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Religion & Other Curiosities
Class in America
Virtue and Vice in Indiana

A pizza shop, a national uproar, and the emergence of a new class configuration.

Religion & Other Curiosities
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Desecularization

A look at India, Israel, Algeria, Russia and China shows just how secularization and desecularization have worked in tandem through the years.

Survey Says
The “Nones” and the “Buts”

The use of the category of “Nones” in surveys pertaining to religion should be replaced with “Buts”—that is a category for those who will say something like “I am Catholic, but…” The results of such surveys would be much more enlightening.

Religion & Other Curiosities
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Ominous Interruptions

The sacred is both fascinating and terrifying: Humans are both drawn to it and impelled to flee from it.

Culture Wars
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Visualizing

The mental act of looking at something is a critical component of conscience. This perhaps helps us understand why certain front lines in the culture war are shifting and others are not.

Western Fashion
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Victimology and Multiculturalism in the United Kingdom

Two cases illustrate the pull of two waning but still fashionable ideologies.

Beyond Parody
The Chinese Communist Party and Tantric Divination

Some stories are so ridiculous that they are beyond parody. That the Chinese government is so very greatly upset by a remark of the Dalai Lama that he may decide not to be reincarnated is just one such story.

...& Other Curiosities
Supersessionism and All That

Throughout history, movements have sprung up denying the profound discontinuities between Christians and Jews, as well as between Protestants and Catholics.

Compare and Contrast
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Apostasy in Saudi Arabia and Utah

If you are inclined toward apostasy, do it in Utah rather than the Middle East. And thank God for the constitution of the United States!

Immigration and Assimilation
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Many Mestizo Nations

What are the prospects for immigrants assimilating—in Europe as well as in the United States? Perhaps not as bad as you might believe.

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Middle East Mess

The Guardian has an important story out which has some interesting details about the alliance between Turkey and Saudi Arabia which we noted earlier this month was notably boosting the fortunes of Syria’s rebels in their war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The story starts out with reports of rebel commanders suddenly finding themselves awash […]

Shorting Out

President Obama’s lofty electric vehicles goals have been swatted down hard by reality.

Harder Better Faster Stronger

Canada’s oil sands industry has to cut costs to survive today’s bearish crude market. Is it up to the challenge?

Bird flu has killed millions of chickens and turkeys, leading to “completely unprecedented” price jumps, threatened supply chains for big restaurants, and possibly even will put some suppliers out of business.

Asia's Game of Thrones

But will it matter who gets there first? The United States, decades ahead in experience and expertise, will officially commit to a decade-long defense partnership with India in June.

The UK and the EU

A new raft of anti-red-tape proposals points to a coalition for a freer EU.

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