By Their Fruits: A Reply to Rod Dreher

 Rod Dreher's spirited reply to my critical review of his book, The Benedict Option, has run its course. In my first reply, I defended Dreher against certain charges that struck me as being unfair. I continue to stand by them, but in this reply I'd like to move from defence to offence. I won't pretend to be in dialogue with the author, since Dreher has pledged to ignore me from here on out. Before I begin, Rebecca Bratten Weiss has anticipated the main thrust of my argument in her re … [Read more...]

The Media Treats Trump Better Than Clinton or Bush

As I've said countless times, my media intake began with 90s era Rush Limbaugh and to this day includes a real dose of right-wing stuff. In many ways, hyper-conservative media, from The EIB Network to Focus on the Family, created my basic worldview and, in my case, I don't see myself as having moved very far from its key feature: critique. Every single day from the intro segment to the skit to the commentary, I mostly listened to reasons to not only impeach Clinton, but to damn him to hell as … [Read more...]

ON PROTEST (AND THOSE WHO PROTEST AGAINST THEM)

I am continually amazed at the conveniently short memory of the vast number of the "political scientists" that post their analysis on social media. The fact is there always have been protests on inauguration day. The scale and degree, of course, varies, but the plain and simple reality is that protest, even destructive protest, is as American as the Boston Tea Party. If there were no protests on inauguration day it would be unamerican and dangerous.Indeed, revolution is one of the few d … [Read more...]

Was Baby Jesus a Refugee?

 The infant Jesus we encounter in scripture is a serious and inspiring source of interpretation and celebration. I am not a Biblical scholar, but I am aware of the litany of approaches to the interpretation of scripture, from those that rely primarily on tradition and past authority to those that take a more modern historical approach. I reject none of these out of hand, but I am of course limited to what I know. The text I am using is the New Jerusalem Bible and I will mainly work from … [Read more...]

Socialism Elected Trump!

There are people like Michael Moore who are taking consolation in the fact that Hillary won the popular vote. For one, this isn't exactly true. The only winner of the popular vote was the usual, perennial winner: the apolitical protest non-vote of the disaffected masses, who always don't vote at rates of 40 to 60 percent. Of the 50 percent or so who did vote, Hillary pulled a marginal majority.This uninspiring majority has led a number of internet geniuses to advocate abolishing the … [Read more...]

Fr. Pavone Places Human Corpse on Altar, an Offering to the Idol of Trump

Patheos Catholic has widely reported on Fr. Frank Pavone's recent stunt where he used the naked human corpse of a late-term abortion as a prop for a photo op and video on the Priests for Life Facebook page. In this case I strongly reccomend not finding the source material.This was a human body placed on an altar with candles lit around it in a last minute attempt to rally votes for Donald Trump -- all orchestrated by a Roman Catholic priest.There is a dark and macabre sacramental … [Read more...]

Raymond Arroyo and EWTN Reject Solidarity Party and Interview Trump

I graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in May 2005. The commencement speaker was perhaps the most drastic drop from quality to garbage one can experience. The scheduled speaker was originally Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who had recently become unavailable, occupied by his recent election to the seat of Peter. The substitute for Ratzinger -- the replacement for a Pope who I believe will one day be a Doctor of the Church, the best my university could do to replace Benedict XVI -- was … [Read more...]

The New Moral Minority (And Why SCOTUS Arguments Are Nonsense)

 I came into political consciousness during the 90s. Rush Limbaugh's moral testimony against the character of Bill Clinton made an enormous impression on me. In July I wrote a lengthy account of the development of my political conscience where this is detailed in full. This formation led me to consider myself part of the "moral majority," an idealism that led me to reject George W. Bush in favor of writing in Alan Keyes in my first ballot.While many think my politics have changed dra … [Read more...]

3 New Things Trump Told Us in the First Debate

Last night's presidential debate was, by comparison, a moderately composed portrait of Trump. The comparison, of course, is to the GOP primary debates where, among other things, he made reference to the size of his penis. Anyone who saw those debates was not surprised last night by Trump's lack of focus and reasoning ability, his inability to hear and answer a question, his lack of detail and poor command of policy, his childish facial expressions and repetitions, his tired refrains, his … [Read more...]

Voting is Immoral

 If one takes the view that morality is more than utilitarian, if you take the word "moral" to mean something beyond the reach of classroom ethics, into the realm of what is soulful and life-giving, if what is moral is opposed to nihilism, philistinism, and technocratic reductions to relativized objectivity, if what is moral is worth anything anymore, if we are not totally demoralized, if there is something more than an exercise in petty logic and economic calculation to morality, then … [Read more...]