Ernest Renan

Inauguration

Inauguration Blues

Despite the deepest hopes of many die-hard Trump supporters that the outgoing president would somehow snatch victory from defeat at the eleventh hour, Joe Biden is to be inaugurated today.  Our second nominally Catholic president shall no doubt wish to ceremonially cloak himself in Kennedy’s mantle; unfortunately for him, both COVID-19 restrictions and the odd [...]

From Islam to the Enlightenment

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an impressive woman. In her late 30s, she speaks six languages -- that includes both her native Somali, as well as Dutch, which she learned so she could run for the Dutch parliament. Of course, she's best known for what Theodore Dalrymple calls "her  public and uncompromising repudiation of Islam." Her [...]

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