My brother’s a vegetarian. Yet he doesn’t insist that the rest of us should forgo meat when he’s around. By the same token, we don’t insist that, if he wants to break bread with us, he must also swallow ground cow. That’s tolerance.
The largely unexamined assumption many of us make when we pick up our morning paper is that reality is somewhere out there and the job of the journalist is to capture it, the way a hunter might truss up a lion, and deliver it neatly wrapped to our doorstep.
I hate to ruin your light summer beach reading, but America and much of the world are still in deep yogurt when it comes to the war on terror.
The federal government is considering making the largest loan guarantee in its history to a private company -- and almost no one has heard of it.
European consumers and small businesses are suffering the effects of the European Union's continuing vendetta against Microsoft, and they're finally speaking up about it.
When all is said and done -- when protestors junk their placards, when burning churches cool, when a murdered nun's grave grows grass -- "shut up" is the underlying message of Pope Rage, the latest fulmination to come from Islam, this time over Pope Benedict's recent lecture on faith and reason.
While official Washington (and the talking heads attached thereto) are wearing out their worry beads over what to do about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' ridiculous rant at the United Nations, most regular Americans are perfectly at ease: Make public the transactions between any US company and Venezuela and let the American consumer decide how to punish that kind of activity.
A few years ago I wrote a book for young Christians graduating from high school or college on the theme of how best to prepare to influence the world, "In But Not Of." Now in the second half of the first decade of a long war with Islamism fascism, a second reading list is necessary.
Note that the pope, in a very lengthy speech critical of the growing secularization of the West, devoted only three paragraphs to the subject of jihad.
President Bush took his case for freedom, democracy, tolerance and "respect" for Islam to the United Nations. His speech was eloquent at times and uniquely American in its plea for understanding and help in freeing people from oppression in the Middle East.
Pope Benedict XVI did the right thing, twice. In his talk to scholars in Germany, he correctly put Islam in historical perspective, describing how Islam was perceived as "evil and inhuman" by a 14th-century Christian emperor desperate for the help of other Christians to defend his country against Islamic conquest.
When Daveed Gartenstein-Ross worked at the U.S. headquarters of Al Haramain Islamic Foundation in 1999, his boss used to joke that prison inmates studying Islam were "a captive audience," he testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Bolton's ordeal provides a cautionary tale for any foreign policy conservative who wants to serve his country in Washington. Nobody can deny Bolton's intelligence and vigor in a lifetime devoted to public service. Nor can anybody deny that Bolton has been faithful to the program of any president he served even when official policy conflicted with his own views. But those views have caused him no end of trouble.
As I trekked last week across the north of Israel, the only signs that the area was just a month removed from being a war zone were some battered buildings, an unusually high volume of earth-moving equipment, and a handful of tanks on the highway on large flatbed trucks.
With the Gallup Poll showing a spike in Bush’s approval ratings and a narrowing of the gap between Democrats and Republicans in party congressional preferences, a looming question is how enduring the change is. Will it last until November?
A telling proof of the argument Pope Benedict XVI made at Regensburg University last week is that prominent Muslim critics claimed to embrace his basic point even as they strove to disprove the words of the 14th century Byzantine emperor the pope quoted.
I don't refer, of course, to such violence, actual or prospective, as may prove attributable to Islamic "outrage" at Pope Benedict XVI's harmless quotation last week of a 14th-century Byzantine emperor who was demonstrably no fan of Islam. There is speculation that the murder of a Catholic nun in Somalia was carried out by the usual homicidal maniacs who see bumping off unbelievers as part of their holy job description.
Remember the "Arab street," that riot-in-the-road featuring flammable Israeli flags, Saddam Hussein posters, clenched fists and chants threatening "Death to America"? The street may have lacked pavement and a fire hydrant, but it had beaucoup television cameras.
To come to terms with the nature of the Pope's error one must first understand the true message of his scholarly lecture, which made only the briefest reference to the long-standing struggle between Christianity and Islam.
By helping to defeat President Bush’s proposed legislation establishing procedures to interrogate and try terrorist detainees, dissident Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and John Warner have bestowed a great gift on both the President’s political adversaries and, much worse, on America’s terrorist enemies.
The liberal Democratic mayors of Dallas and Houston are taking a play right out of the California political playbook as they try to turn out the lights - literally - in Texas.
In 1947, two years after our final victory in World War II, President Harry S. Truman and other prominent national leaders were interested in reminding Americans why our country had fought so hard to prevail against the Axis powers.
Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court grants fewer and fewer petitions for review, and now hears only about half the cases it heard 25 years ago.
The Sept. 17 anniversary of the signing of the Constitution is the perfect time to put the "wall of separation between church and state" disinformation to rest.
The Pope has offered two non-apology apologies for his Tuesday remarks on Islam, which if an apology must be offered, is the only kind he should utter:
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