Nietzsche: Lincoln & Pope Leo XIII, the Antidotes to His Legacy (From National Review)

President Abrama Lincoln in 1864; Pope Leo XIII in 1898 (Library of Congress) Though from starkly different backgrounds, the two men remain pillars of the natural-law tradition, under assault from both the Left and the Right. We live in an unusually anomalous culture whose politics and economics are now dominated by Nietzscheans of both the [...]

The Spy Who Came Home (From The New Yorker)

Why an expert in counterterrorism became a beat cop.“We have to stop treating people like we’re in Fallujah,” Patrick Skinner said. “Just look what happened in Fallujah.”Photograph by Jonno Rattman for The New YorkerShortly after an evening nap, Patrick Skinner drove to the police station in the Third Precinct in Savannah, Georgia, wearing ill-fitting body [...]

Meet the pro-Trump PR Guy at the Center of the Mueller Probe — And Everything Else (From POLITICO Magazine)

What do the Mueller probe, the Eric Trump Foundation, Sinclair Broadcasting, Girls Gone Wild, Israel, Turkey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow all have in common? Ronn Torossian.Story Continued Below Earlier this month, the hard-charging New York PR man caught Washington’s notice first when he announced in an op-ed that [...]

The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump (From Vox)

White evangelical Protestants continue to approve of President Donald Trump at about twice the rate of the general public, according to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Indeed, the figure is at an all-time high, with some 75 percent expressing a positive view as of March. Debating the question of why white [...]

Leaked Audio Shows Southern Baptist Leader Telling Abused Wives to Stay and Pray (From Friendly Atheist)

In 2000, Paige Patterson, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the time and current president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was asked a simple question at an event: What advice would he give for women who were physically abused by their husbands and told they should just be submissive? A reasonable person [...]

This poll asked Americans if they believe in God. The answers were fascinating. (From Vox)

20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible — but 17 percent of religious “nones” do. “Do you believe in God?” The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that [...]

What Wendell Berry Wants (From The New Republic)

It would be as reductive to call Wendell Berry a conservationist as it would be to call him an essayist. In the 31 pieces collected in The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry, the National Humanities Medal-winning poet, novelist, essayist, conservationist and farmer expounds on topics that range from farming, technology, economics, man’s proper relationship [...]

Kanye Isn’t Getting Red-Pilled, He’s Just Being Kanye (From Vice)

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.Our society is failing transgender people. According to Stonewall, one in ten trans pupils in the UK have received death threats at school, 84 percent have self-harmed and a staggering 45 percent have attempted suicide. Of those who do make it to adulthood, physical and mental abuse often await.The [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

Read Wendi Deng Murdoch’s Mash Note Allegedly About Tony Blair: “He Has Such Good Body” (From Vanities)

The passionate note surfaced amid the flotsam of a shipwrecked marriage. It was written in broken English by a woman to herself, pouring out her love for a man called Tony. “Oh, shit, oh, shit,” she wrote. “Whatever why I’m so so missing Tony. Because he is so so charming and his clothes are so [...]

Criticism of Christians and Chick-fil-A Has Troubling Roots (From Bloomberg.com)

Culture The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness. by April 21, 2018, 5:00 AM PDT The faces of America. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New [...]

Church of The Donald (From Politico)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in [...]

Criticism of Christians and Chick-fil-A Has Troubling Roots (From Bloomberg.com)

Culture The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness. by April 21, 2018, 5:00 AM PDT The faces of America. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New [...]

Church of The Donald (From Politico)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in [...]

Read Wendi Deng Murdoch’s Mash Note Allegedly About Tony Blair: “He Has Such Good Body” (From Vanities)

The passionate note surfaced amid the flotsam of a shipwrecked marriage. It was written in broken English by a woman to herself, pouring out her love for a man called Tony. “Oh, shit, oh, shit,” she wrote. “Whatever why I’m so so missing Tony. Because he is so so charming and his clothes are so [...]

