The President has doubled down on a false and demonizing caricature of Trump’s followers. At least until this past week, it was still reasonable to dream that a president elected as a unifier could bring the left and the right in America a bit closer together by asking each recognize a measure of sincerity and […]
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An American mother mourns the loss of her nerdy teenager in the transgender tsunami. Do you know why it matters whether you use a 1.85:1 aspect ratio or a 2.39:1 aspect ratio? I don’t, because I refuse to learn. This is a long-running discussion in my marriage. My husband seems very insistent that the distinction […]
Some educators claim that teaching the objective facts of mathematics and science is an imposition of Western imperialism. Facts once assumed true by everyone are quickly becoming controversial. This is a trend we have all become aware of. There is, for example, increasing pressure to suggest that pregnancy can happen to women and men. People […]
Every teacher’s worst nightmare. Comedy is the most effective way to skewer idiocy. Alternative Math depicts a nightmarish student who refuses to accept that 2+2=4. And since Little Johnny must always be right, the teacher’s confrontation with him gets escalated to the school board, with calamitous consequences. It’s terribly unfair, exaggerated all out of proportion … and […]
The stage is being set for the legal marginalization of mothers, fathers, and families by force of law. Nancy Pelosi and her fellow gender-inclusive enthusiasts have taken a bold and much-disparaged move to erase language that expresses the reality of familial relationships. In the name of inclusivity, words like “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, […]
The transgender revolution is just one facet of the larger revolution of the self in the Western world. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution By Carl R. Trueman. Crossway Books, 2020. 432 pages Carl R. Trueman is a church historian, professor of biblical […]
A growing number of leading serious intellectuals are recognising the need for Christianity’s resurrection but can’t quite bring the faith to life in themselves. Recently, I spent some time on the phone with Niall Ferguson, the Scottish historian and Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, for a review I was writing of his latest […]
The cancelling of Gina Carano foreshadows more sinister developments. The Force is no longer with Gina Carano, one of the stars of The Mandalorian, the wildly popular spin-off from the Star Wars films. She has been cancelled. Twitter erupted with #FireGinaCarano and Lucasfilm dutifully complied. Carano, a 38-year-old mixed-martial arts expert who has moved into acting, […]
“This very, very complex thing is being over-simplified,” says a world expert on the transgender phenomenon. Dr. Paul R. McHugh is University Distinguished Service Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975 to […]
Leave your suggestions in the Comments box below. 2021 was a strange year for the film industry. Covid-19 closed the theatres for many months; a number of movies appeared first on streaming services like Amazon and Netflix. We’ve selected a dozen of the year’s releases for our readers. Not all of them are Oscar material, […]
Strange but true: an abortion clinic is misgendering a trans doctor. Today’s dispatch from the Reproductive Revolution comes from Kansas City, Missouri. Quinn Jackson, MD, (they/he) is a family medicine physician there and a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Dr Jackson stands out in the reproductive health space – a trans male doctor (i.e., natal female) […]
The vast majority of the planet could be classified as TERFs, since most people do not believe that people can change sex at will. TERF: Abbreviation for: Trans Educated Rational Female (female form) Trans Educated Rational Father (male form) Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (archaic) During the recent controversy about Dave Chapelle’s Netflix special, The Closer, the term TERF was […]
Ulrich Kutschera dared to question the ‘pseudo-science’ underpinning LGBTQI+ ideology. This year marks the centenary of the birth of a man who is largely unknown to the general public, but whose intellectual legacy has a profound influence on our daily life: John Money (1921-2006), the New Zealand-born American psychologist who invented the idea of so-called […]
Racial politics takes precedence in an updated version of ‘my country, right or wrong’. American actor Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of having staged a racist attack against himself. In 2019, Smollett hired two Nigerian body builders to pose as Trump sympathizers who allegedly attacked him and tied a noose around his neck— a powerful symbol […]
Brash. Brilliant. Iconoclastic. Downright loopy. Those are some words that come to mind describing the founder of SpaceEx, The Boring Company, Open AI and Neuralink, and head honcho at Tesla, the electric vehicle (EV) behemoth. He’s said to be the richest man in the world, supposedly worth US $270 billion. I wouldn’t hesitate to swap financial statements […]