Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.
Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.
Ireland has the great opportunity to show how much it values equality, how seriously it takes human and civil rights. The people's support is not just needed in an abstract way -- we're being called upon to actively engage in the extension of so central an institution as marriage.
It is no longer simply a question of left versus right or nationalism versus xenophobia. Today, the choice in increasingly between old world versus new world, and a future which envisions participation in the EU versus one that does not.
This has been a very rough year for Iceland, and it's not likely to get better anytime soon. The public's anger continues to grow, and it would not be surprising if this winter sees a repeat of last winter's uprising.