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Psychological Warfare and Terrorism

In a recent column, I suggested that one of the best ways to fight terrorism is by undermining the terrorist’s ideology. For example, by undercutting the belief that seventy-two virgins await the young martyr in paradise, you simultaneously undermine the will to fight. That’s not to say that the standard method of fighting terrorists—with guns—can [...]

The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

A common trope in social policy debates is to claim that the public’s changing opinion on the policy at stake, rather than the policy’s moral or substantive justifications, merits changing the platform of one’s preferred political party. This notion seems recently to have taken root on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, and [...]

South Carolina Hoping to Pick Next President

  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The crowd at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach was feisty, with whoops and cheers for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, though not so much for Ron Paul. But it wasn't nearly as feisty as the crowd that forced the shutdown of the [...]

Newt, the Democratic Mole

  The New York Times' Bill Keller wants Hillary Clinton to replace Joe Biden on the Obama re-election ticket, but a better, likelier choice by far is available — one Newton Leroy Gingrich, reputedly a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination but in fact, an Obama surrogate working for Democratic victory in November. I have [...]

Gingrich, Immigration, and the Election

  Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would [...]

Rick Perry’s Marriage Problems

  Does Rick Perry want to undermine traditional marriage? This question leaps out from his new 20 percent flat-tax plan, which would eliminate all tax advantages for married couples where one spouse is the primary breadwinner. For more than 60 years, the federal income tax has treated the family as an economic unit. A husband [...]

Was Ghandi a ‘Great Soul’?

A new biography on Mahatma Ghandi by Joseph Lelyveld called Great Soul depicts the famous Indian leader of independence as a "sexual weirdo, a political incompetent and a fanatical faddist."   Reviewing the book in the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Roberts says Lelyveld gives credit where it's due, but concludes that Ghandi was an "archetypal [...]

Second-guessing the sexual revolution

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Moses writes on the worrisome trend for younger and younger girls to dress and act provocatively. Of course, that's been the constant lament of parents for generations -- but in Moses' case, she recognizes that her own generation was the first to come of age in the sexual [...]

Should you let your kids drink at home?

An article in the Wall Street Journal examines the debate over whether parents should let children drink alcohol at home. Not surprisingly, both parents and experts differ.According to a 2009 survey, 86 percent of American youths have used alcohol by the age of 21. (This number actually seems a little low to me.)  The WSJ [...]

The power of belief in a superstar’s life

In the Wall Street Journal last week, Neil Strauss pondered why so many stars believe their success is part of a divine plan. He cites his interviews with musical superstars like Lady Gaga, Snoop Dog, Christina Aguilera, and sports heroes like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, all of whom credit God with guiding their [...]

Egypt’s Christians fearful of an uncertain future

The protests in Egypt may continue unabated, but not everyone is so ready to see Hosni Mubarak removed from power. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, many of the nation's minority Coptic Christians are concerned for their future in an unstable Egypt: Fear of what may follow the removal of Mr. Mubarak, [...]

Another economic casualty…

This Wall Street Journal article points to another casualty in the economic slump: churches.  Many are having to close their doors because they can't make their mortgage payments: Since 2008, nearly 200 religious facilities have been foreclosed on by banks, up from eight during the previous two years and virtually none in the decade before [...]

SOTU reactions the morning after

I wasn't able to catch last night's State of the Union address, so I've been poking around this morning to see what I missed. (I might start with reading the full text of the speech here. Apparently there was something about salmon...?) The Wall Street Journal sums up what I've been seeing in a lot [...]

Are Chinese mothers better?

Halfway through this Wall Street Journal article, I thought the author, Amy Chua, might be writing tongue-in-cheek. But the Yale Law professor and author isn't joking. Titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," Chua compares the parenting styles of what she loosely calls "Chinese" mothers with that of "Western" mothers, arguing that the former produces the [...]

Frog-Marching Us into Sodom

Friends told me my predictions of January 1 were a teensy tad cynical: "You keep trying to prove you're the Catholic Mencken. Cut it out -- you're depressing the laity," was a comment that came back to me. More feedback: "Thanks! I'll start the new year by slashing my other wrist." Still more: "Why didn't [...]

Friday Free-for-All: Christmas Eve Edition

Happy Christmas Eve! Things might be a little quiet around here today, as the InsideCatholic staff goes about its last-minute preparations for tomorrow (please tell me I'm not the only one who still has presents left to buy?...). In the meantime, below are a few quick holiday links to tide you over. And from all [...]

‘Assembling the Global Baby’

There's not a whole lot to say about this Wall Street Journal article on the rise of "global surrogacy" -- a new industry that uses "an international network of surrogate mothers and egg and sperm donors . . . to produce children on the cheap and outside the reach of restrictive laws." Or, rather, there [...]

The Tea Party versus The GOP Establishment

In a must-read morning Wall Street Journal op-ed, Senator Jim DeMint offers some advice to the incoming Tea Party candidates: The battle with your Democratic opponents is over; your war with Republican insiders is about to begin. Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you [...]

Election Day Roundup

I just returned from my polling place -- things were awfully quiet in this corner of Baltimore -- and thought I might do an Election Day roundup. First, if you're looking for an interactive election map to keep track of results, the Huffington Post has a good one. *          *   [...]

Discovering a lost language

There are more undiscovered languages than you'd expect -- a lot more. Today's Wall Street Journal reports that two linguists working for National Geographic have found a new one in the Himalayan foothills of India's northeastern state, Arunachal Pradesh.More than 120 languages are spoken in the area, which is very isolated because of the mountainous terrain. [...]

A chaplain and an atheist go to war…

It sounds like the set-up to a joke -- and it is, in a way. The Wall Street Journal has a great profile of Navy Chaplain Terry Moran, a Seventh-Day Adventist, and his assistant, Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Philip Chute, an atheist, and their working relationship in the field: Together they roam this town [...]

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