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  • BREAKING:ADDITIONAL TREACHERY FROM BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’s “DEAL”;IRAN ELEVATED...

    11/29/2013 7:08:52 AM PST · by AdinaF · 35 replies
    Adina Kutnicki, A Zionist & Conservative Blog ^ | Nov. 26, 2013 | Adina Kutnicki, Israel
    Those of us being accused of hyperventilating, over the bloody “hand shake” between Sec Kerry and Iran’s FM Zarif, are not only correct in our assessments, but hardly take pleasure in being right. Too much is at stake. And since this blogger’s valued contacts are hardly timid in nature, they are not exactly bowled over by ceremonial trappings, handshakes included. Histrionics are NOT their forte. Oh no. But as qualified experts, they certainly do NOT depend upon tea leaves to foretell what’s on the horizon. It is not part of their assessment protocol. Years of experience and expertise are more...
  • VALERIE JARRETT: Iran’s “Deal Maker”, Her Main Mission As Obama’s Consigliere

    11/28/2013 5:05:52 AM PST · by AdinaF · 43 replies
    Adina Kutnicki, A Zionist & Conservative Blog ^ | Nov. 25, 2013 | Adina Kutnicki, Israel
    It is seemingly impossible to quantify the amount of treachery committed by Iranian born Valerie Jarrett to western civilization, try as one may. In tandem with her boss, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, they are the most DANGEROUS duo in the western world. That’s not an easy hurdle to pass. But if not for a highly trusted contact in mid 2012, at the inception of this site, the reportage on Val would have been minimal, if at all. A heads up from an “in the know” Washington, DC associate kept dropping hints….again and again. It is important to give credit where it...
  • How Christian Charity Developed Western Ethics, Hospitals, Schools

    11/16/2013 10:40:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 2 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is my second article in reply to Tony, who wrote to me with critical observations on my speech What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. The first article is Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People. My reply is in several parts because he covers many issues, although sometimes using too simplistic arguments compared to the attention they would deserve. The problem I have in answering him is that in the space of a couple of emails he enumerates many things which he finds wrong about Christianity, each of which would require a book (and...
  • Corrosion of Ivory Tower

    10/14/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 11, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The view of academia from outside the gates may be bleak, but from inside, it’s much worse. “I asked a job candidate what he thought about Western Civilization,” Bradley C. S. Watson of St. Vincent College remembered in remarks to the Philadelphia Society last weekend. “’Western civilization?’, he asked, ‘what’s that?,’ with an emphasis on the ‘that.’” Watson currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Politics and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought. He holds the Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought and Professor of Politics at Saint Vincent. “Academic institutions...
  • Why do we want to depose Bashar al-Assad?

    09/06/2013 6:25:30 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 47 replies
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    Seriously, should conservatives even WANT to depose Bashar al-Assad? It is clear that Assad's biggest crime is being Western educated and a strong leader. THAT is what got him in trouble with the Islamofascists and their allies in the White House and the American left. Assad may be brutal, but he is the closest thing we have to a representative of WESTERN civilization in Syria. Shouldn't conservatives be arguing for a political solution that would keep him in power and keep the Islamo-nuts OUT of power?
  • Christianity Made Russia Great World Power – Putin

    07/26/2013 1:26:37 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 54 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/25/2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the role of Orthodox Christianity in the country’s history and congratulated the heads of the world’s Orthodox churches on the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, a medieval state comprising parts of modern-day Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. “The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers,” Putin said in a message addressed to participants of a commemorative celebration on Red...
  • Sex and Western Civilization

    04/04/2013 9:19:19 AM PDT · by WhyNotFreedom? · 4 replies
    Paheos.com/Philosophic Fragments ^ | April 3, 2013 | Ken Hagerty
    Dr. Prager provides a brief summary of his longer article: “The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity. This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women."
  • From Meccania to Atlantis - Part 5: From Screeching Cats to SDG

