The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris

Clint Eastwood’s film is more relevant than ever. The 15:17 to Paris which depicts the true story of three Americans who foiled a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015 was released in 2018.  But in some ways, it is more relevant now than it was then. Of...

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‘One Nation Under Allah’ Revisited

‘One Nation Under Allah’ Revisited

When religious liberty protections protect opponents of religious liberty. I just came across a news item from last June about a girl (the class president) in a Fairfax County high school who led the graduating class in a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, but...

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A Cautionary Fable

A Cautionary Fable

What can we learn from the tale of the Zods and the Wachovians? Myths and fables can sometimes help us to see current events more clearly.  Since they involve fictional characters and places, we can look at the events described more objectively.  Whatever...

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The Light that Shines in the Darkness

The Light that Shines in the Darkness

How Christmas gives meaning to life. When Samuel Huntington wrote “The Clash of Civilizations,” he was referring to the clash between Western Civilization and Islam.  But there is a clash within Western Civilization itself which may determine the outcome of the...

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Sing We Now of Christmas

Sing We Now of Christmas

One of the perpetual complaints against Christianity is that it is a life-denying, puritanical system. In the Victorian era, poet Algernon Swinburne referred to Christ as the “pale Galilean” from whose breath “the world has grown grey.” In our own time, films such as...

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Is Francis a Trustworthy Pope?

Is Francis a Trustworthy Pope?

New poll among American Catholics shows high degree of trust in Pope Francis. Recent polls show that a majority of Americans seem to have lost faith in President Joe Biden. His approval ratings have dropped and many believe he is taking the country in the wrong...

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Do Children Belong to the State?

Do Children Belong to the State?

The struggle for the hearts and minds of children. Do children belong to their parents or to the state?  That was one of the central questions raised in the recent Virginia gubernatorial race.  Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic Party candidate started the...

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