Worship of Self corrodes the obligations of marriage

Jan 5, 2016 by

From The Conservative Woman: In response to Kathy Gyngell: A New Year resolution for Dave. Sam to lead a campaign to make marriage cool, Phil R wrote:  I am not sure that “cool” will work. Practically we need to make divorce more difficult and provide clear reasons for doing this and (especially) answer the the first criticism that will be sent our way, that we will be “compelling people to live in unhappy marriages” How powerful is a simple adjective like...

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Flaubert’s arrogance prefigured the world wars

Jan 3, 2016 by

By Julian Mann, TCW: Dictator, Robert Harris’s latest novel based on the career of the Roman politician and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BC), is among his best, but it begins with a vainglorious quotation from Gustave Flaubert. More about that later. But Harris fans may be interested to compare their own ranking of his novels with this: Joint 1st – Fatherland and The Ghost Joint 2nd – Imperium and Dictator Joint 3rd – Archangel and An Officer and a Spy Joint...

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Coming 2016: All-Out War On So-Called ‘Social Justice’

Jan 2, 2016 by

By Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart: In 2016, battle lines will be drawn. On one side, people of all colours, genders and orientations are rallying around the flag of freedom of speech. On the other, a nasty set of authoritarians are rallying around a flag that identifies as a flag only on Mondays, uses they/them pronouns and will try to get you fired or expelled from school if you forget it. Let me explain. In 2015, I saw the seeds of a movement begin to sprout. Across the internet, and even in...

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Debating the data

Dec 31, 2015 by

By David Kinnaman, Barna Group: […]  I was recently asked by Jonathan Merritt, a columnist at The Atlantic, to comment on the idea of bias in polling—whether certain social expectations can cause survey participants to answer questions with the answer they believe the researcher is looking for. It’s called “social desirability bias” and it’s been pointed to by a few people as a possible cause for the relatively quick shift in public opinion toward support of same-sex marriage. Merritt...

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Church of England report branded Marxist

Dec 30, 2015 by

By Gavin Cordon, Belfast Telegraph A Church of England report which attacked key policies of Margaret Thatcher’s government was denounced as “Marxist” by one of her closest advisers. The publication of Faith In The City in December 1985 was seen as a landmark event, sparking intense public debate about the role of the Church in society and the impact of Thatcherism at a time of inner-city breakdown and perceived rising inequality The report, which had been commissioned by the...

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Sex and the Religion of Me

Dec 28, 2015 by

By James Kalb, First Things: Why has the equivalence of same-sex and opposite-sex relations suddenly become a moral and social absolute? That it has is plain to see. In the Supreme Court’s recent ­Windsor decision, which struck down much of the federal Defense of ­Marriage Act, the majority found that the only reason for denying equivalence is a desire to harm same-sex couples. Overcoming this supposed bigotry is now an overriding foreign-policy goal of the United States. It is worth...

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