So it’s the blog that’s been left behind. I’ve managed to stay right here at home in America for almost three months, and it’s been bliss. Regular workdays, dinner parties with friends, some time in the country, a routine!
I’m headed out to Jakarta tonight for a couple of weeks on a research trip, and maybe things will pick up around here while I’m traveling. Although, I guess I haven’t even gotten around to posting pictures from my trip to Istanbul in April….
Here are a few things that have been keeping me busy:
- Victory in the Merced case!Â The best news/blogpost title by far: On Friday the Priest Got His Goat, from reason.com. Or stop by The Becket Fund’s case page.
- I gave a speech at the Library of Congress to about a dozen Ambassadors (from Nigeria, Iraq, Sudan…) and half a dozen Congressmen last week on International Religious Freedom in American History and Foreign Policy. You can read the text here.
- The Becket Fund’s own Luke Goodrich explaining how Sharia-based arbitration works in the US, at the UK Guardian: Sharia Across the Pond.
- Ms. Glasses quoted in a US Islamic veil case, at the Canadian National Post.
- But mostly, I spend my time losing cases. ECHR rules against turbans in public schools.
Coup d’oeil has mainly been posting her reading elsewhere:
- Francis Fukuyama explaining how Islamic political movements have been one form of revolt against arbitrary government at the WSJ in Iran, Islam, and the Rule of Law.
- Considering I am flying there tonight, I should maybe be more freaked out by the simultaneous bombings in Jakarta a couple of weeks ago, but the thing is statistically it’s safer now….
- The Templeton Foundation asks, Does evolution explain human nature? I love this format. Answers ranged from “Obviously, says the monkey,” to “Except where it matters,” “Not entirely,” “More fully by the day,” to “Yes.” My favourite paper title might be “Totally, for a Martian.”Â HT Ard Louis.
- Why you don’t want to be a Christian and a filmreviewer, by Jeffrey Overstreet. HT Alissa Wilkinson.
- Gorgeous shot from The Sartorialist:
- Foreign Policy.com on State-Sponsored Sufism in Pakistan, backed by US think tanks.Â I used to read Ali Eteraz’s blog. Unfortunately, he doesn’t give any mention to promoting religious freedom for all as a solution to extremism, but it’s still quite a good piece explaining why state-sponsored religion as a counter to extremism isn’t helpful.
- Better than reading: Love Thy Enemies. A backer of Mir Hossein Mousavi helps evacuate an injured riot-police officer during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009.
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- The Same-Sex Future, at the New York Review of Books. The Becket Fund’s book is one of four reviewed. A thoughtful piece.
- Ben’s wedding in Martha Stewart Magazine!! “A wooded park in Brooklyn comes alive — whimsy peeks out through spring-green trees, wonder perches on budding blooms, and joy showers down from the heavens — as a creative couple says ‘I do.'”
- Honduras: Stop calling it a coup! “The Supreme Court ruled [Zelaya’s referendum to extend his presidency] unconstitutional, and it instructed the military not to carry out the logistics of the vote as it normally would do. The top military commander, Gen. Romeo VÃ¡squez VelÃ¡squez, told the president that he would have to comply. Mr. Zelaya promptly fired him.”
- Steven Chu on the Daily Show giving Jon Stewart a Nerds of America T-shirt. Love it. Especially when Stewart tells Chu he’s the “first cabinet member from the Obama administration who looks alive.”