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Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds (1775)

 

A collection of random articles and essays that may challenge your perspectives on random topics.  We’ll start with a statistical analysis of life in the universe, or the lack thereof, in “Where Are All the Extraterrestrials?”  Next, we’ll come down to earth to explore “Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is.”  Since we are discussing belief systems, let’s consider “The New Testament: The World’s Only Unedited, Frameless, Correlative Anthology.”  Finally, let’s go back to the stars.  Do you know why you cannot ever stay in the same place for more than a moment?  Here’s why.  How’s that for a potpourri of mind-blowing readings?

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Very interesting conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Uncommon Knowledge

 

Update: Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been labeled an “extremist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  You can read her response to this ridiculous charge here:  https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/08/25/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-being-labeled-an-extremist-by-the-southern-poverty-law-center-n2373135

Hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters, as proven by the increased numbers of cases and attacks documented in this report. This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience. It is eroding the bedrock on which stand vital American institutions such as government, education, the military, business, houses of worship, and charity. It has the potential to wash away the ground that supports our other rights, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, and government by consent of the people. – Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty Institute

The First Liberty Institute has documented hundreds of cases of religious persecution and hostility here in the U.S. in their new study, “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America.”  The authors suggest that hostility towards those of faith is increasing and expanding.  This is a difficult, but important topic, and I recommend reading the study.

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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers a very readable article by Alfred S. Regnery summarizing what Conservatism is, where it comes from, and where it is today.  “The Pillars of Modern American Conservatism” includes a concise summary of conservative values and expands on Russel Kirk’s “Four Cities” as it gives a brief history of the movement.  Definitely worth the read.

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The church bombings in Egypt last week, on Palm Sunday, are sadly far from uncommon.  Raymond Ibrahim of PJ Media documents multiple attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, called for by the Muslim leaders of that country.  ISIS, of course, has targeted Christians in Syria, Iraq and other countries.  Persecution of Christians continues in Africa, Asia, South America and even in Europe.  A report by Release International predicts a rise in violence against Christians around the world.