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The Struggle for the Soul of the West

 

Since the publication of my book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace in 2015, the necessity of restoring Western culture to its proper place in our understanding of ourselves has only become more urgent. The prolonged assault on our common culture — European-American, for want of a broader, more inclusive description — has intensified, propelled by a burning hatred […]

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Religious Liberty in the Phoenix Desert

 

Mere days after the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, religious liberty is back in the courts, though not in the mainstream media. Conservatives should take notice. In the wake of Masterpiece, conservative pundits have debated the implications the case may have for religious liberty and free exercise, ranging from […]

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Guatemalan Volcanoes, Israel, and Evangelicals

 

A seemingly odd fireman is fighting fires in Guatemala—Israel. Even before Guatemala’s Vulcan del Fuego resumed its restless sleep Sunday evening, Israel issued emergency aid from its embassy including $10,000 for medical purchases. The pyroclastic flow that erupted from Vulcan del Fuego slammed into the village of El Rodeo at the base of the volcano, […]

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Looks Tasty But Is Only Half-Baked… Meantime

 

The faith community of America’s Bible-believing-and-adhering Christians, Catholics, and Jews has much reason to take comfort in Monday’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. If the bakery had lost, such a decision could have augured a theologically perilous turn, marking a first step leading towards abrogating […]

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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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SCOTUS: Discriminate Against Christians, Subtly

 

There was a time, before Obamacare passed, when conservatives felt sure that Obamacare would not pass, could not pass, and if it did pass, it would be reversed. My take back then: It will pass, it will be hated, and it will never be repealed. It was a pessimistic take, to be sure, but the […]

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Found in Translation: Conservative Themes in ‘Viking Legacy’

 

If you’re reading this article, it’s due to the forbearance of Wlady Pleszczynski, who could easily have rejected it as plain shilling for a book of my own. But I’m the translator, not the author, of Viking Legacy, by Dr. Torgrim Titlestad. My subject is how I came to work on this project, and why […]

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Donald Trump: The Pro-Life President

 

Who knew? Who knew or really believed that candidate Donald Trump would become pro-life President Donald Trump? Politicians say things. Mitt Romney was for abortion in Massachusetts before he was against it as a presidential candidate. John McCain held a nuanced view on abortion as presidential candidate saying that abortion would be okay in special […]

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Going Amish? Not Just Yet!

 

I think I’m on the verge of developing what might be called “Amish syndrome.” Now, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not about to trade in my beloved Lexus for a horse-and-buggy rig. After all, horses would be much higher maintenance than my reliable old sedan, even with the odometer at 107,000 miles and counting. And, […]

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Tom Wolfe Is Dead and I Am in Italy

 

Castelvetro di Modena, Italy On May 14th a star failed to come out. Tom Wolfe passed away that day. With his passing the conservative movement lost its greatest social critic, and America lost one of its greatest novelists. As a writer Tom was his own man. He died as he lived, on his terms or […]

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