    04/02/2013 4:32:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    brusselsjournal.com ^ | 19 December, 2008 | Takuan Seiyo
    The incompetence, decadence and stupidity that one wades through on a daily basis in the West contrast one’s daily experience in the East. To begin with, the common Orientals are smarter. That mean IQ of 105 versus 99 for Whites is a tremendous advantage in producing an intelligent, competent workforce. When you add to it a work ethic unseen in the West since 19th century Northwest Europe, and a Confucian morality, the comparison is not flattering to the West. -------------------cut---------------------- The sun also rises in the West Never give up. This being the birthday of the West’s redeemer compels one...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • Jacques Barzun Dies at 104; Cultural Critic Saw the Sun Setting on the West

    10/26/2012 11:16:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 25, 2012 | Edward Rothstein
    Jacques Barzun, the distinguished historian, essayist, cultural gadfly and educator who helped establish the modern discipline of cultural history and came to see the West as sliding toward decadence, died Thursday night in San Antonio, where he lived. He was 104.
  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • The Moral Case for the British Empire

    08/20/2012 9:53:51 AM PDT · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Prager University ^ | Aug 19, 2012 | HW Crocker III
    Is there a moral case to be made for the British Empire? To even ask the question at your typical university would be to invite derision. That's a shame because the British Empire's legacy is one Western Civilization should be proud of. We'd be living in a much less free and prosperous world without it. Historian HW Crocker III explains why in this eye-opening Prager University course.
  • West has betrayed Christianity, Russia will save it

    05/14/2012 3:14:43 PM PDT · by risen_feenix · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 5/14/2012 | RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov
    Countries of the “Russian world” are capable of changing the globe within ten years, believes top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Vsevolod Chaplin. ­By the “Russian world” he means states with a historically strong tradition of Orthodox Christianity which, apart from Russia, include Ukraine, Belarus, Greece, Romania and several others. “Our Orthodox civilization may not be that large, but today it has a key role in the world as it knows how to find a way to a better life for the whole world and especially Europe,” Chaplin said on Monday during a videoconference between Moscow, Kiev and Minsk....
  • Muslim Grave Desecration and Jihad

    04/09/2012 5:24:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 9, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    Video has recently surfaced of Muslims in Libya desecrating Australian war graves, just weeks after reports that Muslims there, in a rage over Qur’ans accidentally burned in Afghanistan, had also desecrated British graves. Such behavior may seem puzzling to those who believe the statements of Islamic supremacists in the West about how Islam tolerates and respects non-believers and non-Muslim religions; in fact, however, such behavior is fully in accord with standard Islamic theology regarding the nature of non-believing society, and the value of its cultural artifacts. The general Islamic term for the period of history before the advent of Islam,...
  • Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity

    03/22/2012 12:16:46 PM PDT · by bigbob · 14 replies · 1+ views
    TED dot com ^ | Sept. 2011 | Niall Ferguson
    Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture -- call them the 6 killer apps -- that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable. History is a curious thing, and Niall Ferguson investigates not only what happened but why. 20 minute video at the link
  • House OKs Bible course in schools

    02/23/2012 11:50:42 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://azstarnet.com ^ | Howard Fischer
    The state House voted 42-15 Tuesday to allow high schools to teach elective courses on the influence of the Bible on Western culture and civilization. Tuesday's vote came over the objections of House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. The Phoenix Democrat said limiting schools to using the Old and New Testaments "is going to run into a constitutional challenge." But Rep. Terri Proud, R-Tucson, who wrote HB 2563, said she does not see a problem. She said the language allowing the use of the texts for non-religious purposes has been approved by others. Proud did agree to several last-minute changes, including...
  • The Catholic Church built Western civilization {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    12/28/2011 1:06:53 PM PST · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 25 Dec 2011 | Thomas E Wood
    .. it is to the Catholic Church more than to any other institution that we owe so many of the treasures of Western civilization. .., scholars operated for two centuries under an Enlightenment prejudice that assumes all progress to come from religious skeptics, and that whatever the church touches is backward, superstitious, even barbaric.</p><p> Since the mid-20th century, this unscholarly prejudice has thankfully begun to melt away, and professors of a variety of religious backgrounds, or none at all, increasingly acknowledge the church's contributions.</p><p> ... modern historians of science freely acknowledge the church's contributions - both theoretical and material -...
  • The Conquest of the West

