The Corner

Re: Re: Coffin versus Parker

That [Group X] would be wise to be mindful of something does not entail that it is not so being. That I make such a claim invites the interpretation that I think it is not, but I meant my post to be construed more narrowly. I do not endorse everything Kathleen has said on this topic, and am not trying to defend, in general, what Shannen describes as Kathleen’s mission. I offered what seems to me the most sensible interpretation of the central thesis in Kathleen’s column today: the suggestion that we make arguments in non-religious terms. This strikes me as sensible because such arguments will not rest atop claims that are widely and acrimoniously disputed. I don’t claim that Kathleen’s suggestion is worth making only to religious conservatives. I think it is worth making to certain preachers of black-liberation theology, to mainline Protestants who justify welfarist policies with reference to the New Testament, etc. If I am to generalize about what religious people are actually doing, what I will say is that some argue poorly and others well, that this is true of all brands of religion, and that when religious conservatives lapse they pay a higher price for it owing to preexisting stereotypes about them (particularly among those who are most powerful in media and entertainment). I share Mark’s view that attacks on religious conservatives are troubling. Thanks to both Shannen and Mark for prodding me to clarify this.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More