For anyone who follows the doings of the Church of England, Charles Cooke’s “Turbulent Priest” on the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury is well worth a read (as is John O’Sullivan’s kindlier take). A man of foggy mysticism, foggier erudition, limited common sense and, in an ostentatiously unassuming way, unlimited arrogance, Rowan Williams had a clear fondness for some of the Left’s more authoritarian tendencies, and a revealing unwillingness to see Islamic extremism for what it was. If Williams reminds me of anyone, it is of one of those ineffectual professors with whom incoming Communist regimes would sometimes decorate their ranks to make them look just a little less monolithic, at least in the beginning. To quote Charles, good riddance.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More