A totalitarianism masquerading as beneficence

Novelist and former Time editor Michael Walsh has published a new book entitled The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West.  It’s about how critical theory–the notion that all cultural and linguistic expressions are to be “deconstructed” as mere impositions of power–has brought Western thought to the point of nihilism.  Kathryn Lopez interviews Walsh at National Review Online.  Read the whole thing, but I excerpt after the jump an exchange about how the radical left has become “Satanic” and how the canons of “political correctness” are being used, in the Marxist way, to suppress thought.  I especially like Walsh’s line about how the left has become “a totalitarianism masquerading as beneficence.”
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A better outsider

If you want  a political outsider for president, instead of supporting a character, why not support one who has character?  That is to say, Ben Carson.

Rich Lowry makes the case for Carson–who has been gaining on and in some cases has surpassed Donald trump in the polls, even as he leaves behind the more conventional candidates–after the jump. [Read more...]

Non-politicians for president

Two of the leading presidency candidates in the polls right now are Donald Trump and Ben Carson.  Another increasingly popular candidate is Carly Fiorina.  The presidency would be the first elected office for each of them.

Clearly, the public is sick of politicians, so these political outsiders have great appeal.  But isn’t some experience in government helpful for someone in the top office?  [Read more...]

Support for Rubio surges among evangelical leaders

World Magazine has been surveying the candidate preferences of over 100 evangelical leaders.  As we blogged about a month ago, their pick was Marco Rubio.  Today that support is even greater, with 53% of the churchmen saying he is their #1 or #2 choice.  The support for Jeff Bush, though, has plummeted.

And Donald Trump is at the very bottom of Republican contenders, with only 5% saying he is #1 or #2, and 81% saying they would never vote for him.  That’s rather different from rank-and-file evangelicals, 23% of whom support Trump, though Ben Carson–that other outsider who is also near the top of the polls–has passed him with that demographic at 29%.  Carson, the African-American surgeon who is a devout Christian of the Seventh Day Adventist tradition, must not be forgotten. [Read more...]

Donald Trump to meet with Prosperity Gospel preachers

Donald Trump will be meeting with a “select” group of evangelical pastors in an event organized by television evangelist Paula White, a woman who is the senior pastor of her megachurch and who teaches the “prosperity gospel.[Read more...]

When Christian voters support the least Christian candidate

There once was a time when evangelical voters favored candidates who were Christians and who modeled “family values.”  Today the favorite candidate among evangelical voters is someone who says he has never repented of his sins, has been married three times, brags about his sexual conquests, and has made much of his fortune by building gambling casinos.

At least those who once called themselves “the moral majority” can no longer be accused of being “judgmental” in their politics.

Is this indifference to a candidate’s faith and morals a sign of political maturity in the Christian right?

Or is it the end of the Christian right, with its members caring more about such issues as immigration more than they do moral or religious issues? [Read more...]