Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Upon seeing this headline, I clicked to see what I thought would be an article on problems that challenged mathematicians, but that's not at all what this article is about. Instead, it's about math problems that challenge ordinary people's understanding – and it's quite well explained and illustrated. About half of these problems are some I'd run across before as brain teasers; the other half were new to me. All were interesting and illuminating. Recommended reading!
So says Mark Steyn, on the occasion of a particularly galling ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court. Mr. Steyn has a short piece on the ruling, with this conclusion:
...In Canada, the law denies "the right to say his piece" to the likes of Bill Whatcott, a man who believes that homosexuals are sinners and in need of God's grace and forgiveness, but it has no objection to those who think homosexuals are evil and should be put to death. Mr. Philips need never fear the scrutiny of the "human rights" commission, or the cost of ten-year legal battles.But do go read the whole thing...
No homosexual needs the state's protection from Bill Whatcott. But all of us need protection from nitwit jurists blithely sacrificing core Western liberties to ideological compliance. It's not about Left vs. Right, gay vs. straight, religious vs. secular; it's about free vs. unfree. And on that most profound question, Canada's supreme court is on the wrong side. Nuts to them.