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The Scale of the Chinese Lockdown — What to make of these scary figures?

The official death toll from the Covid-19/coronavirus now stands at over 2,500 people. There are over 80,000 cases worldwide. The people I’ve talked to about this epidemic fall into two camps. Those in the first camp say that this needs to be put into perspective, the number of people who die each year from the […]

Twitter piles on Richard Dawkins over Eugenics tweet

The eminent expert in communicating science botches his explanation. Twitter may not be the best medium for explaining the science of eugenics to a wary public, as the sometime Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, Richard Dawkins, discovered this week. Professor Dawkins, now aged 78, renowned as an […]

The Hidden Scourge of Modern Slavery: Even in the United States, thousands of women and girls are working as sex slaves

In 2010, President Barack Obama made January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s incredible that anyone needs to be aware of slavery 157 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. But it still exists. “Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society,” said President Trump when he launched this year’s commemoration. “It […]

The Tradwife movement reminds us of the virtue of service in marriage

In a culture that has championed feminism, the Women’s March, #MeToo, and national campaigns to close the gender pay gap, life as a full-time homemaker seems anything but progressive. And yet, the growing #TradWife social media movement celebrates the classic domestic female as its role model. The movement, often illustrated with 1950s posters of apple-cheeked […]

Paganism in 21st-century Europe – what’s the attraction?

Some Europeans have turned to ancient pagan religion to fill the spiritual vacuum created by today’s materialistic world – with a bit of tweaking here and there. Our ancestors worshipped an array of nature spirits and deities before the advent of Christianity. The shaman (to use a generic term) was the intermediary between spirit beings […]

Court victory for UK ‘transphobia’ delinquent

Tweeting rhymes against transgenderism is allowed in a non-Orwellian state, says a judge. Former British police officer Harry Miller has successfully challenged the use of Hate Crime Operational guidelines, issued by the College of Policing in 2014 and followed by police forces nationally. A Judge found that they had been unlawfully used to interfere with […]

The transgender suicide myth exposed: What should really terrify parents is the mutilation of their child’s healthy body.

Jazz Jennings, star of the TLC reality show “I Am Jazz,” has been sharing her transition story from male to female since she was six years old. Now she is 19, bound for Harvard, and convalescing from last year’s “bottom surgery” – removal of the male bits. The sixth season of “I Am Jazz”, which […]

Did anti-bullyism kill 12-year-old Tristan Peterson?

Psychologists should consider the harm caused by anti-bullying policies. Thanks to anti-bullying laws, schools are now routinely being sued for the death of bullied kids who commit suicide. Another lawsuit has just made national news, this time against a school in New Jersey which prided itself on having the toughest anti-bullying law in the country. […]

Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis

Heather Alberro discusses Dr. Jane Goodall’s recent remarks. The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and business to deliberate how to solve the worsening climate and ecological crisis. The meeting came just as devastating bush fires were abating in Australia. These fires are thought to have killed up to one billion animals and generated a new […]

Burying ‘dead white males’: Will the deconstructionists win the battle for ‘Western Civilization’?

In the on-going debate over whether “dead white males” like William Shakespeare are needed anymore in English courses, Sheffield University, one of England’s leading institutions of higher education, says No. According to a report in The Telegraph, an induction video for first-year students asserts that “academia has historically been a white dominated space” and encourages students […]

What comes after transgender theories? Radical feminists have a game plan for destroying the family.

Today’s dispatch comes from two remote outposts of stellar gender gobbledegook in the Galaxy of Improbable Lunacy. It suggests that some academics are navigating so deep in space that  they have outpaced even the light emitted by the transgender supernova. Feminism is a broad church. There are feminists who are strongly pro-family and pro-life; they fight […]

I am a pro-life Democrat, preparing to hold my nose and vote for Trump

There seems to be no place for people like me in the party. I am a pro-life Democrat. From where I sit, I continue to be horrified by the Democratic Party leadership. They seem to be behaving in ways calculated to drive away all but the most ideologically committed members. Let’s start with Hillary’s defeat […]

Has Davos got it wrong? Climate change may not be the biggest threat facing the world.

This week’s talkfest at the Swiss ski resort Davos is peak virtue-signalling. “This year we’re sensing a real desire to take action and implement change on the critical issues facing the world,” gushes its website. Everyone’s trying to make a good impression. On the train to Davos 2020, a writer for the New York Times spoke with a […]

China’s underground Christian communities: Unwitting forerunners of the Benedict Option?

Both Catholics and Protestants have survived decades of persecution. In early 2017, conservative American pundit Rod Dreher published a bombshell of a book called The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. He argued that conservative Western Christians should give up their futile war over the cultural mainstream and withdraw into tightly-knit communities […]

Roe v Wade comes to Hollywood — Exclusive interview with the star of a new film about the famous court case.

January 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the most contentious decision ever handed down by the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 judgement, the Court held that American women have a “fundamental” right to an abortion. Since that day, an estimated 61 million of them have taken place in the US. No longer […]