Here's an interesting way to spend 46 minutes this weekend. First, a brief description:
“Jonathan Miller [the renowned English theatre and opera director, actor, and author] plays Plato's ‘Symposium’ as a picnic organized by an OxBridge don for his students. The [...] script is faithful to the drinking party recorded by Plato, [at which] Socrates asks each guest to explain the nature of love. By a series of questions, Socrates leads the guests to conclude that love is the Highest Good, and that God is love."
Originally aired 14 November 1965. Total viewing time: 46:14.
On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that an Austrian woman's conviction for disparaging religious doctrines in 2009 did not breach her freedom of speech. The ECHR said Austrian courts had "carefully balanced [the woman's] right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected."
In 2011, a Vienna court convicted the woman for having called the prophet of Islam a pedophile and ordered her to pay a fine (plus attorney's fees), a ruling that was later upheld by an Austrian appeals court. In its decision last week, the ECHR said the appellate court ruling was appropriate, as it had "served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace."
This is another blow against European freedom of speech by the ECHR. Sohrab Ahmari, formerly of The Wall Street Journal Europe and now a writer at Commentary, had this to say the day after the ECHR's abominable decision:
Today is the centennial of the birth of the conservative thinker and American man of letters, Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 - April 29, 1994).
The excerpt below is from an article about Kirk by Matthew Continetti, editor in chief of the Washington Free Beacon.
We are slowly beginning to make preparations for a Spring launch of what we hope will be our online site -- one which will be easy to read and navigate. In the meantime, we will be making slight adjustments to this scrappy little Weebly site in order to begin to experiment with some of the basic elements and features that we hope the final site -- which shall be professionally developed -- will include.
When we first set up this no-frills website a few years ago, we saw it as a temporary thing: a place to make available the online edition of the latest or most current edition, as well as a place to archive the PDFs of all our back issues. We then added a 'form' so that prospective writers, as well as others interested in future subscriptions, could contact us. Today, with this very simple blog post, we begin the slow process of making changes, adding pages, and generally re-thinking our online presence -- and the kind of 'services' (i.e. information, news, and opinions) that we seek to make available to our worldwide readers.
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