Tuesday, August 23, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Many of the clergy in Alabama are not happy with the state’s new immigration law.

From me @OTB:  The Extremeness of Immigration Politics in Alabama

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Sunday, October 10, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Should we be concerned about alliances between some American politicos and hypernationalist, xeniphobic European groups?   How about the general tenor of the rhetoric about Sharia and Islam being deployed in some corners of mainstream American politics?

From me @ OTB:  Cross-Atlantic Islamophobia.

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Sunday, August 22, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

In a post the other day I referred to the logic behind various acts of anti-Islamism as “scapegoating” which led to some criticism from blogger Stacy McCain.  My response is at OTB:  Yes, Blaming one Group of Muslims for the Actions of Others is, by Definition, Scapegoating.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Some people seem to think that the best guide for US principles is Saudi Arabia.  This strikes me as odd.

And hence, from me @OTB:  The Problem with Andy McCarthy’s Thought Experiment

Thursday, August 19, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Busy week equals not much writing, and what I have done over the past two days has all been at OTB:

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Tuesday, August 17, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

From me @OTB:  Polling on Cordoba House

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Sunday, August 15, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

A major part of the problem with the seemingly growing wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in some quarters of US politics is that it seems to equate Islam as “the enemy.” If that’s the case, then US foreign policy has some ‘splainin’ to do.

From me @OTB:  A Simple Question in re: Islam and US Politics.

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Saturday, August 14, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

If it was called the “Burlington Coat Factory community center” would anyone care about Cordoba House?

From me @OTB:  Cordoba House and the Power of Political Marketing

Sunday, August 8, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

From me @OTB today:

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Friday, May 14, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Speaking of Tim James (well, kinda), an e-mailer points to the following from yesterday:  Poll shows Byrne and James in dead heat for GOP nomination as Alabama governor.

The poll, commissioned by the Montgomery political strategy, media and public relations firm Public Strategy Associates, shows that Byrne and James are virtually tied. Byrne led James with 24 percent of the vote to 23 percent.

Trailing behind Byrne and James are former Chief Justice Roy Moore with 18 percent of the vote, Rep. Robert Bentley with 12 percent of the vote and Bill Johnson with 2 percent of the vote.

It is an interesting side note that Moore, despite all of his fame and notoriety, has never been able to do all that well in gubernatorial primaries, even with as open a field as I have seen in my 12ish years living in Alabama.  Of course, I think that it ultimately underscores that he is a one-trick pony, which boils down the following quote:

"For the government to acknowledge God is not a violation of the Constitution," Moore said in an interview Thursday, echoing the stand he built his career on. "To deny God is to begin to take away rights. In the long run, the welfare of our state depends on the blessings of God."

Source:  Campaign 2024: Roy Moore bases campaign for Alabama governor on years of defending faith.

As I have noted before, the notion that I, as church-attending citizen, need the government to concern itself with acknowledging God annoys me.

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