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment (From Guardian Science)

July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three men are having a furious argument. One of them, drunk, draws back his fist, ready to smash it into his opponent’s face. Seeing what is about to happen, the third grabs a block of wood from a nearby pile. “Dr [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

The Ultimate Catholic Showdown? Liberalism vs. Integralism at Harvard (From Public Discourse)

Harvard’s Museum of Natural History was an unlikely place for the Catholic intellectual showdown of the winter. For decades, Catholics have argued over the compatibility of their faith with liberalism, a plastic term that can include thinkers from Machiavelli and Locke to F.A. Hayek and John Rawls. As American society becomes more hostile to traditional [...]

The Good Friday agreement is a ‘shibboleth’? What’s a shibboleth? (From Guardian Culture)

It was reported this week that the shadow trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, had called the Good Friday agreement a “shibboleth”. Critics pounced on social media, complaining that Gardiner didn’t know what the word meant. But did anyone? Since the 1930s, 'shibboleth' has meant simply an outdated view Shibboleth is the Hebrew for either “ear of [...]

Wealth inequality is soaring – here are the 10 reasons why it’s happening | Dominic Frisby (From Guardian U.S.)

Damning statistic follows damning statistic on wealth inequality. The latest, from the House of Commons, is that by 2030 the richest 1% will own two-thirds of global wealth. The distribution of wealth – or rather the lack of it – may well prove to be the defining issue of our age. Such inequality has provoked [...]

China bans online retailers from selling the Bible – Axios (From Axios)

http://bit.ly/2HbKY5AChina bans online retailers from selling the BibleA Chinese Catholic deacon holds a bible at an underground church. Photo: Kevin Frayer / Getty ImagesOnline retailers in China are no longer allowed to sell the Christian Bible, reports the New York Times, as the Chinese government continues its crackdown on religion and the influence of Christianity [...]

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry (From POLITICO Magazine)

Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned introspective essays and took deep dives into the statistics only to conclude that they were indeed elite, [...]

Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, talks about politics as a battle of good and evil

Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, talks about politics as a battle of good and evil http://bit.ly/2FGE9LO He’s told audiences, “Jesus Christ … is the only solution for our world.” President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is full of evangelicals, many of whom seek to bring a specifically Christian perspective to social issues from abortion [...]

How Trump And Race Are Splitting Evangelicals (FiveThirtyEight)

How Trump And Race Are Splitting Evangelicals http://53eig.ht/2FRFFaz The Rev. Billy Graham, the pastor and evangelical leader who died last week and is being laid to rest in Charlotte on Friday, built relationships across party lines, illustrated by the praise Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump delivered after his death. [...]

RFK's visit to Appalachia, 50 years later: How Kennedy country became Trump country (USA TODAY)

RFK's visit to Appalachia, 50 years later: How Kennedy country became Trump country https://usat.ly/2G9Qkwj CLOSE Fifty years later, locals fondly remember seeing Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speak in their small mining towns in the Appalachian region of Kentucky and consider the changes since then. USA TODAYSen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., chats with two girls at [...]

Preventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be True (The New York Times)

Preventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be True http://nyti.ms/2ElkL31 AdvertisementSupported byThe New Health CarePreventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be TrueContrary to conventional wisdom, it tends to cost money, but it improves quality of life at a very reasonable price.By Aaron E. CarrollJan. 29, 2018ImageCreditSarah MazzettiThe idea that spending [...]

What Does It Mean to Die? (The New Yorker)

What Does It Mean to Die? http://bit.ly/2nl3ZcX Before having her tonsils removed, Jahi McMath, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl from Oakland, California, asked her doctor, Frederick Rosen, about his credentials. “How many times have you done this surgery?” Hundreds of times, Rosen said. “Did you get enough sleep last night?” He’d slept fine, he responded. Jahi’s [...]

Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President (POLITICO Magazine)

Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President http://politi.co/2EejtXq If Donald Trump gets a little bored on his flight home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he can always page through a book handed to him by a delegate not long after he arrived: “God and Donald Trump.” The volume, written by Stephen [...]

Dan Johnson, controversial Ky. lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations, commits suicide (Politics & Elections)

Dan Johnson, controversial Ky. lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations, commits suicide http://bit.ly/2C5PBKB FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself [...]

