By now Pat Robertson has been thoroughly raked over the coals for saying that God was responsible for the Haitian earthquake three weeks ago. According to Robertson, God wrought destruction upon Haiti because its people made a pact with the devil back in 1804.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. After years of stressing the importance of facts and the need to verify sources, I blundered by relying on my own memory. In my Dec. 15 column about the war in Afghanistan I said that President Lyndon Johnson declared "victory" and brought the troops home. I was wrong.
A number of years ago, maybe in the 1980s, I paid a visit to a friend in New York state who taught English at a local college. I was with her the day the class assignment included a story about the Holocaust.
November 03, 2009|
Our daughter, Susan, is dating a self-described "conservative." I've been labeled - by others, not me - as "a liberal." We all get along just fine; however, the boyfriend is pro-nuclear. I'm not. In fact, I am on the board of Nuclear Watch South, part of a nationwide watchdog service (look us up at www.nonukesyouall.org).
I love movies. I've loved them since my parents took me to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. I was 5 years old and hid under the seat during the scary parts. In my teens, when others went to Saturday football games, I could be found at the local cinema.
September 08, 2009|
U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?
People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.