Certainly not all Christians in America celebrated the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, but many did, and not without some good reason. While a Clinton Presidency 2.0 would have likely meant federal efforts to force Christian business owners, medical professionals, and educators to violate their consciences, the Trump administration, despite its many faults, … Continue reading The Danger of Christian Complacency
“Can Anything Stop the Good Times?” asked a recent Wall Street Journal article in which its writers went on to discuss the extremely optimistic attitudes exhibited by bankers and business executives at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Many people today are apparently asking themselves the same question. It would seem that the … Continue reading Can Anything Stop the Good Times?
In early October of this year, an estimated one million Catholic Poles gathered on the borders of their nation to pray the Rosary for peace in the world and for the protection of their country. The event, which was wholly organized by lay people, even received recognition from the Polish prime minister, who tweeted his … Continue reading Poland’s Rosary Rallies: An Example for American Catholics
Belle Plaine, Minnesota is a town of just under 7,000 residents, yet this past year it found itself in the national spotlight due to a religious controversy that has become an all-too-common story. This past summer, some of the town’s residents, with the city government’s permission, erected a memorial in a park dedicated to military … Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Compromising with Satan
“All-male, all-Roman Catholic majority on Supreme Court puts religious wrongs over women’s rights.” Thus read an advertisement which appeared in the New York Times in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and other employers who objected on religious grounds to providing their employees with various forms of birth control. The obvious insinuation of … Continue reading Catholics on the Court: Then and Now
Learn from history or repeat it, the popular maxim goes. The problem is, no one ever seems to learn from history. Consider the following case in point: From 264-146 BC, ancient Rome fought a series of major wars against its greatest rival, the city of Carthage. All three of these Punic Wars, as they are … Continue reading Cato the Elder & John McCain
(From November 30, 2016) Yesterday morning, president-elect Donald Trump laid out his plans to build concentration camps around the United States in order to begin his work of exterminating all minority groups. Actually, I’m lying. In reality, Trump didn’t say anything like that at all. But anyone who’s read the rhetoric flying around on Facebook … Continue reading That Sounds Like Something Hitler Would Have Said
On the first day of my Ancient and Medieval Civilizations class, I always ask my students why we study history. One of them always replies that if we don’t learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it. I think this is true. I also think that we as a people never learn from … Continue reading The Praetorian Guard, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Michael Flynn: Dangerous Precedents