    10/31/2011 7:58:56 PM PDT · by rmlew · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/18/2011 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    On Oct. 31, the U.N. Population Fund marks the arrival of the 7 billionth person on Earth and raises the population estimate for the planet at mid-century to 9.3 billion people.         There is a possibility, says the United Nations, that, by century's end, world population may reach 15 billion. What does this mean for Western civilization?         It may not matter, except to identify who inherits the estate. For while world population is exploding, Western peoples are dying. Not a single European nation, except Muslim Albania, has a birth rate that will enable it to replace its present population.         By mid-century,...
  • CAMERON MOVES TO PROTECT BRITISH BORDERS, BRITISH HISTORY AND BRITISH PRIDE!

    10/13/2011 10:22:57 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 21 replies
    Libertarian Republican ^ | 10/12/2011 | Eric Dondero-
    The Prime Minster gave a speech to Parliament on Monday on reforming British immigration laws. He is immediately directing immigration officials in his administration to crack-down on immigrants from mostly Muslim countries who have no loyalties to Britain, British values or British culture.  •Forced Marriages to be a criminal offense •End to Anchor babies - Families will need to post a bond of thousands of pounds to bring in other family members from overseas •A call on all loyal Citizens of Great Britain to turn in illegal immigrants, particularly those who overstay their Visas •Lengthening and strengthening the Test...
  • The 'Other' Ryan Plan. Saving Western civilization ... it could all come down to Paul Ryan.

    06/11/2011 6:57:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/21011 | R.B.A Di Muccio
    A funny thing happened on the way to saving Western civilization ... it could all come down to Paul Ryan. Until Anthony Weiner's bizarre story came to light, there was surely no Washington politician more in the news than the Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Interestingly, this has been part of a counterintuitive design by the Democratic Party and the White House. The strategy is elegant and ironic: do absolutely nothing about the fiscal train wreck that is the U.S. federal budget deficit/debt, set a trap for Republicans, shamelessly sit back while they wander in, mercilessly...
  • The Stark Bipolarity of the Sociopolitical Divide

    05/22/2011 8:00:51 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 10 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-22-11 | AWOL Civilization
    The current sociopolitical divide in the United States has attained an alarmingly high degree of bipolarity. This stark landscape confronts us in every human contact, every news report, and every visible aspect of the social environment. For any given individual, a simple question suffices: Is he under the spell of the dominant collectivist ideology, or is he not. Therein lies the great divide. During calmer times, people can get away with being non-commital, or mixing their positions on various issues. Someone might say, for example, “I tend to be a social conservative, but then again I’m usually pro-choice, and on...
  • Scholar: China Notices Link Between Christianity, U.S. Economic Success

    05/18/2011 12:07:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2011 | Michelle A. Vu
    WASHINGTON – The officially atheist Chinese government is surprisingly open to Christianity, at least partially, because it sees a link between the faith and economic success, said a sought after scholar who has relations with governments in Asia. China believes that Christianity is responsible for much of the historic success of Western Europe and the United States, said Dr. William Jeynes, senior fellow of The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., during a presentation at the Family Research Council on Tuesday. But while the Chinese government is open to Christianity, it also “wants to control Christianity.” Those in authority are very...
  • Pater Noster

    03/11/2011 9:31:34 AM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-10-11 | Aquinas Shrugged
    Oedipus’ problem is our problem. Oedipus did not know who he was. Neither do we. The essence of any culture is contained in its religion. But what happens when a country turns its back on God. What happens when they kill their Father? Generally, those who stop worshipping at the altar of God, start worshipping at the altar of State. It is no accident that the totalitarian regimes of the past century were the most atheistic. As we aggressively remove God from the public square, the State looms aggressively ever larger. And in forsaking Heaven we marry Mother Earth and...
  • A Good Beginning

