Hot dog exploded. It's the "mindful eating" version — "if you have a lot of different savory and sweet things on the plate in small amounts, it seems like a lot of food but doesn't put on the pounds" — of the All-American classic. We cooked the dogs on high in the microwave for one minute, rolled 'em up in toast slathered with mayo, mustard and relish, and sliced them on the diagonal into bite-sized pieces. For Mem Day at Goomp's, were going to use good old-fashioned Wonder-Bread-type buns and grill 'em for doibs.
"He complained about 'respect creep,' saying that he’s willing to tolerate religious believers, but that doesn’t mean he’s obligated to treat their beliefs as anything other than nonsense," writes John Allen re Cambridge University atheist philosopher Simon Blackburn in the provocatively titled "Atheist scholar is ally (with reservations) in Benedict’s fight against relativism." Many thanks to our fellow B16 Fan Club member Jill for the link:
As for Blackburn, he regards religion as a delusion. He actually wrote a paper three years ago defending his refusal to put on a yarmulke when invited by a Jewish friend to Friday dinner, on the grounds that it would express a respect for religion he doesn’t feel [We couldn't disagree more, of course. When we attended a mass with Jill at St. Paul's in Cambridge a couple of months back, it was a wondrous thing to stand up with the celebrants and be blessed by the priest, albeit with hands crossed upon our chest to indicate we were not members of the congregation] …
Yet philosophy, a bit like politics, tends to make strange bedfellows. At least on the subject of truth, Benedict and many of the luminaries in Lugano ["a gathering of scientists, philosophers, and eggheads of all stripes, most of them without any specific religious conviction … taking up the papal challenge … for a new look at truth within the Western secular academy"] seem to have some common ground.
Blackburn offers an interesting case in point. In his book Truth, Blackburn acidly denounced “something diabolical in the region of relativism, multiculturalism or postmodernism, something which corrodes and corrupts the universities and the public culture, that sweeps away moral standards, lays waste young people’s minds, and rots our precious civilization from within.”
It’s language that, in another context, easily might have flowed from the papal pen.
We've never met an atheist whose world view worked for us, even though we count ourselves among them. It seems that most of 'em substitute a secular faith for a religious one. Blackburn turns out to be a knee-jerk Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferer:
Now, of course, governments are extremely unlikely to acknowledge that there are limits to what you can do to people. [Do to people? Isn't that the left's stock in trade?] The United States threw that over in the last five years. I don’t think any government, or any religion for that matter, has an unblemished record of respecting the boundaries to what you may do to other people.
How sad that celebs like Blackburn don't realize their reflexive reiterations of the leftist party line reveal their secular religionist underpinnings. We are wired for belief, and one way or another, faith will out.
Update: Are we wired for craziness as well? Check out Dr. Sanity's Carnival of the Insanities for some possible answers.
Update II: A "Weekend of Irony" for The Anchoress, who links and muses:
Boy, I’m starting to miss Hillary! And Bush. After seeing him sneak past the media filters for a few hours, and the effect of it, I’m missing him.
Update III: Maggie's links us and other items of note. Our favorite:
As we said in the comments of Glenn and Helen's excellent interview of Robert Kagan at PJM's Politics Central,™ "Someone should leave a copy of [Kagan's new book] The Return of History and the End of Dreams on Obama's bedside table." Also available at Dr. Helen's.