William Murchison

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

Hurray for Justice-to-Be Kavanaugh

 

Into the slough, the swamp, the quagmire called 21st-century American life walks the prospective Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh: Lord help him, even while helping 21st-century America get its act together. Maybe. You can hope. However… Americans, some time ago, ceased tolerating each other: stopped giving each other the benefit of the doubt in most […]

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Roe v. Wade and the Confusion of Sen. Collins

 

Neat! We know what the Supreme Court debate is all about — the debate, that is to say, over who shall take retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat. The debate is about abortion. Declares Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican moderate from Maine, whose vote could prove essential to confirmation of whatever nominee the White House puts […]

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The View From the Pigsty

 

Yes, all right; what’s this, in the 242nd year of American independence? Something about a restaurant? A verbal brawl resulting from same? The president seen as cause? Nobody said modern life is easy or fun. Our fascination, nevertheless, with the ejection of the presidential press secretary from a Virginia restaurant shows just how out of kilter […]

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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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