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  • Washington Post Devours It's Own at Elite's Stalinist Halloween Party Blackface Debacle

    06/18/2020 7:10:39 AM PDT · by qwertyz · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 18, 2020 | Rod Dreher
    A stupid costume choice at a Halloween party two years ago is front-page news in the newspaper of record in the capital city of the Empire? What on earth? ... I read it first with bemusement at the moral panic, and then finally, with horror over what we are doing to ourselves.... Honestly, what kind of white idiot shows up in blackface these days? Granted, this was 2018, but blackface was extremely taboo then. That’s what Schafer’s joke was about: how Megyn Kelly got herself in a world of trouble by suggesting that blackface was not that big a deal....
  • The Surprising Christian ‘Dominion’ [Tom Holland new book "Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World."]

    02/27/2020 8:48:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    American Conservative ^ | February 27, 2020 | Rod Dreher
    I hate long drives, but the one redeeming aspect of them is that I get to do something I never do otherwise: listen to audiobooks. Driving to and from Dallas is a 16-hours-plus trip from Baton Rouge. I made it with my wife and kids this past weekend, for a wedding. On my son Matt’s recommendation, I listened to historian Tom Holland’s book Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World. Before I say anything about the book, I want to recommend a cool piece of technology. It’s illegal to drive with standard earbuds in, so Matt let me borrow...
  • Jordan Peterson Is Sick

    02/11/2020 6:35:37 AM PST · by billorites · 43 replies
    American Conservative ^ | February 10, 2020 | Rod Dreher
    Jordan Peterson has had a hell of a year. From the National Post: Jordan Peterson is recovering from a severe addiction to benzodiazepine tranquilizers and was recently near death in an induced coma, his daughter Mikhaila said. He is being treated at a clinic in Russia after being repeatedly misdiagnosed at several hospitals in North America, she said. The University of Toronto psychologist who became an intellectual hero to a global audience by aligning self-help theory with anti-progressive politics was first prescribed the medication a few years ago to treat anxiety after what Mikhaila described as an autoimmune reaction to...
  • Author Says He's No Longer a Christian: Get Ready for a Flood of Christian Defections

    07/28/2019 8:08:22 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 148 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 28 July 2019 | Paula Bolyard
    Expect to see more and more of these defections in the coming years as Christianity wanes in popularity and influence and it becomes increasingly costly to remain a follower of Christ. There will be a high price to be paid for those who remain faithful to Christ and the teachings of the Bible. People will lose their jobs, they’ll be denied professional credentials, they will be banned from popular social media platforms and essentially exiled from polite society. Christians will no longer be able to “hide in plain sight” (a phrase recently highlighted by Rod Dreher in describing how all...
  • Jim Jones & Harvey Milk: The Secret History

    10/16/2018 7:44:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 10-15-18 | Rod Dreher
    Next month marks the 40th anniversary of two landmark events of American popular culture: the assassination of pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, and the mass suicide of 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult. If you remember anything about the mass suicide, it’s probably that cult leader Jim Jones was a fundamentalist Christian demon whose Bible-thumping berated brainwashed followers into drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Harvey Milk, by contrast, is a folk hero. The San Francisco supervisor became a gay-rights saint because he was martyred by a right-wing fanatic. That’s the received history in both cases. But according to author Daniel Flynn,...
  • Progressive Tribalism Beats The War Drums

    10/07/2018 12:58:04 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 7 Oct 2018 | Rod Dreher
    I would like fair-minded liberal readers to take a look at this op-ed from The New York Times, and consider that this is exactly the kind of left-wing racist rant that drives many of us white people into the arms of the Republican Party — not out of any particular love for the GOP, but out of fear of what this progressive racism would do in power. Alexis Grenell, the author, is a white woman and a Democratic strategist. Here’s the headline on her article. Note well that authors do not choose their headlines. This was written by someone at...
  • Planned Parenthood Claims “Some Men Have a Uterus”