    02/16/2011 7:23:22 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 5 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 02-16-11 | Aquinas Shrugged
    When asked what he thought about Western Civilization, Mohandas Ghandi replied, “It’s a good idea.” He certainly wasn’t the first to take Western Civilization(WC) to the woodshed as there is a long pedigree of anti-Western intellectuals and ideas. Ironically most of it comes from the West. Many of these self-appointed anti-Western critics are doing their best to euthanise WC with an intellectual version of “Stop us before we kill again!” Although Voltaire loved to denigrate Christianity, it was Nietzche who knew that being anti-Western wasn’t enough, one had to be pro-Eastern. Just as leftists realized that being anti-American wouldn’t bear...
  • Islamists Know a Western Civilization Secret: ‘Progress’ Makes Religion Decline

    11/30/2010 8:17:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/30/2010 | Barry Rubin
    The motive to reform Islam from within is weaker than the motive of those like Martin Luther, as Islamists can point to the decline of Christian belief and assume the same would happen to Islam. It had not occurred to Protestant theologians who had been trying to “liberalize” and “modernize” Christianity … that they were thus undermining the very religion they were seeking to buttress “scientifically” … When the “protective covering” [of faith] is removed, no one should any longer be surprised to see [Christianity] quickly dry up. — Curtis Cate, from Friedrich Nietzsche. When the 21-year-old Friedrich Nietzsche, who...
  • The Quiet Revolution Rolls Forward

    12/07/2008 2:33:14 AM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies · 3,256+ views
    The Wanderer Press.com ^ | Stories for Thursday, December 11th, 2008 | By TIMOTHY MATTHEWS
    “ Until now,” wrote Joseph Comte de Maistre ( 1753- 1821), who for 15 years was a Freemason, “ nations were killed by conquest, that is by invasion: But here an important question arises; can a nation not die on its own soil, with­out resettlement or invasion, by al­lowing the flies of decomposition to corrupt to the very core those original and constituent principles which make it what it is...”
  • World’s First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President

    10/14/2010 6:47:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | ROME, October 13, 2010 | Hilary White
    Wednesday October 13, 2010 World’s First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President By Hilary WhiteROME, October 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The world’s first global and deliberately atheistic civilization is heading for disaster, the first president of the modern Czech Republic told an audience this week. Vaclav Havel, one of the most respected political and literary figures in recent European history, said that the West “has lost its connection with the infinite and with eternity,” with the result that “endless consumer collectivism is giving birth to a new type of loneliness.”The West’s disconnection from eternity, he said,...
  • German banker bows out after stirring race, religion debate

    09/11/2010 3:14:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2010
    But Sarrazin, 65, made it clear that he will not go away and plans to use his new-found fame to press forward with the issues tackled in his best-selling book: that Muslims are undermining German society and threatening to change its character and culture with their higher birth rate. Whether Germans like his views or not, there is no denying that Sarrazin has struck a chord. ..snip.. So why did he quit now and what will he do next? Sarrazin has already achieved his key aim: breaking a taboo and getting Germans to talk about immigration and integration. Getting dragged...
  • Israel and the Surrender of the West

    06/20/2010 4:33:04 PM PDT · by chickadee · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 21, 2010 | Shelby Steele
    "World opinion" labors mightily to make Israel look like South Africa looked in its apartheid era—a nation beyond the moral pale. And it projects onto Israel the same sin that made apartheid South Africa so untouchable: white supremacy. Somehow "world opinion" has moved away from the old 20th century view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a complicated territorial dispute between two long-suffering peoples. Today the world puts its thumb on the scale for the Palestinians by demonizing the stronger and whiter Israel as essentially a colonial power committed to the "occupation" of a beleaguered Third World people. This is now—figuratively...
  • A Prophecy Fulfilled (Pill's 50th Birthday - Repost)

