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Old Books And Classics

November 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Old Books And Classics

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I hesitate to open this topic for discussion, since whatever side I take is likely to anger or disappoint a good portion of those reading the column. The topic I have in mind is the question of whether it is wise to include the “classics” among the required reading assignments for high school students, or stick to more modern books that the students will find easier to read and understand, with the goal of developing in them a love of the written word. The problem is that there is a difference between books that are genuinely classics and those that are merely old, and that sincere and intelligent people will disagree about where to draw that…Continue Reading

Government Health Insurance Up, Freedom Down

November 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Government Health Insurance Up, Freedom Down

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY “We’ve agreed that our health reform bill will promote choice,” President Barack Obama said on July 21, 2009. “Americans will be able to compare the price and quality of different plans and pick the plan that they want,” he said. “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it,” he said. “Let me repeat that: If you like your plan, you will be able to keep it,” he said. He apparently wanted Americans to remember that — at least until Congress enacted his Affordable Care Act. Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released an analysis of the Obamacare insurance exchanges that indicates there will be five states in 2017 where only one…Continue Reading

Jack T. Chick And His Dangerous Little Comics

November 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Jack T. Chick And His Dangerous Little Comics

By REY FLORES This past week the famous, or rather infamous, Jack T. Chick passed away at the age of 92. Chick, as you may know, is the fundamentalist writer, artist, and publisher of those curious little religious comic-book tracts you have probably found on top of a gumball machine at the grocery store, at the gas pump, or even in a public restroom. How many of us haven’t been handed one of these silly little tracts by some poor lost soul who truly believes he is trying to save our souls? Usually when a practicing Catholic hears or reads the name of Jack T. Chick, he is usually repelled by him and his tracts and with good reason. Catholics…Continue Reading

Let’s Make America Tolerable Again

October 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Let’s Make America Tolerable Again

By PETER MAURICE In the days leading up to the second presidential debate in St. Louis, and those following it, news outlets obsessed over a single story: Donald Trump had talked dirty to Billy Bush, cousin of “W,” about women. There he was, solid as a rock, dense as a doorknob, flaunting the arrogance of a “star.” After Jack, and Lyndon, and Bill, one might have believed America callused to crude carnal speech, but Trump’s grossness made even his most loyal supporters cringe. The “counter-puncher” held a pre-debate press conference with a representative sampling of women who had repulsed Bill Clinton’s attentions — including rape. Trump’s attempt to neutralize the lopsided coverage failed utterly. Hillary may have sounded a bit…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan Beams With Corrupt Hillary . . . But What If Mr. Borderbrat Wants A Place At The Table?

October 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan Beams With Corrupt Hillary . . . But What If Mr. Borderbrat Wants A Place At The Table?

By DEXTER DUGGAN Dream a little. Try your imagination. Donald Trump didn’t win the Republican presidential nomination after all. Trump claimed to be against massive illegal immigration, but was he telling the truth or only playing for votes on a popular issue? Republican-primary voters demanded the real deal, someone who already proved his opposition to the unending border lawbreaking. So, according to this dream, let’s say they nominated for president a nationally well-known civilian border-watcher whose team kept their binoculars busy to report illegal immigrants trying to violate the international line. This guy’s opponents gave him the epithet “Mr. Borderbrat.” Now, a lot of establishment figures and liberals didn’t like Mr. Borderbrat disagreeing with their borderless visions. But it’s reality…Continue Reading

An Establishment In Panic

October 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on An Establishment In Panic

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.” “That’s horrifying,” said Clinton, setting off a chain reaction on the post-debate panels with talking heads falling all over one another in purple-faced anger, outrage, and disbelief. “Disqualifying!” was the cry on Clinton cable. “Trump Won’t Say If He Will Accept Election Results,” wailed The New York Times. “Trump Won’t Vow to Honor Results,” ran the banner in The Washington Post. But what do these chattering classes and establishment bulletin boards think the Donald is going to do if he falls short of…Continue Reading

Martin Luther Series . . . Sola Scriptura Part 1

October 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Martin Luther Series . . . Sola Scriptura Part 1

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Not In My Locker Room

October 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Not In My Locker Room

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A string of athletes and people associated with professional sports — extending from basketball superstar LeBron James to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — rushed to the microphone to proclaim that no one in their locker rooms engages in the coarse language about women that Donald Trump used on tape with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in early October, the comments that Trump labeled “locker-room talk.” I have never been in a professional sports team’s locker rooms, but I have been in locker rooms or similar settings with men, for more than 60 years, from high school to when I was a member of Catholic men’s groups in parishes from the Bronx, to Westchester County, to…Continue Reading

Cognitive Dissonance On Our Side?

October 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Cognitive Dissonance On Our Side?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The psychologists define cognitive dissonance as the “mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time.” I think I might have a case of it. I think that many other Catholics with traditional views have it as well. I am hoping that readers of this column may be able to clear up my confusion. Here’s what puzzles me: The people I agree with on educational issues — media figures, writers, people I meet in my everyday life — are opposed to the rise of political correctness on our college campuses. They are impatient with the college leftists who shout down opposing points of view,…Continue Reading

Who Ya Gonna Vote For?

October 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Ya Gonna Vote For?

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Imagine a terrorist attack in which all the men, women, and children in the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota were killed. As horrendous as this would be, fewer people would have been slaughtered than the number of children aborted in the United States in the last eight years. The abominations to the sanctity of human life and the indifference to the teachings of the Catholic Church in this period extend well beyond abortion. There have been restrictions on religious liberty, coercion of individual conscience, the approval of same-sex marriage, a growing legality of physician-assisted suicide, sanctions on public prayer, the creation of special “rights” for…Continue Reading