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Diversity And Homeschooling

October 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I’m not being facetious: Sometimes the double-standard on the left is so blatant that it strikes me as a ploy, an attempt to get conservatives to overreact and come across as extremists. When I first read the comments of Stanford University political science professor Rob Reich about the need for tighter regulation on home-schoolers to ensure that “children are exposed to and engaged with ideas, values, and beliefs that are different from those of the parents,” I thought it might be a set-up along those lines. (From what I can tell, Reich is not related to former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.) I thought to myself that Reich’s double-standard was so obvious that he could…Continue Reading

The Allure Of Mass Murder

October 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.” That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman. “I have noticed,” said the blog post, “that people like [Flanagan] are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who you are.” Harper-Mercer had found the key to his future, and given us a truism for our time. For the world now knows who Harper-Mercer is. We have seen his face on TV. We have read how he murdered eight students and a teacher at Umpqua Community…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Alfarabi On Civic Life And Happiness

October 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Alfarabi. The Political Writings, Volume II: The Political Regime and Summary of Plato’s Laws. Translated and annotated by Charles E. Butterworth. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2015. Butterworth’s splendid introduction to the first of these two texts provides the best introduction to Alfarabi’s metaphysics that one is likely to find. In briefly sketching the life of Alfarabi, he also draws attention to the often forgotten major centers of learning in the ancient world. Known eventually in the Arabic world as “the Second Teacher,” after Aristotle, Alfarabi was born about AD 870, we are told, in either Farab, Kazakhstan or Faryab, Turkestan. As a young man he studied jurisprudence and music in Bukhara, and later Aristotle’s logical works…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “To Polygamy — And Beyond!”

October 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For the complete Culture of Life series on homosexuality [with footnotes], e-mail him at + + + “Demand the institution [of marriage] and then wreck it. James Dobson was right about our evil intentions. We just plan to be quicker than he thought” — homosexual activist and pornographer Clinton Fein. After every major cultural shift, I like to listen to people talk. Recently, I heard my fellow churchgoers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church discuss the June Supreme Court decision forcing homosexual “marriage” on our nation. A few said that they have given up the fight, that this…Continue Reading

Selective Enforcement Is Persecution

October 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Pope Francis, on his flight to Rome following his visit to the United States, was asked if he approved of government officials who refuse to obey laws that violate their consciences. He responded, “Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right.” The Pope thus gave clear support to the stance of Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Ky. After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses for such unions. Her faith holds that same-sex marriages violate God’s law. Even though religious freedom is the first of this nation’s explicitly stated constitutional rights and the Kentucky state constitution, which she swore to uphold, defines marriage as…Continue Reading

Santorum Urges Making Difference . . . CMP Videos Had Fast Impact, Pregnancy-Center Head Says

October 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — As GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum urged people to make a difference to save this nation, the leader of a pregnancy center here told an audience that the powerful Planned Parenthood videos from the Center for Medical Progress had an instant effect. Speaking at the annual fund-raising dinner of Phoenix’s First Way Pregnancy Center, Santorum said that if people only make an effort that’s easy for them to help the United States survive, the result is, “No pain, no gain.” Shortly before the former Pennsylvania senator spoke, Christine Accurso, executive director of the pregnancy center, told the packed dining room on October 2 that the CMP videos immediately made an impact, after they began to…Continue Reading

Is Education Possible?

October 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO It may seem odd to question whether education is possible. After all, is it not true that education is going on, if not flourishing, all over North America? The question, however, is not without merit for, in far too many instances, what passes for education is not really education at all. Relativism, skepticism, and deconstructionism, to cite just a few examples, are not forms of education, despite their broad popularity. I would like to delineate two major enemies to education in our present democratic society. The first is a strong sense on the part of the student of his liberties. Yet these liberties can come into conflict with the legitimate authority of the teacher. It has been…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Giving Their Lives Over To “A Better Way”

October 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES For the past year and a half since a young man named Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo., race relations in America have been going backwards. It wasn’t so much that the racism grew again in an organic manner, but seems to have been manufactured by the government and the lapdog news media using divisive tactics to better control the American population. Professional agitators caused civil disobedience in cities where similar incidents happened, when white police officers and African-American youths came to ugly confrontations leading to a few deaths and a lot of rioting and looting. I can honestly say that while there are isolated incidents where there are racial tensions between people of different…Continue Reading

“What Is Transgenderism?”

October 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For all of the previous Culture of Life 101 articles on homosexuality, e-mail him at + + + “We psychiatrists should work to discourage those adults who seek surgical sex reassignment” — “sex-change” pioneer Dr. Paul McHugh in 2004. + + + As we have seen, “trans” activists do everything in their power to shout down, censor, and intimidate people who oppose so-called “sex change” surgery, in the same manner that homosexual activists censor opponents of special rights. As with homosexual activists, the rights of others simply do not exist for the trans activists. For example, in the…Continue Reading

War Party Targets Putin And Assad

October 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad. A longtime ally of Syria, Russia wants to preserve its toehold on the Mediterranean, help Assad repel the threat, and keep the Islamic terrorists out of Damascus. Russia is also fearful that the fall of Assad would free up the Chechen terrorists in Syria to return to Russia. In intervening to save Assad, Putin is doing exactly what we are doing to save our imperiled allies in Baghdad and Kabul. Yet Putin’s intervention has ignited an almost berserk reaction. John McCain has called for sending the Free Syrian Army surface-to-air missiles to…Continue Reading