“New Year—New You” and the Inherent Unfairness of Our Quest for a “Just World”

Confession It’s a new year, and I am currently fatter than I’d like to be. I may not match your idea of what fat is or isn’t, but the calculus behind my statement is an entirely internal one. I am fatter than I would like to be. The simple task of putting on my shoes [...]

Religious Freedom Day, 2018

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day, citing in his proclamation prominent cases in which the current administration has sided with conservative Christian proponents who invoke the cause of religious liberty to exempt themselves from observance of certain anti-discrimination laws. Even religious advocates for the separation of Church and State have warned that [...]

A Celebration of Religious Freedom

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day. In his proclamation, the President stated that “[n]o American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.” This specific listing of test cases for religious liberty recalls directly the [...]

Why Babette’s Feast is really about Satanism and a really inspirational film for any New Year

For longer than the decade we’ve been officially married, my wife and I have shared a handful of filmic traditions around New Year’s. Some of those traditions—like watching the 1997 comedy Spice World that centers on the smash nineties’ pop girl-group sensation the Spice Girls—will forever remain acquired tastes. I wouldn’t recommend them to just [...]