Deal Hudson on Israel and Palestinian Christians, Revisited

Sunday, April 19, 2009 \PM\.\Sun\.

In his latest article for, Deal Hudson presents Ten Hard Facts Confronting Benedict XVI in the Holy Land concerning the plight of Palestinian Christians.

One would expect that — when presenting a list of “hard facts”, particularly a topic as provocative as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — elementary journalistic standards would require the citation of a source.

Furthermore, one might expect the placement of such statistics in context to further enable a moral evaluation.

That Hudson completely neglects to do this is frustrating, to say the least.

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Moral Simpletons

Sunday, April 19, 2009 \PM\.\Sun\.

I am not, contrary to how it may seem at times, a leftist. I used to consider myself one  some time ago, and I suppose on certain issues, such as foreign policy and immigration, I still am.

But the left’s moral logic, especially with regard to sexual issues, never  appealed to me, much for the same reason most forms of libertarian economics don’t – it looks, smells, and often is extremely self-centered, and I wish I could say that without offending good-hearted libertarians who aren’t actually selfish at all.

There is a certain obessesion at times with double-standards and hypocrisy. In the debates over contraception and abortion, for example, these are the arguments I would hear over and over:

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“And our first fifteen callers get a bonus plenary indulgence!”

Sunday, April 19, 2009 \AM\.\Sun\.

I laughed and I think this is a first rate idea.  Catholic truth should be preached everywhere.  Why not on YouTube and with humor?