America’s Anti-Agoge

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] “….Instead of softening their feet with shoe or sandal, his rule was to make them hardy through going barefoot. This habit, if practiced, would, as he believed, enable them to scale heights more easily and clamber down precipices with less danger.” – Xenophon, The Polity of the Lacedaemonians “Be quiet! […] Read more »

Three from Haaretz on the Temple Mount

[ by Charles Cameron -- growth and mainstreaming of Rebuild the Temple movements in Israel, parallels with perceived slights against the Prophet of Islam, volatility of the situation ] . You saw the New York Times headline, New Clashes at Site in Jerusalem Holy to Both Muslims and Jews? That was just a taste, here’s [...] Read more »

Of films, riots and hatred III: Scorsese and Verhoeven

[ by Charles Cameron -- The Last Temptation of Christ troubles, an early warning re the upcoming Jesus of Nazareth movie -- the blood libel and more ] . American and European Christians, too, can react violently to films they perceive as blasphemous, and this too we should remember as we weigh our own responses [...] Read more »

@Fault: Besieged U.S. Embassy #Fails Its Twitter Defense

When Egyptians stormed the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the diplomats took to their computers and mobile devices -- and blamed an American video for stirring up the locals. But the Embassy's tweets against the movie and "religious incitement" instantly came in for more criticism, from Americans who thought the diplomats had conceded far, far too much -- like basic principles of free speech. Read more »