Leaders of the Islamic groups held last Sunday a joint congress with the main agenda to establish an organized movement to fight against the ongoing ‘Christianization’ attempt in the city.
In comportment and style, Byrd often seemed a Senate throwback to a courtlier 19th century. He could recite poetry, quote the Bible, discuss the Constitutional Convention and detail the Peloponnesian Wars – and frequently did in Senate debates.
Similarly, we hope Ms. Kagan had a few sleepless nights if she was in on the Justice Department’s decision to urge the Supreme Court not to take the case of Maher Arar, the innocent Canadian engineer whom the Bush administration sent off to be tortured in Syria. Solicitors general have disagreed or argued with presidents, and it would be nice to know that she did so in cases like these.
Her greatest crime isn’t that she’s maturing too quickly: it’s that it’s unclear where she wants to go.
If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president.
The paradox of Robert C. Byrd’s life — and the reason his death was recognized by his Senate colleagues as so significant a milestone — is the balance he struck between the parochial and the profound.