When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

...don't be surprised when they don't understand it: On Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) reiterated that he doesn’t think climate change is worth fighting, or that human beings are to blame. Ryan is running for re-election in his Wisconsin district against Democratic challenger Rob Zerman. According to a report by the Associated Press, the question … Continue reading When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

Columbus and the Islamic World

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! As today is the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the “New World,” I thought it appropriate to examine his impact on the Old World—specifically on the part of the Old World controlled by Muslim powers in 1492. Read the rest at my new home, Foreign Exchanges! Go to Foreign Exchanges

Deadly ISIS attack on Baghdad during Shiʿa holiday

Today is Eid al-Ghadir (or Eid al-Ghadeer if you prefer), a Shiʿa festival commemorating Muhammad's final sermon, delivered at a place called Ghadir al-Khumm in 632. During this sermon, Muhammad is said to have told the thousands of people assembled that "Of whomsoever I have been mawla, Ali [Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law] is also to … Continue reading Deadly ISIS attack on Baghdad during Shiʿa holiday

In which Andrew Sullivan loses his own argument

Sullivan has been on a multi-day kick commenting on the Event Which Shall No Longer Be Mentioned Here, siding (albeit in a slightly more nuanced way) with the "Islam is the problem" crowd. Today he took the interesting step of completely undercutting Harris and Maher's argument and then proceeding as if he hadn't. After suggesting … Continue reading In which Andrew Sullivan loses his own argument