Saturday, April 09, 2005


What philosophy do you follow? Is Philosophy becoming more popular with the young? This essay shows why rhetoric about how expanding rights is always a virtue should be resisted. Robert Heinlein was on to something when he came up with TANSTAAFL (there ain't no such thing as a free lunch). Ann Coulter tells a surprising story that I don't think made it to Canada's MSM. Maybe I missed it. The American Spectator has a fine and provocative essay by George Neumayr on bystanders' fascination with the upcoming Papal Conclave:
Why would people who hate the Church pose as reformers who know what's best for it? Why would they care so passionately about the direction of a religion to which they don't belong? For the same reason the French philosophes and revolutionaries monitored and pressured the Church: it is a force that they must either neutralize or hijack in order to achieve their designs for the world. Look at the immense, obsessional energy that the left spends on trying to pressure the Church into green-lighting their favorite sexual sins. Why do they care so much about what the Church teaches? The reason is that they know that if they could just get the Catholic Church's imprimatur on the Sexual Revolution it would spread everywhere. A liberal Pope, as far as they are concerned, would be even better than a liberal Chief Justice on the Supreme Court.
The Polish choose life:
Polish pro-life leader Lech Kowalewski told that Poland, with a similar population to Canada (30+ million), had the same number of abortions (100,000 + per year) under communism. However, with liberation came the right to life and the latest abortion figures reveal fewer than 200 abortions per year.
Orson Scott Card (who is a Mormon, I believe) has good things to say about JPII, as does British historian Paul Johnson. Not surprisingly, Andrew Sullivan does not have nice things to say. He'd be easier to take if he actually made any sense. "Wojtyla leveraged this new stardom to reassert a far older idea of the papacy--as the central, unaccountable force in the Church." WTF? Does Sullivan really buy that JP was an autocrat? The former Pope was bound by tradition as best he knew it, which is nowhere near the same thing. Neumayr's criticism in the above entry describes Sullivan's attack perfectly.

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