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The Shame of Religious Persecution

 

Religious differences run deep in our pluralistic world. It may come as no surprise that such disagreements sometimes end up in violence. Yet that rarely is the case in what might be called Christendom. Indeed, in large part, there is little discrimination let alone persecution against spiritual minorities in majority Christian nations. The exceptions tend […]

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Will Palestinian Christians Survive Another Christmas?

 

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of rejoicing and being together with the ones you love. But in the city where it all began, it is coming dangerously close to being celebrated for the last time. In Bethlehem, along with the rest of the Palestinian-controlled territories, the Christian population is dwindling rapidly as […]

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Israel Is the Last Hope for Christians in the Middle East

 

“If Christianity [in the Middle East] survives, it will not be because of any interest taken by Christians in our part of the world, but rather because the State of Israel, the people of Israel, and conscientious Jews everywhere are dedicated to saving it,” said Dr. Paul Merkley, Professor of History at Carleton University, last […]

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Christian Iraq’s Iwo Jima

 

After a week of hard fighting last month, Iraqi government forces drove ISIS from the town of Bartella, liberating a stronghold of Iraqis who belong to the Assyrian Orthodox Church. In their euphoria, Christian militia, who call themselves the Nineveh Plains Force, used two broken pieces of lumber to cobble together a cross. They climbed […]

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Donald Trump and the Great Evangelical Compromise

 

“If Hillary Clinton is elected,” began a passionate evangelical acquaintance to me over breakfast, “Christianity in America is over. America is over.” This cheery start to my morning served only to make my already burnt coffee that much more bitter. The anxiety such a statement expresses is common among evangelical voters. A few days later […]

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Triggered by a Catholic Voter Guide

 

Mr. Thomas Farragher of the Boston Globe recently coughed up a hairball that explains why “ministers of hospitality” at my Catholic parish make sure the rest of us cannot find church bulletins before Mass on Sundays. Farragher admitted to his habit of picking up the weekly bulletin on the way into rather than out of […]

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Should a Catholic Vote for Hillary or Trump?

 

Homily preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (EF), 16 October 2016, at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan. Almighty God has been very good  in giving us as the day’s Gospel passage that of Our Lord’s famous admonition to “render to Caesar what is […]

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Hillary’s Abortion Doctor

 

When asked in the last presidential debate what she wanted in a Supreme Court justice, Hillary Clinton did not hesitate to go to abortion. “I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose,” affirmed Mrs. Clinton, to no one’s surprise. There is nothing more sacrosanct to […]

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The Sexism of Liberal Diversity: United Airlines Bans Woman from Sitting Next to Muslim Men

 

Recently, a female oil executive took a United flight where she was told that she’d have to move because the Pakistani men next to her could not see, talk to or be near a woman. Rather then telling these gentlemen to come into the modern world and get over their closed mindedness, United made the […]

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September 11th: Where Do We Go From Here?

 

September 11th feels like yesterday. The towers on fire. The buildings collapsing on live TV. The Pentagon hit. The horror of Flight 93. The sense that war was upon us and nowhere was safe. In the days following, here in the Houston suburbs, the roads hushed. Work stopped. Towns were stunned into silence. There were […]

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