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Noah: Outstanding…and Not for Everyone

March 31, 2014

Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force. But it’s not for everyone.  …


Deal Hudson: Is Cultural Conservatism the Future …

March 14, 2014
Catholic Online

by Deal Hudson WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – After my column arguing that “cultural conservatism” should supplant social conservatism, the man whom I regard as the most important Catholic layman …


On Temptation and Ordered Liberty

February 8, 2014

Our libertarian friends frequently take an “anything goes” approach to public morality, asserting that it is not the state’s business what an individual chooses to do, particularly so long as it does …


My 10 Favorite Books of 2013

December 31, 2013

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read …


A Dot Com Entrepreneur on Honduras’ LEAP Zones

November 14, 2013
ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Economico

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published as the lead article at ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico, in Spanish. Please enjoy the English version, as originally written by Rod. The Spanish …


But For One Good Teacher

November 4, 2013

It was 33 years and a couple of weeks ago, the air crisp in that first blush of “football weather.” Ozark’s Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, a sprawling one-story complex of mostly cinder block and …


Polls: 60% of Women Want a 20 Week Abortion Ban

September 20, 2013

In what could well be enough to make Wendy Davis’s head pop, a new Quinnipiac poll finds that 60 percent of women support the sort of abortion ban after 20 weeks (or five months) of pregnancy just enacted in …


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Grazing Laws and the Rule of Law

April 12, 2014

Very seriously: if Barack Obama is no longer interested in enforcing immigration laws, privacy laws, or even parts of the Obamacare law…why is he so interested in enforcing grazing laws? And if our government is …


Obama’s Race War

April 8, 2014

In the new issue of New York magazine, Jonathan Chait marvels at the “unanticipated” racial divisions Obama has provoked. Seriously. Chait acknowledges how this plays out: liberals surreally claim every …


Hillary: Partisanship Gets In My Way

April 4, 2014

The AP reports today that Hillary Clinton says excessive partisanship flowing through the nation’s political system is causing the U.S. to march “backwards instead of forward.” Millions will agree. …


Japan’s Announcement Can’t Save Nuclear …

March 24, 2014

Japan announced today that it would turn over to the United States a large cache of weapons-grade plutonium and highly-enriched uranium.  The New York Times described the decades-old research stockpile as “large …


Must Watch: “Whether We Live Or Die”

March 21, 2014

Our staff just re-watched Dr. W.A. Criswell’s sermon, “Whether We Live Or Die”, which he preached on the last night of the Pastors Conference at the 1985 Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas. …


General Joseph Martin

March 15, 2014

There, just east of Cumberland Gap, Joseph Martin built the fort called Martin’s Station. It was 100 wilderness miles by foot from the last town in Virginia, and 100 miles further by foot to what would later become …


Cultural Conservatism and Prison Reform

March 7, 2014

I wrote this email to my good friend Deal Hudson in response to his outstanding op-ed at this morning entitled “Why Social Conservatives Should Become Cultural Conservatives”.  This is far from …