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Unserious Nation

November 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Unserious Nation

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving? How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”? To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic. Today’s great question seems to be whether our 45th president is as serious a sexual predator as our 42nd was proven to be, and whether the confessed sins of Sen. Al Franken are as great as the alleged sins of Judge Roy Moore. On both questions, the divide is, as ever, along partisan lines. And every day for weeks, beginning with…Continue Reading

Education, Adoration, And A USCCB Election

November 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Education, Adoration, And A USCCB Election

By SHAUN KENNEY Mr. M from Arizona helpfully offers two amazing bits of insight as to the times, both of which are directed entirely at the modern system of education. The first quote comes from Voddie Baucham, a preacher, pastor, and father: “We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.” Quite apt given the times. For one, I am quite thankful that my children lounge around in sweatshirts and jeans while others spend $100 for shoes they will grow out of in six months. Certainly, we have our dresses and suit jackets, and know how to wear a collared shirt in public. Yet for the menagerie of…Continue Reading

Elementary, My Dear Watson

November 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Elementary, My Dear Watson

By JOHN YOUNG “The theory of evolution itself, a theory universally accepted not because it can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.” This famous statement by scientist Dr. D.M.S. Watson appeared in a 1929 article titled “Adaption,” in the journal Nature. Dr. Watson was an eminent scientist, a professor of zoology and comparative anatomy. His statement is often used by Creationists to support the contention that evolution is held to be true not because of the evidence but because God is rejected. Evolutionists have disputed this claim of the Creationists, pointing out that Watson in fact considered that there is solid scientific evidence for evolution. They also…Continue Reading

Medical-Ethics Director… Tells Catholic Physicians’ Gathering Of False And True Applications Of Conscience

November 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Medical-Ethics Director… Tells Catholic Physicians’ Gathering Of False And True Applications Of Conscience

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although much is said today about following one’s conscience, the struggle between choosing right or wrong goes right back to Adam and Eve. The Bible “has a lot of stories where people exercise their conscience,” starting with the Garden of Eden, a priest with a recently formed religious order told a gathering of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix. If people didn’t have free will, they wouldn’t need a conscience to point them toward choosing correctly, said Fr. Ignatius Mazanowski, chaplain to the physicians’ group and director of medical ethics for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. His presentation on November 11 lasted nearly an hour and a half in a meeting room at diocesan headquarters.…Continue Reading

How Gender Identity Is Hurt By Bathroom “Equality”

November 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on How Gender Identity Is Hurt By Bathroom “Equality”

By MIKE MANNO The Obama administration on May 13, 2016 set off a time-bomb. The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice sent letters to school administrators across the country informing them that they might be in violation of the law, and thus put their federal funding in jeopardy, if they did not allow students to use the locker and restroom facilities consistent with their “gender identity.” The letters, of course, contained the usual amount of liberal pabulum: Students need not supply any medical or psychological necessity to use the opposite-sex restroom — just tell the teacher — and needless to say, to respect the “privacy” of the…Continue Reading

But Elite Foes Always Pick A Bone . . . Conservatives Have Reasons For Gratitude On Thanksgiving

November 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on But Elite Foes Always Pick A Bone . . . Conservatives Have Reasons For Gratitude On Thanksgiving

By DEXTER DUGGAN Item One “The Republican Party is dying,” says the executive director of the Democratic National Committee. “The old theory that parties go up and down in cycles doesn’t apply now. The Republican Party can’t bounce back any more. It has the brain wave of a dead person.” The executive director of the Republican National Committee replies that he can’t say the Democrat is wrong. The Republicans, he says, “were beaten, and beaten so badly. We actually lost seats, and none of us expected that. The thing is, we did the very best we could. By and large, we were so pleased with our candidates. We spent enough money. “But we lost. We cannot survive another decade like…Continue Reading

Thank You, David Boren

November 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Thank You, David Boren

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “When you were accused, it was news but it wasn’t true. Now you’re cleared — that’s true, but it isn’t news” — previous Washington Post Ombudsman. + + + In case you haven’t noticed, The Washington Post hates with a vengeance. “The story must be told,” brags its website, but truth might be another matter. According to the Post, I should be getting out of jail about now. Thirty-one years ago, when I was a staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee working for Chairman Jesse Helms, a Reagan State Department official accused me of treason. Well, that’s what it amounted to. He told the Senate Intelligence Committee that I had leaked information with the…Continue Reading

Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia

November 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours. Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment. Among the 200 Saudis he just had arrested for criminal corruption are 11 princes, the head of the National Guard, the governor of Riyadh, and the famed investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The Saudi tradition of consensus collective rule is being trashed. MBS is said…Continue Reading

Obstacles To Teaching Genesis 1-3

November 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Obstacles To Teaching Genesis 1-3

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + I am saying nothing shocking or even surprising when I observe that most young Catholics believe the opening of Genesis to be legendary, even mythological. Informed by modern science and fearful of looking like ignorant fundamentalists, young Catholic have largely given up believing that the creation account, the description of man’s creation and fall, have any historical content. These same students do not realize that essentials of the faith are lost if Genesis is the stuff of legend. One way that well-intentioned religion teachers (both in the parish and the school) have…Continue Reading

Where Have All The Fathers Gone?

November 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Where Have All The Fathers Gone?

By MIKE MANNO Like most political bodies, our local school board gets its share of criticism. How are students doing? What percentages are functioning at grade-level? Are the graduation rates acceptable? What about minority students and those from low-income families? And the list goes on. The response by school officials is usually to break down the statistics and present numerical evidence to show that the district is operating in an acceptable range. Thus we are treated to how many students read, do math, and science at grade-levels, and the number of dropouts each year, and how the district’s minority and low-income students are doing. They give you numbers, graphs, and pie charts to make their point. But I have always…Continue Reading