The attempted takedown of HGTV megastars Chip and Joanna Gaines underscores one point: Public shaming is the new tool of anti-traditionalists. And they will pillory anyone holding unfashionable views on human sexuality.
Religion holds powerful sway over people’s lives—but not always in ways we might expect. We typically imagine that the faithful check their brains at the church door and follow whatever dicta religious leaders offer. Maybe not. While religious belief represents the greatest influence on how people voted in … Continue Reading →
November 22 marks the 53rd anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. He wrote dozens of profound and insightful books but never imagined his influence would continue. “After I’ve been dead five years,” he told a friend, “no one will read anything I’ve written.” He was wrong about that.
Last week my wife and I watched Netflix’s new show, The Crown. I found the story riveting, its characters compelling, and the angle surprisingly countercultural. The first season (out of projected six) deals with the ascension of Elizabeth II to the English throne in 1952 and the first … Continue Reading →
So … Trump. Now what? There are a hundred ways to answer that question, some more pressing than others. One seems most urgent of all. The new administration must renounce any connection to, or influence by, alt-right racists and nativists.