Post-Election Political Discourse Tips for Beginners

Tip #1: If you wish to protest the provision in the US Constitution that's designed to prevent mob rule, forming a violent mob is not the most convincing way to make your case.Tip #2: You are of course well aware that the egregious post-election behavior on the part of a few unsavory characters who happened to have supported your candidate is the exception, not the rule.  It follows that the same is true of those bad apples on your opponent's side as well.Artwork: "Bursting the B … [Read more...]

Immigration Policy and the Moral Law

“You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor." Leviticus 19:15 This month over at (the extremely right-leaning) Chronicles magazine, Karina Rollins is reporting on the epidemic of sexual assaults committed by migrants in Germany.  To recap the situation, a few links from across the spectrum:Here's a detailed report from the Gatestone Institute - useful because of the summary of inc … [Read more...]

When Mere Christianity Meets Black Lives Matter

My Anglican friend Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest posts here, offered me a reprint well worth your time.  Read through to the end.Outwitted and Ignorant: The Problem of “Black Lives Matter” Posted on July 11, 2016 by ScottSome days I think Paul was a bit too optimistic. For example, in II Corinthians he wrote: So I beg you to reaffirm your love…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (II Cor. 2:8,11)The fact is we seem to be … [Read more...]

The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

Holiday Despair and the Meaning of Christmas

Years ago my husband had a business trip to Milan, and he went to church while he was there.  A local colleague tried to puzzle out this behavior, for it wasn't mere tourism.  "But nothing is wrong with you," he protested.  "You are young, healthy, intelligent, educated, successful. Why would you go to church?"  Church was where the old and the poor and the disabled went -- people who were desperate.  People who needed consolation.He wasn't entirely wrong.The "Holiday Season," as we call … [Read more...]

Paris and the Battle for the World

In the wake of the attacks on the city of Paris, I was glued to the news.  As I followed commentators at France 24,where they were running live coverage all night in the immediate aftermath of the events, several comments in succession caught my attention.The first was the observation that the style of the attacks -- noted in the hours before any of the perpetrators had been identified -- was typical of something out of Pakistan or Afghanistan.  This could, the analyst explained, be just as e … [Read more...]

Catholic Life Hacks: Truly Last Minute Saint Costume

If you have a group of children who need a saint costume, stat, ask if anyone can lend you some red lip gloss.In the hands of a skilled teenager, you can have a company of martyrs of the French Revolution in no time at all.  Hint: A white t-shirt is maybe not the best combination, when you are going for the freshly-decapitated look.  Thank goodness for bleach. ***Of course for pure All-Hallow's-Eve report-giving pleasure, you want a martyr of the Roman Empire.  No really: When she said a … [Read more...]