Performics and BN Agree to Change Policy!

Here are some responses given by Performics and Barnes & Noble to my complaint regarding their discrimination against religious sites in their Affiliate program, comparing religion to hate speech, violence, and obscenity: First a generic letter, noting that they changed their mind and have approved me, explaining that in fact they had denied me because…

Huffington on Blackwater

Blackwater Madness: How NOT to Win Hearts and Minds in the Middle East. Last week’s Blackwater hearings provided yet another instance of how the Bush presidency has forced us to examine what kind of nation we are. Already on the table are questions like: Are we a nation that tortures people? Are we a nation…

Pittsburgh Protest against Display of Human Corpses

From a reader … Elaine Catz, was the science education coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center quit her job in June because of what her professional research unearthed about the Bodies exhibits. Recently, as she considered the fact that the production companies view even negative publicity as publicity, she decided to host a Virtual Protest.…

On Bearing Christ to the World

Today is celebrated as Columbus Day in many places. His given name, Christopher, means “Christ bearer,” and that is fitting, since he saw his voyages as making possible the evangelization of new worlds. See some reflections here from a Catholic perspective, and also a paper I wrote in 1992: The Evangelization of the Americas: St.…

Truth and Beauty

John Keats opined, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” Pope John Paul II would have agreed with that, as Alan relates in a post today, quoting from the former’s “Letter to Artists”: The link between good and beautiful stirs fruitful reflection. In a certain…

Barnes and Noble Affiliate Compares Religion to Obscenity

Update 10/8: BN and Performics have agreed to change their policy! The other day I was surprised to receive a commission check from Barnes and Noble for a link from my webpage to their affiliate program. I had actually deleted the link some time ago (back when I switched from aol to my own domain),…