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Moral Equivalence Gone Very, Very Wrong

Monday, November 30, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder


Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an “act of defiance” against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

Obama used his speech to more than 150 world leaders to salute Paris and its people for “insisting this crucial conference go on” just two weeks after attacks that killed 130 in the French capital. He said leaders had converged to show resolve to fight terrorism and uphold their values at the same time.

“What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than martialing our best efforts to save it,” Obama said.

I am sorry, but this is just pathetic on so many levels.  The president acts as if his personal “courage” in “daring” to got to Paris after the recent attacks accomplishes something.  It’s not like the terrorists dropped a large area weapon; his personal security makes him almost completely immune from attacks like those that happened a couple of weeks ago.  No courage involved.

The president attempts to draw a moral equivalence between the vague and poorly understood notion of “climate change,” and people killing people with guns and bombs right here, today.  There simply is no comparison.  Regardless of how much a climate alarmist your may be, equating the “dangers of climate change” with the dangers of someone holding a gun to your head right now just makes you look silly.

The Paris climate change conference is Obama’s last effort to seal his legacy.  It is too late; his legacy is sealed.  The best he can do with this sort of rhetoric is add the word “silly” to it.

Addendum, a few moments later:  Maybe it will add more than “silly” to that legacy, as environmental protesters are destroying the ad hoc memorial to the victims of the Paris attack.  I am thinking “enables disrespectful jerks” at this point.

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The World Without God

Sunday, November 29, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder


You read about the campus lunacy, but I don’t think it ever really hits home until your experience it personally.

Recently California State University Northridge held an exhibition of comic book art by the greatest master of the form, Jack Kirby.  While not the best such exhibition I have ever seen, it far surpassed my expectations given its humble venue – or it did until I got my belated (it was so popular they sold out) copy of the exhibition catalog.

One of the articles in the catalog featured a discussion of a page in which Ben Grimm, the rock-skinned “Thing” of the Fantastic Four, is told for the first time the name of Reed and Sue Richard’s son, Franklin Benjamin Richards.  It is a comic page that I have seen and read many times, but when I viewed that page at the exhibition raw from the artist’s hand and not the printer’s press it moved me in new ways. I looked at it for a very long time.  The monstrous appearing Grimm, that struggles so mightily to fit into humanity, is deeply moved and I was moved with him.

The Ben Grimm character has almost universal appeal – not unlike Charlie Brown in the recent Peanuts movie.  We all feel like we do not fit in.  We all struggle to be good in the midst of our perceived oddity.  So when a klutz like Charlie Brown or a seeming monster like Grimm are recognized for their goodness – as when (spoiler alert) the little red-haired girl speaks to Charlie Brown at the end of the movie or Grimm’s closest friends name their child for him – we all feel the same amazement, joy and affirmation that the character does.

That is unless you are someone related to a university somewhere commenting on art created before you were born and you feel the need to appropriate that almost universal appeal for your own private crusade. Continue Reading

Larry Arnn’s “Churchill’s Trial”

Friday, November 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Lary Arnn joins me for this Black Friday for encores of recent Hillsdale Dialogues, and I urge you again that, if you have not already done so, purchase his remarkable new book on Winston Churchill, Churchill’s Trial.  Arnn has spent 40 years studying and teaching the great man, and every chapter shows this effort.  Today we are exploring Chapter 3, “The Statesman’s Virtue.”




Thursday, November 26, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Psalm 100

1Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

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