Until My Dying Day, Sir

From First Thoughts

 Reader John McGinnis passes along this delightful old recording of an 18th Century ballad about a pliable priest, The Vicar of Bray. Some of you, particularly readers in the UK, may already know the song. It concerns an Anglican clergyman who manages to survive the shifting . . . . Continue Reading »

Helping Mideast Christians

From First Thoughts

Last week, Robert P. George and Katrina Lantos Swett, the chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, published an important op-ed on the persecution of Mideast Christians. This topic receives far too little attention, for reasons I’ve . . . . Continue Reading »

Yasukuni and Nice Distinctions

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[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”485”] Photo from the International Business Times[/caption]Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fulfilled an oft-repeated wish to visit Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine while in office. In Shinto belief, the shrine . . . . Continue Reading »