William Murchison

William Murchison is a Dallas-based columnist for Creators Syndicate. He is completing a book on cross-currents in modern morality.

A No-Win Confrontation

 

By the start of the week, the Trump administration’s degenerate-Satanic-jackboot-sieg-heil policy of detaching from their parents the children of captured illegal border-crossers was taking on water and listing amidships: a failure of what they call “optics.” Which means the way things look, in politics most of all. You don’t do things your political opponents can […]

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Of the Baptists and the Modern World

 

I live in amity with the Southern Baptists, whose general tolerance for my fellow “Whiskey-palians” I take kindly. I wouldn’t dream of joining the media whoop-to-do over who among the Baptist faithful did what to whom, and when, and what to do now. You have read it all; I will not recount the imputations of […]

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The High Court and Religious Freedom

 

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case makes clear as day what the justices’ careful reasonings merely imply. To wit, the rights of religious freedom and free exercise thereof are anything but elephant traps along the path to cultural peace — assuming we mean, in these vexed and anxious times, […]

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Trump and ‘The Truth’

 

A once-upon-a-time voice for journalistic respectability — the Columbia Journalism Review — has consigned to the well-known hot place the notion that respectability entails letting voters rather than reporters decide whether a president is Abe Lincoln or a dirty lying rat. The Review rather leans to the latter conclusion. The Review’s daily, always (to me) absorbing look […]

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It Didn’t Use to Be This Way

 

One telling detail keeps escaping the men and women of words who would end school shootings by one expedient or another: gun control, better security, the arming of teachers, more careful vetting of potential gunmen and so forth. The detail of which I speak: We didn’t use to endure this horror. It didn’t happen. The […]

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Culture Unbalanced

 

Here’s a cute little item from the New York Times this past weekend: “Is Your Script Gender-Balanced? Try This Test.” Is your script…what? “Gender-balanced” — meaning representative of male and female presence and importance in whatever screenplay you are concocting; because you don’t want gender imbalance to stain your great idea, do you? It happens. Times writer Melena […]

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‘Authoritarians’ of All Sorts

 

“Liar,” “wacko,” “immoralist” — the reproaches Donald Trump endures, or rejoices in, are numberless. And let’s not forget “authoritarian,” an echo of leading political players stretching back to Julius Caesar. I highlight this particular reproach on account of the furor and to-do over whether Justice Anthony Kennedy should resign forthwith from the Supreme Court, affording […]

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The Cosby Backwash

 

The basic meaning of the Bill Cosby verdict — as we hear and receive it — is that the female accusers of male boors and cads and abusers are finally getting “believed” and not just written off as hysterical. Ah. Maybe so — when it comes to matters of courtroom evidence. The jury hearing the […]

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Us and Those Bushes

 

I am not here today comparing “The Bushes” to any other political tribe or family extant or extinguished! That needs fully to be understood before I open my mouth wider. The highly publicized death and burial of the family’s matriarch puts in my mind, and I hope the minds of others, a matter little remarked […]

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Paul Ryan and Freedom

 

Amid the political hoo-hah now engulfing us — special prosecutors, tell-all memoirs, calls for impeachment, Lord knows what else — the opportunity to salute Paul Ryan has a cleansing effect: like heavy-duty detergent following a food fight. The opportunity arises on account of Ryan’s understandable but saddening decision to take cold-turkey political status. He retires […]

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