Renovating Academia

Since the start of David Horowitz’s campaign to have his “Academic Bill of Rights” and “Student Bill of Rights” instituted by law for state-run institutions of higher education, academia has closed ranks against… Continue reading

American Christianity, Two Hundred Years Ago

The passages below are from a sermon delivered by William Ellery Channing in Baltimore in 1819: We regard the Scriptures as the records of God’s successive revelations to mankind, and particularly of the… Continue reading

Benefit of the Doubt, Part III

In Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: A great man has sad that ignorance lies at both ends of knowledge. Perhaps it would have been truer to state that deep convictions lie… Continue reading

Benefit of the Doubt, Part II

Sunday night, Doubt by John Patrick Shanley won four Tony’s, including best play and best actress. The play, about a possible case of child sexual abuse in a Catholic school in the sixties,… Continue reading

Benefit of the Doubt

In an odd way, people of faith–be it in a god or in a political system (from right and left, in other words)–have emasculated many of us liberals over the past century, ripping… Continue reading

Deconstructing Horowitz

After months of reading and writing about him, I think I am finally beginning to understand the mindset of David Horowitz, a rightist so extraordinarily dedicated to the destruction of the left. Though… Continue reading

Word Play

The right, of course, plays fast and loose with vocabulary. Words like “Marxist,” “socialist,” “communist,” “Stalinist,” “traitor,” and “terrorist” are often used interchangeably, thereby muddying whatever issue happens to be under consideration. When… Continue reading

The Sermon on the Mount

One of the things that has bothered me most about present-day fundamentalists is their almost complete abandonment of The Sermon on the Mount. To me, this is the heart of the teachings of… Continue reading

Horowitz and the Academic Bill of (No) Rights

Sure, there are problems with academia; we all know that, if we have been anywhere near a college or university over the past decades. But they are not ones that can be solved… Continue reading

Dear Adam Cohen

I sent this to Adam Cohen of The New York Times: Dear Adam Cohen: How much have you really explored the worlds of blogs? Not much, given your “Editorial Observer” column in today’s… Continue reading