Archive for December 14th, 2011

Fleet Foxes

I have recently discovered this band (I know, I don’t get out much) and think them very fine indeed. Not a lot of musicians can capture the sound of ecstasy like this:


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“The president has raised more money from Wall Street through the Democratic National Committee and his campaign account than any politician in American history. This year alone, he has raked in more cash from bank employees, hedge fund managers and financial services companies than all Republican candidates combined.

Even poor Mitt Romney was outraised by the Obama money machine at his former employer, Bain Capital, by a margin of 2 to 1.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67770.html#ixzz1gXW7nnNS

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“Sharia is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States and the world as we know it.”

Those are the words of Newt Gingrich, Republican frontrunner. He makes no distinction between Sharia Law it is practiced by an extremist state like Saudi Arabia and how it is practiced by Muslims in Malaysia or Turkey or Detroit. Islam, again, is at least as diverse as other religions. There are ultraorthodox Jews who believe that the ancient Mosaic laws, with their stonings for all sorts of offenses, ought to be civil law. But can you imagine the outcry if a candidate denounced Kosher?

This is nothing new for Gingrich; he has a long history of demonizing Islam, even comparing  the moderate Muslims who were planning a cultural center in Manhattan, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”- to Nazis, and insisting that as long as Christians could not build churches in the most oppressive Islamic state on the planet, Saudi Arabia, we should not allow Muslims to worship freely. Strange thought, that, that the US should take as its example a tyrannical state.

In this hostility to Muslims, Newt Gingrich, as in other aspects of his political thought, shows how little this reputed convert has been influenced by the Church, which insists that we find common ground with this other great Abrahamic religion.

It is too much for even many conservatives. Here is former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who denounces what he wonderfully calls Newt’s “passionate embrace of shallow ideas”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-problem-with-gingrichs-simplistic-attack-on-sharia/2011/12/12/gIQAv0nZqO_story.html

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