Andrew Rosenthal, in the New York Times here and here writes about the pressure to treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, [who I can’t resist calling ‘The Joker’] not as a criminal but as an ‘enemy combatant’, largely because that pesky Bill of Rights would not apply if he were not a criminal. I thought the Geneva Convention did. Oh well. That was what that Guantanamo thing, the waterboarding, and all that was supposed to be about. McVeigh, of the Oklahoma bombings of 1995, or Jared Lee Loughner, the attempted killer of Gabriel Giffords, and James Holmes, the movie theater killer of Aurora, Colorado, were all tried under criminal law. Rosenthal is quite right that Muslim criminals and such need to be tried under the same law as everybody else. I would qualify this in one way, however. I would not object to confidential surveillance of Muslim mosques. This does not justify open discrimination against their religion in land use law or anything else! If a lot of terrorists and criminals emerged out of the networks of my own denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, I would expect the government to be confidentially watching it too!
The new holiday of June 19, though its celebration has spread nationally, has a particular application to Texas. But there is another date that would be more suitable as a national holiday of emancipation: December 18. June 19, known as […]
David Brooks, in his recent book, The Road to Character, makes a distinction between two kinds of virtues and tells us we need to be more concerned about ‘legacy virtues’ and not just the ‘résumé virtues’ that give us success in […]
Precis: In every society, even those that profess freedom of speech, there are ideas and images that are perceived as too corrupting to be expressed or uttered. We used to think this way about pornography. Now we think this about […]