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Scholar Says . . . Sectarian Violence Endangers Egyptian Heritage

January 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Scholar Says . . . Sectarian Violence Endangers Egyptian Heritage

By ANN SCHNEIBLE ROME (ZENIT) — The increase in sectarian violence against Egypt’s Christian communities endangers not only the country’s ancient Christian heritage, but also the cultural, social, and political dimensions of society. This was one of the assertions made by political scientist and sociologist Mariz Tadros, one of the 30 experts invited to speak on the theme of religious freedom at an international conference: “Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” The conference, which took place over the weekend of December 14, was organized by Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project, in collaboration with the Acton Institute, and hosted by the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.

Obama Throws Fidel A Rope

January 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Obama Throws Fidel A Rope

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami told you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross before his Communist jailers killed him, along with an American spy, in exchange for three members of a Cuban espionage ring. Had we left it at that, the deal would have been fine. But Obama threw in an admission that all nine presidents before him pursued a “failed policy.” Calling for recognition of the Castro regime as the legitimate government of Cuba, Obama said, “Isolation has not worked.” “Not worked”? What is he talking about? Isolating…Continue Reading

The Knockout Game

December 31, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Knockout Game

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you are a viewer of the Fox News Channel — the programs hosted by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, and Greta Van Susteren, especially — you know what the “knockout game” is. The station has given great emphasis to the video clips of young black men approaching white passersby and knocking them to the ground with a single blow to the face; the objective of the assailants is to prove their manhood and earn some chuckles from their peers by rendering the victim unconscious with one sucker punch. Yeah: real tough guys. The film clips are available because the assailants post the videos on the Internet, in an attempt to garner admiration for their…Continue Reading

How Much Of Your Life Should Government Track?

December 30, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on How Much Of Your Life Should Government Track?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The zeal and expertise of the federal government in using modern technology is not evenly distributed across all its functions — legitimate and otherwise. Our government cannot build a web site to efficiently sell insurance to people whom it has compelled by law to buy insurance, but it can collect the domestic phone records of Americans and store them for years in a massive database. That database is theoretically so efficient — as opposed to the Obamacare web site — that the government can use it to track down terrorists operating clandestinely in the United States. “Through targeted computerized searches of those metadata records, the NSA tries to discern connections between terrorist organizations and previously unknown…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Fatally Flawed Portrayal Of Jesus

December 29, 2013 Frontpage 1 Comment

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Killing Jesus: A History, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Henry Holt and Company (New York: 2013); 304 pages. The authors of this bestseller are the well-known TV pundit of The Factor on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, and screenwriter Martin Dugard who have collaborated on the bestsellers Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. In Killing Jesus, they confess themselves Catholics who were educated in religious schools and say they are “historical investigators” who have written a “fact-based book” on Jesus of Nazareth, having sought, moreover, to “separate fact from myth” (p. 273) in the life of “the most influential man who ever lived” (p. 1). They declare: “We have the narrative of the Gospels. But this is not…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Doctor Shows . . . How Abortionists Toss Facts In Trash Along With Babies

December 28, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Pro-Life Doctor Shows . . . How Abortionists Toss Facts In Trash Along With Babies

By DEXTER DUGGAN In the blood-drenched world of permissive abortion, suppression of fact is as routine as destruction of innocent human life. While its aging defenders say abortion helps their daughters and granddaughters, they never seem to notice that tens of millions of the aborted infants are female, too — their own granddaughters and great-granddaughters, who don’t benefit at all from the procedure. Nor does it seem to occur to the abortion champions that they, too, once were unborn babies whose lives, to listen to their own words, were of no consequence whatever, valueless, and could have been terminated at the snap of a finger. Could they actually believe that about their own existence? The abortion movement, much like the…Continue Reading

The Greatest Gift

December 27, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Greatest Gift

By REY FLORES Alcoholism is a killer, as many Catholic heroes have told us while providing the answers to the problem through their own lives and examples. For many of us during the holidays, we are invited to parties, get-togethers, and other events where alcohol may be served, and that is fine for some, but definitely not for all. For the alcoholic, it’s always “the holidays” — no party invitation needed. Alcoholics don’t need an excuse or a reason to drink. Drinking is many times the only option, or so some like to think. We might say, “I’m stressed,” or “it helps me deal with a problem,” or “nobody understands me,” as excuses, weak ones at that, to overindulge in…Continue Reading

Is Putin One Of Us?

December 26, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Putin One Of Us?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative? In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us? While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president’s state of the nation address. With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered.” “They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views, and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Translation: While privacy and freedom of thought, religion, and speech are cherished rights, to equate traditional marriage and same-sex marriage is to equate good with evil.

Thank God For Christmas

December 25, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Thank God For Christmas

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It could be that I am thinking more about what we will experience in the afterlife now that I am over 70, but — you will have to take my word for this — it is something I have batted around in my mind since my early teens. I accept fully Jesus’ promise of an eternal reward for those who believe in Him and follow His word, in a place he described on the cross as “Paradise” to the Good Thief. (I accept as well His warning of an eternal punishment for those who reject Him and live evil lives.) But ever since some Dominican nun informed me in elementary school that it is not a…Continue Reading

Christmas 1945: Peace At Last

December 24, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas 1945: Peace At Last

By MICHAEL D. HULL Finally, as the Christmas season of 1945 arrived, the world was at peace. True, there would be many lesser conflicts and tensions in the coming decades, but World War II — the most far-reaching and devastating period in recorded history — had ended with victory for the Allied democracies. Spirits were high. Fifty-seven Allied and Axis countries had been involved, and the six-year war claimed an estimated 15 million military personnel killed and missing, and twice that number of civilian deaths from bombings, starvation, drownings, and murder.