    05/29/2010 4:36:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Jesse Romero .com ^ | 1962 | Dick Cremins, S.J.
    A Prophecy Fulfilled Fr. Stanislas de Lestapis, a French Jesuit, died in 1999 at the age of 94. He had been a member of the Papal Commission on Birth Control and was one of the signatories of its so-called Minority Report. He had published a book on Birth Control, of which the third edition appeared in 1962, long before Humanae Vitae (1968). In Chapter 7, on The Contraceptive Civilization, he made the following bold prophecies: 'We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization. These changes are already taking place in...
  • Whose Country Is It?

    03/27/2010 7:14:50 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 74 replies · 1,453+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/26/2010 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    The far-right extremists have gone into conniptions. The bullying, threats, and acts of violence following the passage of health care reform have been shocking, but they’re only the most recent manifestations of an increasing sense of desperation... ...Hence their anger and frustration, which is playing out in ways large and small. There is the current spattering of threats and violence, but there also is the run on guns and the explosive growth of nefarious antigovernment and anti-immigrant groups. In fact, according to a report entitled “Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism” recently released by the Southern...
  • Question for St. John's College, Thomas Aquinas College, or other "Great Books" college grads....

    03/11/2010 8:01:00 AM PST · by ConservativeDude · 22 replies · 498+ views
    Need Help on Roman History Reading List....
  • THE WEB OF TRUST [Bill Whittle on what makes the Western Civilization tick]

    02/15/2010 7:52:28 AM PST · by Tolik · 10 replies · 343+ views
    Eject! Eject! Eject! @ pajamasmedia.com ^ | February 12, 2010 | Bill Whittle
    This is Whittle's own repost of one of his best essays. Long, but worth every second (IMHO of course) A note from Bill Whittle: I'm slowly trying to move the best of the old archives over here to the new. Mostly that consists of the SILENT AMERICA essays, but there were a number of pieces that I really liked, and this is one of them -- courtesy of a request by an old friend who was looking for it.In a month or two I'm going to be putting out two compilations of previously unpublished materials: SEEING THE UNSEEN: ADVENTURES IN...
  • The "Higher" Education of Whittaker Chambers: Columbia University, Nihilism, and Despair

    12/21/2009 3:11:38 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies · 831+ views
    First Principles ^ | 4/23/08 | K. Alan Snyder
    Columbia was, he declared, “a citadel of the mind swaying in the vertigo of a civilization changing (without admitting it) the basis of its faith from a two thousand-year-old Christian culture to the new secular and scientific culture.” Whereas the Christian culture “placed God at the center of man’s hope,” the new secular faith, which was “exclusively rational and scientific,” replaced God with Man. This was not indoctrination into communism, at least not explicitly. “No member of the Columbia faculty ever consciously guided me toward Communism,” he stated. “Columbia did not teach me Communism. It taught me despair.” That despair...
  • The Feminization of American Education – Destroying Western Civilization?

    10/04/2009 12:42:14 PM PDT · by captjanaway · 35 replies · 1,551+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | October 2, 2009 | Robert Weissberg
    A sea change has occurred in the education of American women: young girls often academically out-perform boys, are more likely to succeed in college and have flooded once all-male professional schools, notably law and business. For example, U.S. Census Bureau figures show that while the male and female population is about equal, males comprise some 58 percent of all high school drop-outs. Similarly, the number of females entering college between 1967 and 2000 increased by 20 percent, while the proportion of men declined by 4 percent. The American Council on Education’s statistics revealed that in 2005 women earned 57 percent...
  • [VIDEO] What civilization is being left to our children?

