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The canary in the civilization mine shaft?

Religious freedom in the U.S. is increasingly under attack, and most people are anesthetized against the danger. According to Keith Fournier, "In other words, the Catholic Church was just fined by a civil jury for insisting that an employee at a Catholic School abide by the moral teaching of the Church. In the wake of the growing hostility toward the Church and the increasing violations against the Free Exercise of Religion in the United States, this verdict is a metaphorical warning shot across the bow."

Has the left won?

I happen to have a long list of blogs and other opinion sites that I sample using Internet RSS feeds, though I'm sure lots of people wouldn't consider my lest to be particularly long. At any rate, one of the feeds I monitor is The Black Sphere. Evidently, Kevin Jackson, or a member of his blogging team, came across an interesting example of conservative "speculative journalism" on another site, RightVoice Media, entitled, "Surrender." Kevin's link to the piece is entitled, "Has the Left Won?"

Is the canon of scripture closed?

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The question is raised by John Turner at First Things on the Square in " How Does God Still Speak?". I comment as follows:.

It seems to me the question posed here is not as difficult to address as it may seem at first blush.

What is Modernism, really, and why is it a problem?

It was Blessed Pope Pius IX who first condemned modernism (although, evidently, not by that name, per se) in his "Syllabus of Errors." In ¶ 80, he condemned the proposition that "The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization." Among the ideas the Church was expected to reconcile itself with at the time was the Communism of Karl Marx. By the time of Pius X, the Church was expected to reconcile itself with the Eugenics of Sir Francis Galton.

Homeostasis in the American 2-Party System

It takes a major social upheaval in the American political system, such as civil war, to cause a major political realignment that goes as far as the downfall of one political party and the rise of another. The Republican Party historically began as an anti-slavery activist party in 1854.

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