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On the Bernardi/Family First Merger

Apr 26, 2017

I have often discussed the various smaller pro-family and pro-faith political parties in Australia, and asked about the feasibility of some of them joining forces to pack more political punch and stand a better chance in the elections. And discussions

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Islam and Religious Freedom

Mar 24, 2017

There was a somewhat unhelpful article in the National Review recently entitled “Why Baptists Should Support Muslims’ Right to Build Mosques.” The link to it can be found below. It is not my intention to deal with everything found in

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Wilders, the Dutch, and the Future of Europe

Mar 18, 2017

Times are a changing. After Brexit and Trump – two unexpected victories – other countries are now looking at radical political and social turnarounds. This is especially the case in Europe. We had one election there this week, and we

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I am Praying for Milo

Feb 21, 2017

I just finished saying elsewhere that I have written three articles on the controversial conservative, homosexual firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos thus far, and I don’t intend on doing any more. OK, so I have had a change of heart. The main

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On Homosexual Conservatism

Feb 19, 2017

We increasingly find the homosexual movement hopping into bed with the conservative movement. Some conservatives think that this is a good thing. I am not so sure. While it is good to have conservative allies of various stripes, are we

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Michael Novak, RIP

Feb 18, 2017

One of the most prolific, influential and important social commentators of recent times has just passed away at the age of 83. Michael Novak was a key Catholic thinker who wrote copiously on economic, political, social, ethical and theological themes.

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Cory Bernardi and Lixit

Feb 7, 2017

It is official: South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has exited the Liberal Party, forming his own conservative party. The decision was made just moments ago as parliament resumed for the year. It is already causing huge waves both within

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Some Sanity on the US Entry Restrictions

Feb 2, 2017

The lunar left has gone ballistic over the recent executive order of the Trump administration to restrict in very limited ways various arrivals into the US. You would have thought that he bombed Mecca, declared Islam to be a verboten

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Gorsuch: Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

Feb 1, 2017

Trump’s original list of 21 US Supreme Court justice nominees to replace Antonin Scalia who died in February last year was recently brought down to a top-two choice:

-Thomas Hardiman, 51, from Massachusetts, a federal judge on the United States

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On 30,000 Islamic Terror Attacks

Dec 30, 2016

We all remember the 9/11 Islamic terror attack – or we certainly should remember! The 2001 attacks in America were a wakeup call to many about the enemy we face. Yet sadly for the 15 years that have followed, we

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Islam, the West, and Geert Wilders

Nov 24, 2016

A devout Muslim does not believe in democracy. Neither does he believe in the rule of law, freedom, pluralism, religious liberty, freedom of conscience, the equality of women, the equality of non-Muslims, and so on. For these reasons alone we

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The Importance of Political Involvement

Nov 17, 2016

Politics is not everything and politics cannot save us. But the political realm is nonetheless quite important and we avoid political engagement to our own detriment. It is incumbent upon all believers to have some political awareness and involvement. If

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Those Poor Delicate Dandelions

Nov 14, 2016

Back in 2007 Diana West wrote an important volume entitled The Death of the Grownup. In it she lamented the fact that an entire generation of adults are stuck in adolescence. They have refused to grow up, to take

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More on the Trump Win/Clinton Loss

Nov 10, 2016

Yesterday I posted my first piece on the historic election victory of Donald Trump. In it I said that this election was all about who was disliked the most. People were not so much voting for someone as against someone

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Trump Wins

Nov 9, 2016

With a record turnout, and with even the New York Times now calling it, it is clear that Donald Trump has got enough disaffected voters to rise up and say no to the Democrats, to Hillary and to Obama. He

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Leaders, Elections, and God’s Will

Nov 8, 2016

There can often be lots of fuzzy thinking on things such as God and the nations, the rise and fall of leaders and the like. Indeed, they encompass so many large mega-themes of the Bible, that unless one is prepared

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