    09/15/2009 5:32:22 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 2 replies · 314+ views
    RealCatholicTV.com / YouTube ^ | 2009.08.06 | Michael Voris S.T.B. / "The Vortex"
    With Western Civilization under such vicious attack by secular humanism, it is extremely important to understand how Western Civilization came into being. And more importantly -- what civilization is being left to our children.
  • Losing a Beachead

    09/06/2009 8:07:27 PM PDT · by boxlunch · 10 replies · 795+ views
    World Magazine ^ | Sept. 12, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Losing a beachhead Back to School: Rob Koons, a University of Texas at Austin philosophy professor and a Christian, poured six years into development of a UT Program in Western Civilization and American Institutions. Then administrators yanked it away from him | Marvin Olasky AUSTIN, Texas —"And Jesus said to His disciples . . . 'it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.' When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, 'Who then can be saved?'" (Matthew 19:23-25). "Work your fingers...
  • Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

    08/18/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 42 replies · 1,786+ views
    acton.org ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | JOHN COURETAS
    Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe Posted by JOHN COURETAS on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008)Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and ecclesiastical center of Europe and, indeed, was responsible for the very survival and flourishing of what we know today as Europe and you’re not likely to get the...
  • Empty Cradles, Demographic Destiny and the Death of the West

    08/12/2009 12:50:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,128+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 12, 2009 | Selwyn Duke
    While the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding was good cinema, it was also a big fat Hollywood fiction.  With Greece's fertility rate of 1.36 children per woman  -- well below the replacement level of 2.1 -- "big" is not a modifier demographers would associate with today's Greek families.  In fact, a more accurate film might be called My Big Fat Muslim Wedding.  Worse still, Greece is no anomaly.  Long ago the cradle of Western civilization and more recently one of its backwaters, it's now part of a phalanx of Western demographic failures.  In fact, while it may seem counterintuitive...
  • Right-Wing College Group Riles Students on Campuses Nationwide

    04/29/2009 11:46:52 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 38 replies · 1,936+ views
    Fox News.com ^ | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A student group that bills itself as "America's right wing youth movement" focused on countering radical multiculturism, socialism and mass immigration is causing a stir on a growing number of college campuses across the country. The ultra-conservative political group Youth for Western Civilization is currently organized on at least seven university campuses. According to its Web site, the group hopes to inspire Western youth on the "basis of pride in their American and Western heritage," counter and ultimately defeat "leftism on campus" and create a social movement in which a right-wing subculture is an alternative to what it calls a...
  • The Post-Modern Movement Moves Right Along: Brits line up for ‘de-baptism’

    03/30/2009 7:13:20 AM PDT · by Western Experience · 24 replies · 829+ views
    The Western Experience ^ | March 30, 2009 | Jason
    ritain is leading the way (and has been for quite some time as I point out here and here) for the rest of Europe in committing cultural suicide. This is but just the latest example of Britain’s rabid determination to break one of the most distinguishable and binding links to their former greatness and hegemony in the Western World. Of course, they are not alone. Several other countries in Europe seem just as eager to pass out the razor blades. I wonder what C.S. Lewis would think of his country today? Probably something along the lines of this, “A man...
  • Geert Wilders' Party Explodes after Expulsion (Now second largest in the Netherlands)

    02/17/2009 8:55:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 1,455+ views
    CBN.COM ^ | February 17, 2009 | Dale Hurd
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Critics say the freedom to criticize Islam in Europe has been put in jeopardy after Dutch politician Geert Wilders was banned last week from entering Britain because of his attacks on Islam. But while the controversial politician may have failed to enter the United Kingdom, the Dutch public has rallied around Wilders, and support for his party has exploded.
  • A Defining Moment

    01/21/2009 11:21:56 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 528+ views
    the Spectator ^ | 22 Jan 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    So the inevitable has now come about in the teetering civilisation of Europe, and it has happened first in the Netherlands. One of the supposedly most liberal societies on the planet wants to criminalise someone for telling the truth. The BBC reports that Dutch Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders is to be put on trial ‘...for for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs’...In March 2008, Mr Wilders posted a film about the Koran on the internet, prompting angry protests across the Muslim World. The opening scenes of Fitna -...
  • President Obama's first call 'was to President Abbas'

