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A Hero’s Sacrifice: Arnaud Beltrame


Last Friday morning, the small towns of Carcassonne and Trèbes in southern France were terrorized for several hours. The terror started when a local criminal hijacked a car in Carcassonne, killing the driver. He then began shooting at off-duty police officers, injuring one of them. After this, the attacker drove to Trèbes and held up […]

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Slowing Down to Consider Sin


Passover and Easter coincide which means that most of the nation is slowing down simultaneously and taking time to reflect on themselves, on God, on freedom, on slavery, on sin. Jewish people prepare by cleaning their homes and ridding it of leaven and the week will culminate in the Passover supper which commemorates freedom from […]

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Three Food Pantries


A friend called and he sounded dejected. He had just done something he’d never done before — he went to a food pantry. My friend is on disability and lives in a subsidized studio apartment. He pays rent, and has the usual bills. But before his next check arrived, he ran out of money, then […]

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Who’s the Greatest Songwriter of All Time?


Let’s think about how we would answer this question. Maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda for his marvelous, creative, catchy musical Hamilton with its 47 songs? Well maybe it’s premature to anoint him as the greatest songwriter of all time, eh? What about Andrew Lloyd Weber with his: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968; Broadway 1982), Jesus […]

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Relativistic America: Neither Safe Nor Free


The Florida mass shooting, which even a minimally competent state could have prevented, is a window on a relativistic America that is neither safe nor free. For decades, gun-control liberals, who corrupted civil society and called it “progress,” have proposed more government and less morality. But all that produces is an out-of-control society in which […]

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Goodbye, Billy Graham


It’s Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, and I have been thinking again. If I had to say what is needed inside the heads of young and middle-aged Americans, it would be a far better knowledge of history, and therein hangs a tale of modern life and danger. Let’s start with something very obvious: people want to […]

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Twenty Reasons Mass Killings Happen


Lizzie Borden likely got away with murdering her dad and step-mom. She used an ax when procuring poison didn’t work. She was acquitted for her crimes, for which there was copious evidence, by a jury of twelve mustachioed men. The whole sordid account is here. The idea that a young woman was an ax-wielding murderess was […]

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R.I.P. Billy Graham


Evangelical legend Billy Graham died today at age 99. He counseled presidents and convicted thousands and brought them to Christ. There is a way to be reminded of his good works and be inspired to do your own: Download the YouVersion Bible App and follow Billy Graham’s daily devotional Bible Study plan called “Day by […]

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Catholic Bishops Stumble on the Banana Peel of DACA Policy


The website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) devotes an “Advocacy Center” page to political issues, and the cause du jour on that page is “support for our brothers and sisters who are migrants and refugees.” In bishop-speak, that’s a tip of the zucchetto to a campaign called “Share the Journey.” It’s […]

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Pope Francis Falls Behind the Episcopalians


Washington I have never met the Pope, but I have followed his activities sedulously, as might be expected of a Roman Catholic. Pope Francis is an agent for change in his 2,000-year-old church, change in what Catholics believe and change in how they worship. Notwithstanding my never having met him, my guess is that he […]

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