Quotes of the day:

Friday, January 12, 2007 at 06:14 PM

As years go it has hardly been a great commercial for the idea that religion is balm for the soul.

Depressingly it has rather reinforced the impression, developed over the centuries, that religious belief only deepens and strengthens Man's propensity for hatred and self-destruction.

Gerard Baker, in The Peninsula, Qatar's English language daily.


Criminalizing statistically normal behavior trivializes lawbreaking.
Mark A.R. Kleiman (full text available only to subscribers), in Dopey, Boozy, Smoky--and Stupid, from the January/February issue of The American Interest, discussing the foolishness of the "war on drugs."