“Feminist Enemy Number One”

AEI C. H. Sommers

  I've long admired Christina Hoff Sommers, and perhaps more now than ever: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/feminist-enemy-number-one_952624.html The forces of secular progressive tolerance are often extraordinarily intolerant.   … [Read more...]

“The Fall of Sirte Makes ISIS in Libya a Mediterranean Power”

A Libyan map

   You've been hearing, most likely, about the recent successes of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq.  And they've been considerable. Perhaps you've heard today that the "Islamic State" has now announced its intention to "liberate" Baghdad itself. But don't imagine that this nihilistic death-cult is operating only in Syria and Iraq. No, no, no. If … [Read more...]

New Testament 168

Millstones in Haifa

  Matthew 18:6-9Mark 9:42-50Compare Matthew 5:13; Luke 14:34-35, 17:1-2 1. The plan of salvation requires "opposition" or "offenses," yes.  But there will be no awards handed out to those who, through their treachery, betrayal, greed, ambition, hatred, and other unrighteous motives, create those offenses and that opposition. 2. The language of plucking out eyes and cutting off hands isn't meant literally, but it … [Read more...]

“What’s the most efficient language?”

A Klingon fellow

  Here's a short article about a really interesting study regarding which of the world's major languages delivers information most efficiently: http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/06/whats_the_most_efficient_language.html Honestly, I confess to being just a tiny bit surprised by the results.   … [Read more...]

“Dilbert” and my online commenters

Mr. Scott Adams

  Thanks to Cate SB for bringing to my attention a "Dilbert" comic strip that precisely, absolutely, perfectly captures the nature of some of those who respond to my blog and my newspaper columns: http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-07 It's uncanny how well this depicts my experience with such folks over many years now. I'm running this one off for future use.   … [Read more...]

“Why should we support traditional marriage?”

German stamp of seated Egyptian couple

  Advocates of retaining the millennia-old definition of marriage as by nature heterosexual are on the defensive everywhere, and it doesn't always help that, for many, their principal reason for resisting the current juggernaut for redefinition rests on either the "eeew" or "ick" factor or on some variant of "because the Bible [or the Prophet] says so." Such reasons easily dismissed by triumphalist secular progressives as irrational. This site m … [Read more...]

“Victim of Christian education claims U.S. ‘founded on gospel of Jesus Christ’”

Paranoia, middle size

  From the summary, I'm guessing that I myself might not completely agree with absolutely everything she said -- or, at least, with precisely how she said it: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/06/victim-of-christian-education-claims-u-s-founded-on-gospel-of-jesus-christ/?ref_widget=trending But please notice the extraordinary rhetoric of this brief reaction to her: "Victim," "dangers," "brainwashed," " … [Read more...]

“Christianity favors recognition of equal value of all human beings”

A portrait of Paul by El Greco

   The ever-interesting Ralph Hancock takes a brief look at the pivotal role played by Christianity in the development of Western moral thinking: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865630344/Christianity-favors-recognition-of-equal-value-of-all-human-beings.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]