Tonight, I have nothing to do. After tonight? Social, service, or family obligations nine out of the next ten days. One is very pleasant (tree decorating with the family), but the rest are simple time consumers (committee meetings, take care of house and children while Marie is out, a perfectly painful Christmas party for children, etc.). But I will prevail! By the power of Norman Vincent Peale positive thinking, a few pale ales, and–in a pinch–a chemical lobotomy, I will make it through.
Al Qaeda has denounced Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey, calling it part of a “crusader campaign” against Islam. Is anyone surprised? To someone who lives in jihad, everything is war. You couldn’t offer to take these guys out for a beer (oh wait, they don’t drink) without them thinking it’s a crusade.
Were you a little young to remember the Polish Solidarity movement? The forthcoming issue of Touchstone has a good commemoration in it. Highly recommended. Excerpt:
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In 1980, workers did not take to the streets carrying signs and banners of protest and images of the Black Madonna, the patroness of Poland. They stayed in their workplaces. With enormous courage and discipline, they passively dared the government’s troops to attack them there, where all they were doing was issuing written demands, praying, singing patriotic songs, confessing to the priests who came to minister to them, and receiving Holy Communion.
And of course this tactic of massively organized Christian nonviolence had a radically different result. On August 31, 1980, two weeks after the general strike began, several of Solidarity’s most important demands, including a forty-hour workweek and recognition of Solidarity