    03/05/2018 4:17:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | march 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    The abortion chain Planned Parenthood claims women are its primary clients. But last week, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky wanted its supporters to know that it serves men, too, including transgender “men [who] have a uterus.” It repeated the line “Some men have a uterus” 11 times in the tweet. In another tweet, it also claimed men have ovaries, writing, “Whoo brovaries!” The Christian Post reports conservatives quickly mocked the abortion giant for the biologically inaccurate tweet. According to the report: This is “madness” tweeted Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa and author or the...
  • There Will Be No Religious Left

    04/30/2017 4:18:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-25-17 | Rod Dreher
    A lot of people don't want to hear it, but it's true: in the future, you will either be a religious conservative, or secular. The religious left will evaporate. Don't take my word for it. Take the word of Daniel Cox, the head of research at PRRI, a firm whose religious views tend towards progressivism. Excerpts: The first and perhaps most significant reason for skepticism is that there are far fewer religious liberals today than there were a generation ago. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) liberals are religiously unaffiliated today, more than double the percentage of the 1990s, according...
  • Rod Dreher explains the ‘Benedict Option’ and why we need it

    03/16/2017 4:12:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 16, 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Christian families and communities that don’t embrace some form of the Benedict Option aren’t going to make it through this time of testing Veteran journalist Rod Dreher has just produced a potent study of what ails America—and is proposing that the best solution may be (as his new book is titled) “The Benedict Option.” As the book’s promotional materials describe it: Now is a time of testing, when believers will learn the difference between shallow optimism and Christian hope. However dark the shadow falling over the West, the light of Christianity need not flicker out. It will not be...
  • Trump’s Identity Politics Audacity

    06/10/2016 11:48:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 08 June 2016 | Rod Dreher
    He uses the Left’s identity politics strategies against them ___ For years I’ve warned that the Left is playing a dangerous game by embracing illiberal identity politics. Last week, the liberal writer Jonathan Chait wrote about the “ideological fissure” on the Left: Why is it wrong for Trump to gripe about how a Latino judge is bound to be unfair to him by virtue of his ethnicity, but okay for Sonia Sotomayor to assert that a Latina judge could be more fair as a result of her ethnicity? Why is it wrong for white people to look out for their...
  • Latino SJWs For Trump

    05/28/2016 4:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 28, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    If you’re Donald Trump, you can’t buy publicity like this from his enemies in San Diego yesterday: As hundreds of protesters outside his rally here Friday afternoon chanted obscenities, waved Mexican flags and clashed with police, Donald Trump reveled on stage in the drama his candidacy has created. More: One poster referenced Trump’s wife, who immigrated to the United States from Slovenia: “The Art of the Deal. Deport Melania. Legalize 11 million.” Another: “Trump, Shame of America.” Another: “Jesus would not vote for Trump.” And: “Racist, go home.” As the rally progressed inside, a few protesters — including two women...
  • How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana [A retrospective]

    12/22/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 02/15/2015 | Rod Dreher
    I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he’s leaving his state in. In today’s NYT, Campbell Robertson tells the country about the current mess. Excerpts: "Since I've been in Louisiana I've never seen a budget cycle as desperate as this one," said Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council, a nonpartisan group based in Baton Rouge.Louisiana's budget shortfall is projected to reach $1.6 billion next...
  • You Want Civil War? Bring It (response to Ross Douthat letter to liberal Catholic theologians)

    11/01/2015 1:53:00 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    American Conservative ^ | October 31, 2015 | ROD DREHER
    TrampZZ/Shutterstock Ross Douthat politely but definitively unloads on the liberal Catholic theologians who griped about his opining in The New York Times, critical of Pope Francis and his allies in attempting to liberalize Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, and communion. Excerpt: At which point we come to the third argument, which makes an appearance in your letter: You don’t understand, you’re not a theologian. As indeed I am not. But neither is Catholicism supposed to be an esoteric religion, its teachings accessible only to academic adepts. And the impression left by this moving target, I’m afraid, is that some reformers...
  • Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (moral and social disintegration)

