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Why are thousands of people who've never set foot in church before suddenly showing up for choral evensong?
Thousands of people are turning out to hear free choral music around Britain, many for the first time. The ancient church music has been around for centuries – but is getting a new audience due to a new website set up to enable people to find choral evensong services at cathedrals, colleges and churches anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Is it time for the Roman Catholic Church to take a page from the Anglicans and make a proper service of Evening Prayer?
Five Ways the Charlottesville Marches Backfired
The true tragedy of many responses to Charlottesville was the false choice it set up: that the only alternative to the alt-right is the leftist antifa. Or conversely, if you hate the leftist antifa, you have no choice but to back the alt-right. This is sheer nonsense. You cannot give up your credibility on basic issues like human rights and the dignity of every human life and expect to maintain political support over the long run. We are too far down the path toward peace and universal emancipation to go there. The future is bright and not grim and bloody, as these marchers and their backers imagine. No movement based on the aspiration to rule and oppress others can fully anticipate how their activities will play out over time.
It’s never the right thing to avoid explaining that white supremacy is evil. President Trump should have explicitly condemned white supremacy on the day of the Charlottesville murder.
France is the country where Dr. Jerome Lejeune first began researching and treating patients with Down syndrome. It is the country where Jean Vanier began L’Arche homes for disabled adults. It is the country where Charles de Gaulle proudly and lovingly doted on Anne, his daughter with Down syndrome. But today, French law requires that prenatal tests be offered to all pregnant women. According to some academic studies, more than 90 percent of French children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. And the French government has decided that the mere sight of children with Down syndrome on television is an unhappy intrusion on the national conscience.
How the Mainstream Media Gets Hate Wrong
We have a problem in the United States with hate.
CNN simply reprinted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map as fact. That destroys the label of hate and it trivializes the real evil that is out there. This isn’t news. This is simply lefty propaganda.
Populism and the Future of Democracy
Unlike the term “democracy,” which has wide appeal, “populism” is rife with derogatory connotations and is used as a rhetorical weapon to delegitimize political movements. But at the heart of current populist upsurges–in Europe and in the U.S.–is a healthy reaction against relocating authority from its traditional seat (Parliament in Britain and Congress and the Courts in the U.S.), into the hands of unelected, unassailable bodies (the European Union and the U.S. administrative agencies, respectively). The recent populist upsurges are also a reaction against a larger progressive project that seeks the dissolution of the nation state and Western civilization as necessary steps on the way to a universal civilization in which all parochial distinctions and divisions would be wiped away. One of the primary tasks of conservatism will be to resist this idea of a total society.
The populist uprising, here and in Europe, affirms sovereignty against threats to liberty posed by the progressive agenda.The current movements, cast with negative associations of “populism,” are in part a reaction against the state of dependency created by the administrative state.The administrative state is part of a larger progressive push that seeks the dissolution of traditional sources of identity in favor of world citizenship. Populist is one word for the phenomenon. An affirmation of sovereignty, underwritten by a passion for freedom, is another, possibly more accurate, phrase.
Another Bogus Score for Air Traffic Control Reform
While Congress has flown the coop for its August recess, the clock is ticking toward the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Sept. 30 also marks the deadline for reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a task both chambers of Congress have yet to accomplish despite passing their respective FAA bills out of committee. A flawed Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is now making that task more difficult.
Canadian Doctors Like Me Are Starting To Look For The Exit
Canada, and especially Ontario, has become an increasingly unattractive place to practice as a doctor. What if you or your loved one desperately needed to see a doctor, but there were none left; or, just as hopeless, the wait list was well over a year long? What if there are not enough doctors to work at all the emergency departments across the country? I do not expect people to feel sorry for the financial matters of doctors. From the public's perspective, all doctors are relatively rich.
Decades later, ‘Uncle Sam' billboard still sparks debate
A two-sided billboard in Chehalis that became notorious for the arch-conservative views posted on it continues to stir up passersby decades later.
Public monuments serve the same public propaganda function as public schools. The solution in both cases is the same.
Throughout history, the state has justified itself on the grounds that it is necessary to protect us from others whose habits and beliefs — we are meant to believe — are dangerous. For millennia, this fiction was easy to maintain because most people interacted so little with people outside their nearly autarkic — and therefore impoverished — communities.
Not a NW thing? A look at Washington’s Confederate monuments
Violence in Charlottesville renewed debate over Confederate monuments. They aren’t just in the South. There are a few Confederate monuments in Washington state. The influence of Southerners who moved here in the early 20th century is credited. They include Jefferson Davis Park, privately owned in Ridgefield, There is a monument to Confederate soldiers in Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. Of course, Robert E. Lee Elementary School in East Wenatchee was mentioned.
The Last Surviving Witness of the Lincoln Assassination Appears on the TV Game Show “I’ve Got a Secret” (1956)
Let's rewind the videotape to 1956, to Samuel James Seymour's appearance on the CBS television show, "I've Got a Secret." At 96 years of age, Seymour was the last surviving person present at Ford's Theater the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (April 14, 1865). Only five years old at the time, Mr. Seymour traveled with his father to Washington D.C. on a business trip, where they attended a performance of Our American Cousin. The youngster caught a quick glimpse of the president, the play began, and the rest is, well, history.
After World War II, Jonas Mekas, the “godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” kept a diary while living in a displaced-person camp.
The driver of a van that killed at least 13 people and injured more than 100 in Catalonia's capital is still on the run.
Charlottesville Police Come Forward: We Were Told to “STAND DOWN” to Ignite Race War (Video)
A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his outrage at being told to “stand down” by the city mayor during violent clashes between protesters. The officer also claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to allow for the groups to ignite into exactly what happened. “We [Charlotesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.“
Let's Get Rid of Mount Rushmore
Donald Trump says removing confederate statues is a slippery slope that could get out of control. Maybe he's right—would that be such a bad thing?
ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms
Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance
UPDATE: One home, untallied outbuildings lost in Monument Hill Fire
At least one home and an untallied number of outbuildings were destroyed in the Monument Hill Fire that burned through the night between Quincy and Ephrata.
"There Are No Good Klansmen" - Democratic Lawmaker Unveils Plan To Impeach Trump
We’re surprised it’s taken this long. As the national outpouring of disgust following President Donald Trump’s response to last weekend’s attack in Charlottesville, Va. continues, at least one Democratic lawmaker is calling for Trump to be removed from office. Claiming that Trump has failed to provide “moral leadership,” Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen told the Hill that he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against the president in defiance of the Democratic leadership, who worry that unsuccessful attempts to remove the president will make party look weak.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer Speculates That Barcelona Attack May Be "Copycat" Of Charlottesville
This is a new low, even for CNN. Following a terrorist attack that has left at least 13 people dead and 50 injured in Barcelona after a van, allegedly driven by a man carrying a Moroccan passport, plowed through crowded streets (see our coverage here), CNN's Wolf Blitzer actually suggested on air that the attacker may be a "copycat" looking to recreate the Charlottesville tragedy. “There will be questions about copycats. Questions, if what happened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Blitzer said. “Even though they may be different characters and different political ambitions, they use the same killing device. A vehicle going at high speed a group, a large group, of pedestrians.”