    01/21/2009 9:43:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,468+ views
    London Times ^ | January 22, 2009
    From The Times January 22, 2009 President Obama's first call 'was to President Abbas' President Obama placed the Middle East at the forefront of his first hours in office yesterday as he sought to make good on his promise of “ushering in a new era of peace”. In a flurry of telephone calls from the Oval Office, he reached out to leaders in the region and vowed to engage immediately in pursuit of a permanent Arab-Israeli settlement. The spokesman for President Abbas revealed that Mr Obama had told the Palestinian leader that their conversation was his first with a foreign...
  • President Obama's first call 'was to President Abbas'

    01/21/2009 5:20:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 96 replies · 3,529+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | January 22, 2009 | Tom Baldwin
    President Obama placed the Middle East at the forefront of his first hours in office yesterday as he sought to make good on his promise of “ushering in a new era of peace”. In a flurry of telephone calls from the Oval Office, he reached out to leaders in the region and vowed to engage immediately in pursuit of a permanent Arab-Israeli settlement. The spokesman for President Abbas revealed that Mr Obama had told the Palestinian leader that their conversation was his first with a foreign statesman since taking office. Mr Obama also spoke to President Mubarak of Egypt, Ehud...
  • Tragedy is no crime-Why is it so hard for some to comprehend the nature of the enemy in Gaza?

    01/21/2009 8:04:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 493+ views
    You are a freshman university student on the first day of a philosophy course. Your professor poses this ethical dilemma: A devoutly religious man is shooting at you with an AK-47. He is determined to kill you and your family. Is it moral to shoot back? Before you answer; consider that he is shielded by his pregnant wife and three young children. Ordinary Israelis know what any undergraduate not suffering from a death-wish intuitively appreciates - namely, that human beings should not intentionally injure other human beings but may sometimes need to resort to violence to keep themselves and others...
  • Israel goes it alone

    01/13/2009 5:23:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 786+ views
    The world must be wondering, 17 days into Operation Cast Lead, why it is taking so long for Jerusalem to cave into pressure for a cease-fire in Gaza. From the UN Security Council, that renowned bastion of international probity, and the constellation of Muslim, Arab and non-aligned states to our unwavering European allies, the international community - and much of the media - wants Israel to stop fighting. Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a Security Council meeting about the situation in Gaza, UN headquarters in New York, Tuesday. Photo:...
  • Iran pushes Hamas to reject truce with Israel

    01/12/2009 2:14:09 AM PST · by Yehuda123 · 6 replies · 515+ views
    Iran is exerting heavy pressure on Hamas not to accept the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, an Egyptian government official said on Sunday. The official told The Jerusalem Post by phone that two senior Iranian officials who visited Damascus recently warned Hamas leaders against accepting the proposal.
  • Israel Must Be Allowed To Win

    01/14/2009 5:10:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 484+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Jan 14 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The war of aggression waged by Hamas, against which Israel has commenced a robust response, must not be seen in a vacuum. Hamas is an agent of radical Islam's revolutionary jihad. Israel, the "little Satan," is a proxy of Western modernity. The conflict in Gaza is merely the latest round: a continuation of the war which flared up during the summer of 2006 and which rages still in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and other theaters. So what can the big Satan do to help? Obviously, we are not going to contribute military force. We already subsidize Israel's defense, and,...
  • Israel’s Worst Fears

    01/11/2009 6:02:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,450+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 11, 2009
    Israel’s Worst Fears Its U.S. ambassador says the big threat is that Iran has almost enough fuel for its first nuclear weapon. NEWSWEEK Jan 12, 2009 Sallai Meridor has been Israel's ambassador to the United States since 2006. During that time, his government's main strategic worry has been Iran, and that remains so today despite the fighting in Gaza. Israel warns that Iran is making rapid progress toward a nuclear bomb—Meridor calculates that Tehran should have enough fuel for its first bomb sometime in 2009—and that Israel will take military action unless the United States and other allies step in.