The Real Meaning of ‘Religious Liberty’
This is the real meaning of “religious liberty”: the privilege enjoyed by a certain group to hold special status in our society, to claim public money and resources for itself, and to identify a despised other and organize around its contempt of that enemy.
February 28, 2020
The Priesthood of The Big Crazy
Many victims of abuse by priests have made the mistake of reporting their charges to a bishop. They should have gone straight to a secular authority. To expect from the celibate clergy either candor or good sense on sexual matters is a fool’s game.
August 23, 2018
How Ulster Unionists Block Brexit
If, as the Democratic Unionist Party insists, Northern Ireland can be treated no differently from the rest of the UK, then all of the UK must stay largely within the existing European Union rules. In which case, Brexit itself is pointless. The DUP’s backward-looking Britishness thus stands in the way of Brexit’s English revolution.
June 11, 2018
Luther vs. Erasmus
Erasmus was an internationalist who sought to establish a borderless Christian union; Luther was a nationalist who appealed to the patriotism of the German people. Their conflict represented the clash of two contrasting world views—those of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
February 20, 2018
Keller to Nuns: Get Out!
Former *New York Times* editor Bill Keller thinks it sounds shocking that he agrees with the Catholic conservative Bill Donohue, but he need not be disturbed. Some of us have long thought he was closer to Donahue than he pretended. What he particularly liked is the way Donohue argues that half of Catholics should just leave the church they pretend to believe in. Keller puts the matter even more punchily. He tells the useless half, “Summon your fortitude and just go.”
June 23, 2012