The Madness of Donald Trump (Rolling Stone)

The Madness of Donald Trump http://rol.st/2yghIEK Illustration by Victor Juhasz for Rolling Stone Evening, August 22nd, 2017, a convention center in Phoenix. It's Donald Trump's true coming-out party as an insane person. It looks like the same old Trump up there on the stage: same boxy blue suit, same obligatory flag pin and tangerine combover, [...]

A look at what didn’t happen in the Alabama Senate race (Seattle Times)

A look at what didn’t happen in the Alabama Senate race http://bit.ly/2jGeEwS BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama’s high-profile Senate race heads toward a Tuesday vote, supporters and opponents of GOP candidate Roy Moore are bending the truth — or shattering it to pieces — in the campaign’s final stretch. One website falsely proclaimed that [...]

Republican women wrestle with what to believe about Roy Moore, how to vote (Real-Time News from AL.com)

Republican women wrestle with what to believe about Roy Moore, how to vote http://bit.ly/2AIXCFP At least nine women have accused Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of a range of inappropriate behavior, but one seems to stick out above the rest - at least for many conservative women voters in Alabama. "I feel like Leigh Corfman [...]

“They’re Taking Everybody” — Videos Show Texas Troopers Ripping Apart Immigrant Families During Traffic Stops (The Intercept)

“They’re Taking Everybody” — Videos Show Texas Troopers Ripping Apart Immigrant Families During Traffic Stops http://bit.ly/2BRal8S Video by Maisie Crow and Lauren Feeney In Texas, state troopers have become frontline enforcers of federal immigration laws. In recent years, and especially since Donald Trump was elected president, the Texas Highway Patrol, part of the state’s Department [...]

‘The Obama Inheritance’ spins conspiracy noir fiction about the 44th president (Seattle Times)

‘The Obama Inheritance’ spins conspiracy noir fiction about the 44th president http://bit.ly/2nKOT3i A collection of 15 short stories, inspired by right-wing conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama, is a nod to pulpy sci-fi magazines of the early to mid-20th century. “The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir” edited by Gary Phillips Three Rooms Press, [...]

'Maybe Putin is right': Roy Moore remark on same-sex marriage resurfaces (Guardian U.S.)

'Maybe Putin is right': Roy Moore remark on same-sex marriage resurfaces http://bit.ly/2AQkqpb A video of controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore telling a Guardian reporter “maybe Putin was right” to condemn same-sex marriage has been widely shared online as election day in Alabama draws closer. Donald Trump backs Roy Moore at Florida rally and casts [...]

Roy Moore had ties to groups that didn't believe in gender equality (Real-Time News from AL.com)

Roy Moore had ties to groups that didn't believe in gender equality http://bit.ly/2BpOMAc U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore appeared in textbooks and lectures produced in 2011 by a Christian group called Vision Forum that promoted unequal gender roles and called for the subordination of women to husbands and fathers. One of Vision Forum's other contributors, [...]

Roy Moore’s Spokeswoman Won’t Say If Roy Moore Still Agrees With Roy Moore (Friendly Atheist)

Roy Moore’s Spokeswoman Won’t Say If Roy Moore Still Agrees With Roy Moore http://bit.ly/2BIMUhQ Here’s the problem with Roy Moore putting anti-abortion activist Janet Porter in front of the media as his spokesperson: She doesn’t know anything about his positions or his past. She doesn’t know what he believes about any number of issues. She [...]

The Most Important Question For Alabama Voters: How Low Will You Go?

Republished from Breaking / Bannon. The most important question the Alabama Senate election on December 12 will answer is not: Do Alabama voters care more about abortion or pedophilia? The most important question the Alabama Senate election on December 12 will answer is: Do Alabama voters care that Roy Moore is an embarrasment to the [...]

Roy Moore and the Horse He Rode in On: Revealed Religion and Natural Law in the Alabama Senate Race

The crudest presumptions of natural law theory still inform our political and cultural conflicts. In recent posts, I've focused on the logical and moral contortions a focus on creator worship as the ground of our being requires of revealed religions. Alabama's Republican Party offers the most recent permutations of this bizarre fever dream. On Tuesday, [...]