This is for the type of craft that only too frequently substitutes for statecraft these days.

Making sense of intolerance

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 22:18

Apparently, progressives in the U.S. and other industrialized countries were enthralled by the arguments in philosopher John Rawls' work, notably Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism. In particular, his idea of liberal neutrality has deeply influenced the post-modern notion of equality before the law (and all of the post-modern, activist jurisprudential abuses of the 14th Amendment's "equal protection" clause). In the new definition of equality before the law, all sources of value difference derived from natural law theory are scrubbed, the reason being, in the Rawls' argument, that no one should be permitted to argue for a set of rules on the basis of values they inherit from their original position. In practice, this means that Lizzy Borden, a compulsive ax murderer, has the same vote as Mother Teresa, a saint, in deciding the rules of society. It also means Rawls unwittingly became a "useful idiot" for post-modern population control and eugenicist elements of the progressive left. For the state to enforce liberal neutrality, those who espouse traditional values will need to be taken down a peg.

The Pitiful Patter of PETA

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 21:11

The GLBTQI (note the extra letter, recently added — see LGBTQI) folks have their own GLBTQI-friendly translation of the bible. (See, for example, Good News for Modern Gays, by Sylvia Pennington.) Now PETA wants to get into the act and inform translation committees that they should remove the species-ist references in the bible.

An exaggeration of biblical proportions

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 02:54

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. Cal.) recently declared that Republican budget cuts aimed at trimming spending at the National Institutes of Health subtracted from the biblical power of the NIH to discover and bring about cures. I thought she was a Catholic, or at least a Christian. Is there a name for NIH worship? I wasn't aware of this new religion until she announced her affiliation. See "Pelosi: 'Biblical Power to Cure' Would Be Hurt By Proposed GOP Spending Cut."

Boston Court orders cat to jury duty. Owner appeals.

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 08:33

I kid you not! I know that PETA has been seeking increased rights and privileges for pets and other domestic animals, but it never occurred to me that this entailed new responsibilities!

See the details in the London Daily Telegraph at "Cat ordered to do jury service."

A cat has been summoned to do jury service, even after his owners told the court he was "unable to speak and understand English".

… [Not to worry!] A website for the US judicial system states that jurors are "not expected to speak perfect English".

Yay, inclusivity!

Denying natural law in a story for children

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 10:18

Progressives have been re-engineering children's stories for decades in order to tell their side of the big picture. They argue that Aesop and the Brothers Grimm got it all wrong. Progressives come at the retelling from two different angles: (1) they don't want to offend anyone, and (2) they deny natural law. Both of these features are exemplified in the retelling of the story of the Three Little Pigs.