April 26, 2019

Rand’s bad guys want to destroy the world for no reason at all. Read more

April 24, 2019

Like many people, I was riveted to social media last week, following news of the massive fire at Notre Dame de Paris. When so many other old alliances and certainties are crumbling, it felt like an apocalyptic sign of the times to watch one of the world’s most famous buildings engulfed in flames. (If I were a Christian, I’d have to seriously wonder what message God was sending by burning it down just a few days before Easter.) Fortunately, when… Read more

April 22, 2019

By James A. Haught This is the eighth segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types. Cults are the ugly stepchildren of religion, usually one-man churches run by lone gurus. And they often produce horrors. Here are some: JONESTOWN The most sensational cult catastrophe was the horrific 1978 mass suicide of 900 gullible believers at Jonestown, Guyana. Paranoid preacher Jim Jones had built a throng of obedient followers in California, where he tricked,… Read more

April 19, 2019

The classic monologue where the bad guy reveals his evil plan. Read more

April 17, 2019

At its best, America has been a promise and a haven for immigrants from all over the world. We’ve been a beacon of hope for millions of people who shared the dream of making a better life for themselves. But side by side with that liberal spirit, like a serpent coiled at the base of a tree, this country has always nurtured an undercurrent of racism and hate. There have always been those who wanted to slam the borders shut,… Read more

April 15, 2019

By James A. Haught This is the seventh segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types. Back in 1986, I went with an editor group to Northern Ireland, where we saw religio-political horror in full bloom. Belfast “interface streets” between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods had 20-foot-high “peace walls” – barricades to prevent snipers on either side from shooting families on the other side. But they didn’t prevent Molotov cocktails from being lobbed across… Read more

April 12, 2019

How dare you accuse me of doing something I actually did! Read more

April 10, 2019

The latest milestone: U.S. nonbelievers are in a statistical tie for largest demographic. Read more

April 8, 2019

By James A. Haught This is the sixth segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types. Faith conflicts have factored in many deadly civil wars. Here are a few: ENGLAND England’s horrible civil war in the mid-1600s involved early steps toward democracy, with landed gentry in an incipient Parliament seeking some powers against the “divine right” of King Charles I. But the war also was riddled with religion. It began when Charles tried… Read more

April 5, 2019

Ayn Rand is steadfastly uninterested in what happens to the people who were about to move into the housing project that her hero destroys. Read more

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