Thursday, January 18, 2007

Defeat in Iraq is not a question of if but when
From LRC military expert William Lind. Sooner or later you will see a Saigon-like victory for a Teheran-like government.

Corn syrup
America’s home-grown sugar is ubiquitous and may be harmful

Joe Sobran on vouchers
Like both tsarist and Communist Russia wanted access to warm-water ports, whether the religion taught was Catholicism or Modernism a longtime goal of the RC authorities in America has been some form of government funding for their schools. Historically this scared the nativist Protestant element, whose organisation, Americans United, like many of the Protestants themselves, seems to have turned secular. It was originally ‘Protestants and Other Americans United for the Separation of Church and State’ complete with Thomas Nast/Jack Chick–like cartoons about the papist menace taking over the government. Now they fear the fundygelicals as they should but the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend! In any event these subsidies in different guises are bad for religious liberty including the church’s because they really mean state control. (For a reminder of the forms of that control witness the taxman harassing All Saints’ Episcopal in Pasadena for preaching against the war on Iraq.) One needn’t be Jack Chick or a militant atheist to agree with Sobran that ‘the only sound approach is the total separation of school and state’.

Fun fact
Likeable square and travel-show presenter Rick Steves is on the board of NORML. Legalise it.

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