaders are always trying to assess Osama bin Laden’s level of influence over Muslims. They should look at his influence over their own countrymen. The aversion to a proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero shows that it is Americans, not Muslims, whose thinking the terrorist leader has most successfully recast to his advantage. The … Continue reading “Bin Laden’s Rising Influence In America”

Histrionics Over the Mosque: Symbolism Crowds Out Reality

The American media, and to a lesser extent the world media, focus on symbolism at the expense of underlying reality. And sometimes they can’t even make sense of the symbolism. The artificially generated controversy over a proposed mosque within about two blocks of the site of the 9/11 attacks is illustrative of this ignorance. The … Continue reading “Histrionics Over the Mosque: Symbolism Crowds Out Reality”

Newt Gingrich: A Menace to Society?

Like a bad penny, Newt Gingrich is back, this time demanding that Tea Partiers grab their muskets for the next revolution – in fact it’s a World War – looming on the horizon. While it sounds farcical, Gingrich’s usual demagoguery and naked opportunism have taken on an even more cynical and pernicious tone this time … Continue reading “Newt Gingrich: A Menace to Society?”

Anti-Defamers Defame Muslims

I’m shocked – shocked, I tell you! – that the Anti-Defamation League has joined the alliance of militant Christians, militantly atheistic “Objectivists,” and other assorted militant nut-jobs in calling for a ban on the so-called “Ground Zero mosque, “ otherwise known as Cordoba House. After all, why would an organization ostensibly devoted to “civil rights” … Continue reading “Anti-Defamers Defame Muslims”