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Just Thinking Archives

01/21/02 & 01/28/02

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Off Sides in the Culture War:
Islam and Affirmative Action


More than “Not Fair”

The truth of the First Amendment–supporting belief that if we silence voices that are unpopular to us now we will have opened the way for ourselves to be silenced is difficult to feel. It is, frankly, hard to imagine a majority in America ever wanting to listen to evil, like Nazism, that will never offer anything productive. And if we all agree to unify around the idea of “tolerance,” it seems obvious that we would all unite in rejecting suppression of honest, unbigoted opinions. Of course, this assumes that we would recognize and agree upon what is dishonest and bigoted.

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01 –10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.




01/14/02 Political Reading (Literature)

01/07/02 Good Intentions Gone Bad (Media)

12/31/01 Sleight of Symbolism (Bigotry)

12/24/01 Crossing the Line on Christmas (Religion)

12/17/01 Guest of Honor (Society)

12/10/01 The Driving Forces in Iraq (Government)

12/03/01 George Harrison and the Spiritual Spectrum (Religion)

11/26/01 Thanksgiving Therapy (History)

11/19/01 Making a Better Victim: How a National ID Will Help (Liberties)

11/12/01 Behind on the Bills and Facing Delays (Economics)

11/05/01 Devil in the Details (Religion)

10/29/01 Who Are These People? (Society) The Providence Journal, November 2001