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RE: Frontier Feminism

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Nathaniel , I too enjoyed Camilia Paglia’s Salon article today—definitely more insightful than Juan Cole’s’ silly piece yesterday comparing Palin to Muslim fundamentalists. Here’s one of my favorite parts: Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an . . . . Continue Reading »

A Sure-fire Cure for Stefan McDaniel

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1. Take those Austen novels and pack ‘em away. 2. Drop what you’re doing and head off of to the nearest book store. 3. Buy the complete set of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels. 4. Read all twenty volumes sequentially starting with Master and Commander . 5. No need to . . . . Continue Reading »

When Does Human Life Begin?

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Dr. Hymie Gordon (Mayo Clinic): “By all criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.” Dr. Micheline Matthews-Roth (Harvard University Medical School): “It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at . . . . Continue Reading »

Fundamentalism and Fascism

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Michael Potemra tells us that in Bernard-Henri Levy’s forthcoming book Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism , there is an interesting line from the journals of Paul Claudel. On May 21, 1935, Claudel wrote, “Hitler’s speech: a kind of Islamism is being created at . . . . Continue Reading »

Sin Boldly

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From the Westminster Shorter Catechism : Q. 14. What is sin? A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God. From the Baltimore Catechism : Q. 278. What is actual sin? A. Actual sin is any willful thought, word, deed, or omission contrary to the law of God. From Senator . . . . Continue Reading »