    05/29/2015 6:49:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study. In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had. In...
  • Sarah Palin Hammers "Wusses" Crying About Her "Waterboarding Terrorists" Comment

    05/04/2014 6:59:00 PM PDT · by Sam Troy · 99 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 4, 2014
    “Actions to stop terrorists who’d utterly annihilate America and delight in massacring our innocent children? Darn right I’d do whatever it takes to foil their murderous jihadist plots – including waterboarding. Whatever one thinks of my one-liner at the NRA rally about treating evil terrorists the way they deserve to be treated to prevent the death of innocent people, it’s utterly absurd for MSNBC to suggest that I could put our beloved troops in harm’s way, but we’ve come to expect the absurd from that failing network. If you want to talk about what really harms our troops, let’s talk...
  • The Sarah Palin Who Might Have Been (Attack of the faux Christian Paleoconservatives)

    05/01/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 1, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Richard sends this comment: I remember corresponding with you when John McCain tapped her as his choice for nominee for Vice-President. As a former Alaskan, I never saw her as the second coming, but like many people (and – I will quickly add – unlike many others)I found the potential story playing itself out of “Mrs. Palin Goes to Washington” to be very appealing. The person whom I had met a couple of times to spend time with in conversation (Alaska being a one-degree-of-separation state) was engaging, grounded, attentive to others and someone who had clearly and sincerely sought...
  • Mark Levin’s Full-Throated Tribal Yell (The Empire Strikes Back!)

    04/30/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 30, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Somebody will do a Ph.D thesis in political science one day on the psychology of this stuff. Follow the link to hear the full clip. It’s delightful. (snip) Imagine the kind of conservative bubble in which the thought of Sarah Palin as a “serious political contender” is considered incontestable. Imagine the kind of conservative bubble in which holding a female who once ran for vice president of the United States responsible for something she said in a public speech is considered an act of sexism and disloyalty. To be clear, I’m not offended by this freakshow vulgarian in the least....
  • The Sacrilegious Sarah Palin

    04/30/2014 8:13:49 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 229 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 4-27-14 | Rod Dreher
    Man, the 12 minute speech Sarah Palin gave to the NRA convention is awful. It's just witless, red-meat blathering, delivered in that nasal whine of hers that makes it sound like she's chewing wads of tinfoil. For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. Fast-forward in the video to the 6:30 mark, though, and listen to what she says about terrorists. It's part of a long harangue about lily-livered liberals, delivered in such a way that makes Archie Bunker sound like Cicero. Money quote: "Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make...
  • The Ugliness of Cheering for Capital Punishment

    09/11/2011 12:25:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 09/11/2011 | Rod Dreher
    I said here last night that the California GOP audience cheering the announcement that Texas has executed 234 condemned murderers under Rick Perry was a vile, repulsive thing. Even when I was for capital punishment, I believed this. Justice may require execution, but we should never rejoice in taking the life of another human being. At best, capital punishment is a necessary evil. I quit believing in capital punishment when I became convinced that the state is not trustworthy to use this power responsibly. It happened about 10 years ago, when it emerged that a forensic scientist in Oklahoma whose...
  • New York Times: Did Sarah Palin really say that? Wow.

    09/09/2011 8:27:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 349 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times via The American Conservative ^ | September 9, 2011 | Rod Dreher
    <p>Sarah Palin said some amazing and terrific things the other day — and nobody who wasn’t there heard about them. From, believe it or not, The New York Times, in which a columnist points out that we’re so used to goofiness coming from Palin that we missed some really interesting things at the Tea Party meeting last week — something that even liberals would have found compelling. Read past the jump for Anand Giridharadas’s summary of the great things Palin said. A hint, to get you to read further: “Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism.”</p>