Tag Archive for Islam

Christianity’s Close Shave With a Scimitar

As Islam’s 1,400 year old assault on the West has been rekindled for some decades now, I decided during a small available window of time to read about a 50-year period of that conflict that I knew little about.  For anyone interested in a fascinating overview of the struggle in the Mediterranean from the fall of Rhodes in 1522 to the battle of Lepanto in 1571, I highly recommend Roger Crowley’s book Empires of the Sea; The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World. At just under 300 pages, it is

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No More Melting Pot!

When I was a lad, we were taught in school that the United States was a great melting pot of immigrants who settled here to embrace the American dream.  Although frequently settling in ethnic communities, they loved this country and strove to become a part of it.  Often by the second generation they had shed their native language and integrated fully into the fabric of the country.  Is that still the norm?  Perhaps with some groups it is, but I seriously question whether everyone still shares that dream.  Particularly, can large groups of Muslim immigrants embrace the cultural uniqueness of

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Is All ‘Inequality’ Created Equal?

Over the last several weeks, I’ve seen a 2009 opinion piece by former President Jimmy Carter resurface on social media — apparently it went viral over Easter this year. Entitled “Losing my religion for equality,” it offers Mr. Carter’s rationale for breaking off his longtime relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention on the grounds that the group’s leadership “quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be ‘subservient’ to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.” As

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Belloc On The Resurgence Of Islam

In the 1930’s Hilaire Belloc published a book called The Great Heresies.  In this work he made some interesting predictions about the resurgence of Islam and a rekindling of the conflict between Islam and the West.  Given the world’s decades-long run now with Islamic-inspired terror, murder and war, I thought it fitting to share Belloc’s thoughts from almost 80 years ago.  The below excerpt from his book is edited down significantly for length. “Half a lifetime ago it was taken for granted everywhere that the last remnants of Mohammedan power in Europe would disappear.  Everyone was waiting for the end

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A Contentious Canonization?

To judge from the title of this article (Pope Francis completes contentious canonisation of Otranto martyrs) you would be forgiven for assuming that riots had broken out at the Vatican.  You know, water cannons knocking over soccer hooligans defiantly blowing on their vuvuzelas while the Holy Father was speaking.  However, having read articles from a few secular sources now, it seems that the contention boils down to this – the press doesn’t like it.  There are a few commonalities running through this reporting. This was all the nasty Pope Benedict’s idea, a wicked parting gift to his successor, the nice

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