Sunday, September 27, 2015

Link Log for September 27

This is such a tiny Link Log I'd wait and add links tomorrow if the Florida link weren't so timely. Categories: Books, Florida, Politics.


Neil Gaiman's news:

My book review for today:


Lloyd Marcus is doing a concert Monday evening:


According to this Yougov survey, about 60% of U.S. respondents think "non-Christians" generally should be able to serve as President of the United States, and 40% think Muslims should.

I don't agree. While I see no reason why a Humanist should have to pretend to be a Christian (I think our current President is a Humanist and should be able to admit it), or why we couldn't have a Jewish concern about Muslims, Mormons, and Catholics in the White House is not about the individuals (who may be well qualified) but about their connections to large, ambitious organizations that have been known to pursue greater influence than the Constitution was written to allow any religious organization to wield. Sometimes, in the past, this influence has been pursued through nefarious and un-American means. It's not that individual Muslims, Mormons, and Catholics aren't fine human beings; some are. It's that, if and because they are fine individual human beings, they wouldn't even be aware of the murky machinations of the organizations behind them. Which could range from discrimination to outright subversion of our constitutional democratic republic.