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The World Where Being an Odd Mom Means Loving Your Kids

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Watching a four year old boy jiggle his mother’s underwear’d-rear end was an odd way to open a TV show. Then again, it was the perfect kind of quirk for Bravo, a network devoted to mocking worship of all that is rich, fake, and wannabe-famous. This, of course, makes the “odd” in Odd Mom Out the […]

Should Unvaccinated Children Be Forced to Stay Home From School?

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

It so happened that I was preparing an introduction to an anthology of the writings of Edmund Burke when I read an article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine with the title “Social Distancing and the Unvaccinated.” One of Burke’s main contentions, at least according to me, is that politics are, […]

Duggar Girls’ Pain Makes for Great Spin-Off PR

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Why hasn’t TLC officially cancelled the Duggars? Ask Jill and Jessa, the daughters who are going through “immeasurable pain” presumably because they have to re-live the humiliating experience of being fondled by their brother when they were pre-teens. They’re so humiliated that they booked an exclusive with Fox News to air their shame before an […]

28 Things You Can Do to Raise Sane Kids in an Insane World

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

“I’m the new normal,” cooed Caitlyn, with a serious, authoritative look. The long-haired, attractive celebrity model said this while being interviewed on CNN. This celebrity has been the topic of many articles and has graced the cover of many magazines — including the most recent edition of Vanity Fair, where the curvy Caitlyn posed in a […]

Friendly Fire: When Christian General Prays, All Hell Breaks Loose

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

A two-star Air Force general drew heavy fire for mentioning Christ at a National Day of Prayer event on May 7, when the shrewdly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation called for “Major General Craig S. Olson [to] be immediately, aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions via trial by […]

The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a sixth sense for murder, is called in to consult on an unsolved mystery at a small Quaker school in […]

Why Are Gay Atheists More Comfortable with the Bible than Christians and Jews Are?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Writing on the recent Catholic Church reaction to the gay marriage referendum in Ireland, Matthew Parris parodies Exodus 32, the chapter in which Moses descends from Sinai with the original tablets only to find the Hebrews worshiping a golden calf: ‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that […]

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]

Pew Says Only 70% of Americans Are Christian, Jesus Says It’s Much Less Than That

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Much ado has been made of a new poll from Pew Research heralding the rapid decline of Christianity in America. From The Blaze: … the United States remains a majority Christian country, with 70.6 percent falling under the Bible-based umbrella in 2014. This is a decrease of eight percentage points, though, from 2007 when the […]

5 Spiritual Lessons I Learned From My Pregnancy

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Whether this is your first time out or you’ve already been around the bend, take a moment to congratulate yourself, Ms. Mom. You are a miracle maker. You, hovering over the toilet in the midst of all-day sickness, are in the midst of accomplishing what no one else on this earth but you can do. […]

Will the 21st Century Reunite Church and State?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Before, organized, uniformed and relatively disciplined and conventional Arab armies fought under their national flag. Today the armies have been replaced by terrorist gangsters and black-cloaked jihadists. Conventional war has been replaced by terrorist attacks. Battles fought between tanks and infantry in remote deserts have been replaced by battles fought in densely populated civilian areas and behind the protection of human […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Point of Human Existence

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Warning: Spoilers regarding the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron will be discussed below. You’ve been warned. Actor Simon Pegg recently made headlines after a controversial radio interview in which he expressed his desire to “retire from geekdom.” He denounced the current spate of comic book films and other genre fare as “childish” and indicative […]

Want to Avoid Raising a Brat? Here’s What You Need to Know

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Avner Zarmi

Picture the scenario: Your little boy comes home from kindergarten and you tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do. He responds with the ethos of the playground: “Mommy, you’re stupid!” There are typically five kinds of maternal reactions (all of which I’ve actually seen, at one time or another), depending on what […]

Why We’re Addicted to Nihilism: The Psychology Behind Mad Men’s Empty, Pointless Ending

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Sonia Saraiya, writing for Salon, observes the frustration of many fans in the wake of Mad Men‘s rather un-poignant series finale: I left this finale believing myself to be disappointed in Don Draper, but I’m really disappointed with myself. Disappointed for this narrative of settling for the modern world—which, along with its many perks, like lower infant […]

Of Course America Is Giving Up on Christianity — We Gave Up on God Ages Ago

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Christians decided going to church was enough, rather than advocating Christian morals and values. Jews decided even God wasn’t necessary. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2015 If Ben Shapiro’s simply stated point isn’t enough to drive home the idea that the latest Pew survey on religious life in America reported absolutely nothing new, just […]

Feminist Media Ignoring Greatest Thing to Happen to Muslim Women on YouTube…Of Course

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Shugs & Fats, short for Shugufta and Fatima, two Muslim women attempting to negotiate their way into Western culture by encountering every feminist trend in the pop culture playbook. Their YouTube series reminds you of what Saturday Night Live could be, if it were still funny. An irreverent examination of […]

Time to Worry: Americans Are Turning Away from Christianity

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change America’s religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, they’re succeeding better than many thought possible: The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest […]

Hollywood Reporter Uses Natalie Portman to ‘Sh*t on Israel’

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In the wake of the right-wing victory in Israel’s most recent elections, a number of famous Israeli artists made news in the Jewish blogosphere for their anti-Netanyahu tirades. Apparently the Hollywood Reporter caught on to the trend and attempted to manifest it on this side of the ocean with Israeli-American star Natalie Portman. One huge problem […]

Is There Too Much Jesus in Republican Politics?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

As Republican presidential candidates, both announced and presumed, begin to woo social conservatives in Iowa, the role of religion in politics has once again become the subject of debate. Mark V. Kormes, an Objectvist and therefore non-believer, took to social media expressing his frustration. It didn’t take long for such a provocative decree to attract […]

Dennis Prager’s Inspiring 10 Commandments Project Sets a New Media Standard

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

Everyone make a point to take in Dennis Prager’s extraordinary 10 Commandments videos and essays, now available in print and in DVD. Released last year from the non-profit Prager University, the 11 videos and the full text are available online, however the presentation that Regnery has put together in the small, comfortable book makes all […]

Has Pope Francis Opened a Door That He Might Not Be Able To Close?

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - by Pierre Comtois

In a first installment of the synod held last year, concerns were raised by many that some in the Catholic hierarchy, apparently supported by the Pope himself, were willing to consider changes in the Church’s teachings regarding such issues as communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitation, and homosexuality. Those issues seemed to be questioned […]

Christian Persecution Is a Resurrected Form of Antisemitism

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Paula, I found your piece to be very timely based on the thoughts coming from my Christian friends regarding the growing persecution of the Christian church abroad and at home. One comment I received regarding a recent Tatler post acknowledges what many of my friends have already expressed: Ms. Goldberg, I have heard the expression […]

Should Christians & Jews Fear a Muslim Majority?

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Should this projected demographic shift worry non-Muslims? Some controversial research suggests that an increase in the percentage of the Muslim population in a country correlates to increasingly aggressive rights-violating behavior from that population. Taken at face value, the numbers present a concern. However, for Christians and Jews in particular, it would help to remember that […]

When Salon Went Hunting for Christian Terrorists…

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Robert Spencer

Ever heard of the Army of God? Or Concerned Christians? As far as Salon and other leftist media outlets are concerned, they’re just as lethal as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda – and the only reason why you haven’t heard of them but have heard of the Islamic terror groups is because of the mainstream […]