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Jamie Manson is smarter than the church

by Greg Krehbiel on 12 May 2015

This is amusing.

From Our Homophobic Pope, Jamie Manson is quoted as saying …

Our church leaders must, in essence, stop telling God where God can and cannot be.

But just previous to that, this.

God can be as fully present in the relationships of same-sex couples as God can be in opposite-sex couples and [] God can be as sacramentally present through the body of a woman priest as God can be sacramentally present in the body of a male priest.

I see. So church leaders can’t say where God can and cannot be, but Jamie Manson can.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-05-12  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Hard cases make bad law

by Greg Krehbiel on 12 May 2015

Also on WMAL this morning, they were talking about Jeb Bush’s ideas on immigration, and whether they take him out of consideration. (To me, yes.)

Larry O’Connor challenged one caller with Jeb Bush’s argument along these lines. What if some family came here from Belize and brought along a five year old kid, who is now 18. The kid has been in America most of his life and has no connection to Belize. Is it right to send him back?

The caller very aptly said that you don’t make policy on the basis of a couple of sob stories. We could also tell sob stories about immigrants who came here and committed awful crimes. Should we make policy based on those stories?

My position on immigration is very simple. Close the border first, then we can talk.

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We need to be more precise with “racist”

by Greg Krehbiel on 12 May 2015

This morning on WMAL there was a conversation about some liberal interviewing Sen. Cruz, and the interviewer was trying to let Cruz establish his credibility as a genuine Cuban, so he asked him about his favorite Cuban food and his favorite Cuban music.

The guys on WMAL ridiculed this. It would, they said, be like an interviewer asking if President Obama was really black by asking him to name his favorite hip-hop artist, or whether he ate certain food. Or asking Sen. Warren if she could do a rain dance, or how good she was with a bow and arrow.

I agree with the comparisons, and I’d call the questions somewhat rude, and insensitive in the sense that they are following a silly stereotype. Just because you’re Cuban doesn’t mean you like Cuban music, etc.

But then they called it “racist,” and that’s where they lost me.

Here’s a definition of racism.

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

I supplied the emphasis to point out that it’s not racist to say that all members of each race possess certain characteristics. That would be nonsense. If the races didn’t “possess certain characteristics” then they wouldn’t be a race.

We’ve all heard that some people say race is an artificial thing to begin with, and they may be right from a certain perspective, but if we’re going to classify people by race then it necessarily follows that there is some characteristic that distinguishes one race from another.

For example, what distinguishes all Caucasians is that they’re white skinned and of European ancestry.

If somebody implied that to be Caucasian means you like Polka music, that would be a stupid thing to say, but it wouldn’t be racist because it doesn’t imply that Caucasians are superior or inferior. It would be a phony stereotype — like saying that all black people like fried chicken, which is also not racist. It’s insensitive and stupid, but it’s not racist.

We should use a different word for “phony stereotyping” and reserve “racist” for situations where someone is claiming that a race is superior or inferior.

-- 14 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-05-12  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Double standard on offensive art?

by Greg Krehbiel on 11 May 2015

Jonah Goldberg makes a good point about Liberal Hypocrisy on Blasphemous Art.

I am utterly baffled how people who think it’s censorship to withdraw funding for anti-Christian “hate speech” can argue that private individuals have no right to express anti-Muslim views.

You’re baffled, Jonah, because you’re trying to apply sense and logic and consistency to people whose politics are a matter of “enlightened” emotional bursts of outrage.

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Appeasement doesn’t work

by Greg Krehbiel on 11 May 2015

Candidate Obama thought that a humbler foreign policy, led by a man who grew up listening to the Muslim call to prayer, would win us friends in the Middle East. It hasn’t turned out that way. The most recent evidence is the fact that several ME leaders are snubbing him on his Camp David summit.

Being nice might work in social situations, but countries — and their rulers — have to be calculating and practical. Strength is what matters in international affairs, not whether you have a soft spot in your heart for Muslims.

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70s crime rates may be coming back

by Greg Krehbiel on 10 May 2015

All the criticisms of the police department are going to have consequences. Police will quit, or just not do their jobs. Young men won’t want to become policemen. And then the crime rates will soar.

As I’ve said before, I think the police need better oversight, and I believe there are abuses that need to be stopped. But demoralizing the police is going to have very ugly consequences.

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-05-10  ::  Greg Krehbiel

How about reforming the community?

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 May 2015

Brit Hume raises an excellent point in his comments here.

[Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s] entire emphasis, like that of the Obama administration, is on reforming the police. The idea that the people in the community need to do any reforming is never mentioned.

I am worried about policemen abusing their authority. I don’t trust people with power unless they are watched like a hawk, and I don’t think the police get enough oversight. I’m sure there is plenty of room for reform in the criminal justice system in general, and in police training, policies and tactics in particular.

However, to focus all the attention on the police and almost no attention on the dysfunctional families in the inner city is a huge mistake. Focus on solving the problem of the inner city family and you’ll solve a lot of the problems in Baltimore.

But that takes time, and therefore doesn’t give a politician a great statistic to hang his hat on, and it doesn’t appease the race hucksters.

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Liberals want more people in college

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 May 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently said that higher education should be a right.

This is wrong-headed for many reasons.

First, not everybody is smart enough to go to college. And that’s the way it should be. If we dumb down college enough for most people to get a degree, college won’t be college any more.

Second, higher education as a right would become yet another way for governments to spend money and thereby control the culture. We need less top-down management.

Third, and most importantly, liberals promote so-called “higher education” because colleges are liberal indoctrination centers. More people in college means more liberals.

Liberals like to pretend that there is some sort of intrinsic correlation between learning and being liberal. I.e., the smarter you get, the more liberal you get. Therefore it’s perfectly natural for colleges to be liberal.

That’s obvious rot, as we can see by looking at how colleges have become increasingly liberal over time. Were professors less educated three decades ago, and now they’re smarter?

The issue is not that smart = liberal. What we see in the liberal bias of colleges is simply an example of cliquishness and feedback loops. Once you get past the tipping point, the majority controls the institution. Working at a college or university is pretty close to a hostile work environment for a conservative.

Conservatives need to retake the schools, and it’s going to be a decades-long and costly battle. It has to start with conservatives homeschooling their kids or sending them to private schools. We need to raise a generation (or two) outside of the liberal indoctrination machine called education.

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Identity politics, defined

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 May 2015

Somewhere this morning I saw a definition of “identity politics” that went like this. Pick a grievance you have, and then build your whole identity around that.

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Before we undo our successes …

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 May 2015

The crime rate today is very low, so people are talking about putting fewer criminals in jail.

It’s a seesaw thing. When the crime rate is high, the public demands more prisons and harder sentences. Then, when they feel safe again, they succumb to “kinder” policies that leave criminals on the streets. (When people promote such a policy you have to remember to ask who it is being kinder to, and at whose expense. Nothing is free.)

Ann Coulter has a good article on the subject.

I generally agree with Coulter, except that I don’t like the current policy of putting people in prison for minor, first-time drug offences.

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