To my fellow Secular Humanists, farewell. The party is almost over. The Axis of Absolutism has us in their sights. They haven’t launched a preemptive war in several months, and they’re getting antsy. Remember when the smoking gun would be a mushroom cloud? We’re next. The new rallying cry is “dictatorship of relativism.” So long, global hegemony (well, sort of). Where is George Orwell when we need him?
About the Image: On the White House South Lawn, 13,500 people greeted the pope, along with a 21-gun salute, a fife-and-drum band, two rounds of “Happy Birthday,” and Kathleen Battle singing the Lord’s Prayer. [Photo by Stephen Crowley/NYT]