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Hypocrisy As A Fine Art

Hypocrisy As A Fine Art

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From time to time this past week, I have been watching commentary on Michelle Wolf's raucous 28 April White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) monologue about Trump and his gauleiters in the Republican party and elements of the American fascist community. As good as I am with the English language, even I am at a loss to find appropriate adjectives that would do justice to the arrant, bare-faced hypocrisy of Republicans in particular and conservatives in general, especially conservative Reformed / evangelical Christians. Far from surprisingly, members of both communities -- American para-fascists and conservative Reformed / evangelical Christians -- expressed the usual outrage that is de rigeur whenever they are criticized about their inconsistencies. (Yes, yes, I know:  there are Refor
Politics And The Moral Limits Of Friendship

Politics And The Moral Limits Of Friendship

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To unmask them, to knock them off the pedestal they have hoisted themselves on, to hold them up to scorn is a campaign no one should remain indifferent to. For at any price, we must keep those who have too clear a conscience from living and dying in peace. -- E. M. Cioran, "Thinking Against Oneself", in The Temptation to Exist One of the more painful effects of the presidential Election of 2016 is that I was impelled by considerations of personal integrity to terminate about a dozen friendships, about half on Facebook and about half in real-life. In each such case, the reason for the break was that the people whose friendships I chose to end were people who were determined to vote, either directly or by default, for Donald J. Trump for President. This, for reasons of conscience, I could...
Charlottesville, The First Amendment, And The Limits of Tolerance

Charlottesville, The First Amendment, And The Limits of Tolerance

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In light of recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and the arrant display of cowardice on the part of Donald Trump and his Administration in dealing with it, this "Skeptic's Collection" column from late 2014 -- which now seems like several Eternities ago -- is even more relevant now than when it was originally published. I have only changed the title slightly. ========================================== I recently wrote a “Skeptics Collection” post in which I severely criticized a certain variety of contemporary Islam for being historically retrogressive, among other reasons, because of its militant religious triumphalism, its melding of political and military power with religious authority, and its hostility to any kind of critical stance toward Islamic history, sacred literature,