America’s Utopian City Wreckers

America’s Utopian City Wreckers

We live in the real world, not the world of John Lennon’s imaginings. Those who seek utopia rather than rational reform will not be happy with what they get. “The best is the enemy of the good.” That observation by Voltaire may help to explain the vast destruction...

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Islam’s Trojan Horse

Islam’s Trojan Horse

“Active shooter at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi.” That was the breaking news story on Thursday morning. It turned out that the shooter was no longer active, having been “neutralized” after wounding a member of the base security force. As it happens, I was in...

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Chesterton’s Amazing Prediction

Chesterton’s Amazing Prediction

G.K. Chesterton had a knack for anticipating future trends but when, in his 1914 novel The Flying Inn, he anticipated the Islamization of England, it seemed so far out of the realm of possibility that it was difficult to take it as anything but a flight of fancy. True...

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A double standard for Islam?

A double standard for Islam?

If you’re a relativist who believes that there are no universal standards, then you have no right to criticize Islam. Consider the following headline: “Mississippi: Atheist faces execution for insulting Jesus on Facebook”. The alert reader will immediately recognize...

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Islamophobia and Islamo-ignorance

Islamophobia and Islamo-ignorance

An Open Letter to Bishop Joseph Bambera, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Interreligious Affairs Your Excellency, You are to be commended for your December 29th statement asking Catholics to pray for “our Coptic brethren who are enduring martyrdom for the sake of...

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Death in Venice and Spiritual Sickness in Rome

Death in Venice and Spiritual Sickness in Rome

Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is a story of moral infection set against the background of a cholera epidemic. The celebrated novella contains several lessons for our own times. Gustav von Aschenbach, the protagonist of the story, is a highly respected German writer on...

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