Medicare Counseling Reg Not a Death Panel: But Health Care Rationing a Clear and Present Danger

Much is being made throughout the blogosphere and on talk radio about the new Medicare regulation that compensates physicians for discussing end of life options with their patients. As I said yesterday over at The Corner, these are not “death panels.” … [Read more...]

Church Renews Fight Over Site

Wall Street Journal A claim filed against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by church leaders and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Monday accused the agency, which is overseeing Ground Zero's rebuilding, of engaging in "arrogance, bad faith and fraudulent conduct" and "shabby and unlawful treatment." Under state law, the church is required to file a notice of claim … [Read more...]

Piero A. Tozzi: The New Global Morality: DADT Repeal and Secretary Clinton’s embrace of “Universal Standards”

Apart from from the health care rationing that Obamacare would foster on American citizens, I argue too that the questionable morality of the self-selected administrators of the project would drive policy decisions in directions that violate traditional norms. "Do you really want people like Hillary Clinton or Barbara Boxer making your health care decisions?" I ask. Sound alarmist? Read the … [Read more...]

Michael Barone on the recent election

Occasionally I get emails from readers taking me to task for discussing politics on a "religious" forum. It should not be allowed they argue but obviously I don't agree. Politics, culture, religion, values, ideas and so forth overlap in critical ways and ignoring this is, at a minimum, a prescription for ignorance. It's true that religion and partisanship can be a dangerous brew, but here too I … [Read more...]

Space crew with the next expedition takes Gospels to ISS

My first thought was no political correctness there. My second thought I'd want something like this if I were at the top of a rocket shooting into space. Moscow, December 1, Interfax - The crew of Soyuz TMA-20 piloted spaceship that starts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 5, will take Gospels to the International Space Station, the crew commander Dmitry Kondratyev said. "The crew … [Read more...]

Is Europe waking up from its multi-cultural inebriation?

Austrian MP Ewald Stadler speaks to the position of the Turkish Ambassador and tells off some of his colleagues. During this, he addresses the lack of outrage when Catholic Archbishop Luigi Padovese was killed in Turkey and mentions the priests who have been killed. Stadler is certainly not an indifferent Catholic! … [Read more...]

Patsourakos: Clergy Must Abide by America’s Tradition of Church-State Separation

George Patsourakos, occasional commentator on the AOI Observer, posted a commentary on his blog "Theology and Society" sure to elicit some strong responses. I agree with his overall conclusion (keep candidate endorsements away from the pulpit) but I disagree with his interpretation of the separation of church and state clause in the Constitution. What do you think? This week former U.S. … [Read more...]

Science Must Destroy Religion

A reader sent me a link from this article published on the Huffington Post. The author is hostile towards religion (Huffington Post writers tend to be) but it is an interesting read nevertheless. Positing science versus religion is a false dichtomy of course since it really draws from the conflict between the philosophical materialism of the late nineteenth century and the acceptance of … [Read more...]

Thomas Sowell: Arrogance costly for Iowa judges

The removal of the Iowa judges by Iowa voters for overturning the voters' plebiscite on gay marriage is an important shift in electoral attitudes. Here Thomas Sowell, one of America's clearest social commentators, makes the case. Results of the recent elections showed that growing numbers of Americans are fed up with “public servants” who act as if they are public masters. This went beyond … [Read more...]

Iowans dismiss three judges

This is the story Harry Coin mentioned in a comment a few days ago. The story is huge, not only for the political implications -- the removal of activist judges, but that gay marriage, a moral question with the deepest cultural implications, was the driver leading to their removal. America values the public square, which is why the great debates about morality develop a political cast, even … [Read more...]

The Conservative Moment

The irony is isn't lost on me as as I read the Arizona Republic in and Arizona Starbucks this morning (free wi-fi), ground zero for many of the issues Americans are deciding on today. Thinking back I remember see Jimmy Carter in Eugene, Oregon on afternoon quite by accident (my last vote as a Democrat) and even Theodore Sorenson (aid to John Kennedy who died last week -- a very interesting and … [Read more...]

Patsourakos: Islamophobia will end in the US when terrorism ends

Over at his Theology and Society blog, George Patsourakos, an occasional commentator on the AOI blog writes on the effort by the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR - apologists for jihad actually) to combat "Islamophobia," a term they borrowed and adapted from the homosexual rights movement that is used to silence the criticism of detractors. Patsourakos writes, sure, we're afraid, but … [Read more...]