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!
Saint Boniface was born about 675 in Anglo-Saxon England. He was initially named Winfrid by his prosperous and respected family. At an early age he attended a monastery school, and as a young man he became a monk. The Pope […]
Recently in an airport, I saw and bought a rather provocative issue of Scientific American. The cover declared that humans ‘evolved’ to exercise, while the most similar forms of life – chimpanzees and bonobos – function very well as couch potatoes, according to […]
In addition to the NIMBYs and the YIMBYs, we now have the PHIMBYs: Public Housing in My Back Yard. This new acronym represents those who believe that public-subsidized housing should be added to our cities, but no private enterprise market-rate […]