Category Archives: Politics as Opium

A curious thing

Yours truly logged into WordPress today to find that the usual blue banner at the top of his Reader had undergone a colourful change: This puzzled me for a moment, until I read the news and realized what this was … Continue reading

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blah blah anti-gay anti-intellectual something blah blah

In an article in the Federalist, Robert Oscar Lopez takes journalists to task for dropping the ball on one aspect of all the same-sex marriage shenanigans: Journalists with a shred of integrity would feel some curiosity about children who come … Continue reading

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Just pretend I made a joke about closets here

In Britain, the new breed of closeted, self-loathing people is…..the college aged Tory: She’s not the only 20-something to admit this. A number of people come forward to ‘confess’ their right-wing leanings on the basis that I won’t reveal their … Continue reading

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Gaius and Titius

I’ve had something resembling a rant about public school systems percolating in my mind, and, as if on cue, a philosopher at the NY Times gives me another reason to loathe them: A few weeks ago, I learned that students … Continue reading

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Ghost stories

Don made a rather glowing recommendation of Mononoke a few weeks ago, which I mentally filed away until recently. Having watched the first story arc (which spans two episodes), we have: a rather laconic, mysterious man known only as the … Continue reading

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Obligatory Charlie Hebdo post

David Brooks: Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend the views of Islamist terrorists in France but who are a lot less tolerant … Continue reading

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Is celibacy the new ex-gay? or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the clickbait

The Catholic Church’s explicit teachings on homosexuality are actually rather slim – meriting only three paragraphs in the Catechism. (2357-2359) And, naturally, those paragraphs have been picked apart to death by just about everyone who has an interest in this … Continue reading

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Hipster Nazis?

There’s an article on Rolling Stone about how the Neo-Nazi subculture in Germany has moved away from the older Skinhead look and more towards appropriating mainstream pop culture: Like Schroeder, whom he sees as an acolyte, Knape wants to give … Continue reading

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Slate meets side b

So there’s a surprisingly fair article in Slate about us celibate gay/same-sex attracted Christians: Far from the mainstream LGBTQ experience of pride parades and marriages, Outward and the Advocate, there exists a small, tight-knit group of LGBTQ people who, though … Continue reading

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Gender and violence

Ross Douthat has a pretty good couple of posts critiquing both left and right when it comes to the topic of gender – particularly in wake of the Santa Barbara killings. The tl;dr takehome from them is this: the right … Continue reading

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