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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

June 2011 Archives

The Real Ron Paul on Foreign Policy

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ron Paul’s fellow Republicans haven’t just castigated him for his foreign policy positions; they have routinely and resoundingly mocked him.  What has the Texas congressman said that is so rationally and morally indefensible?  When we move beyond the universe of […]

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The Real Ron Paul on Marriage and Drugs

posted by Jack Kerwick

As of late, Ron Paul has once again been the subject of relentless criticism courtesy of Republican Party pundits.  It is his positions on marriage, “recreational” drugs, and current American foreign policy that invite, not just his detractors’ objections, but […]

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Legislating Morality: An Analysis

posted by Jack Kerwick

For decades, those on the left have clashed swords with those on the right over the issue of “legislating morality.”  The latter believes, not only that it is appropriate for law makers to “legislate morality,” but that it is impossible […]

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“Racism:” The Trial of a Word

posted by Jack Kerwick

In St. John’s gospel, the evangelist says of the wondrous deeds of his Master that so great are they in number that not all of the books in the entire world could contain them. It seems something similar could be […]

Why I Defend Ron Paul

posted by Jack Kerwick

Although I have defended him on numerous occasions, it may surprise some readers of this column to discover that not unlike his legions of detractors within the Republican Party, I too have some problems with Ron Paul.  But for at […]

Politics and the Land of Make Believe

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among the shows I used to watch as a child was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  In every episode, Fred Rogers would whisk his viewers away to “the land of make believe.”  It has been quite some time since any reader of […]

Thoughts on the Ultimate Penalty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last October, at the time that two low lives from Connecticut went to trial for their horrific crimes against the Petit family, I wrote this essay in which I argued for capital punishment.   Three years ago, two career criminals, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komiserjevsky, […]

Intellectual Corruption in the Age of Adolescence

posted by Jack Kerwick

A while ago I wrote an article that generated quite a discussion. With this I was well pleased.  Yet, I must confess, my pleasantness over the response with which this issue was met was qualified by a frustration mixed with […]

Thinking About Blacks and “White Racism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

The rate of black on white violence is astronomically higher than that of white on black violence.  This has been the case for quite a long while.  In the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, however, Barack Obama […]

Nietzsche and the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

While reading Friedrich Nietzsche’s account of the origins and nature of morality, I got to thinking about our contemporary political situation, specifically as it pertains to the left. Rejecting as he did the very notion of objectivity, Nietzsche believed that […]

Moral Relativism and the Left Reconsidered

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among many on the right, the belief that their opponents on the left are “moral relativists” dies hard.  But die it must, for not only is this not true, it is about as far from the truth as it can […]

Examining Obama’s idea of “Fundamental Transformation”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Since he has been elected president, commentators on the right have debated amongst themselves as to what Barack Obama honestly expects to gain from his policies.  One school of thought, represented by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, swears that the […]

“WeinerGate”: A Moral Distraction

posted by Jack Kerwick

While Republicans and Democrats generally have a difficult time finding agreement on details, something close to a genuinely bi-partisan consensus over the Anthony Weiner situation seems to be forming.  The recently married New York Congressman who repeatedly insisted on his […]

The Mad Doctor, or Mad Medved?

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his, “Ron Paul, Hookers, and Heroin,” nationally syndicated talk show host Michael Medved has once more indulged his obsession with Ron Paul. Paul is a “crackpot,” Medved says, because of his insistence “that government has no more right to […]

Is it a “Black Thing” with the Obamas?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Anyone who has read Barack Obama’s autobiographies knows that our 44th president has had a lifelong obsession with discovering (or creating?) a racial identity for himself. He is very candid about this in his Dreams of My Father: A Story […]

Tips for the Republican Voter

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the presidential campaign for 2012 gets under way, conservatives, libertarians, and others typically disposed to vote for Republican candidates would do themselves a good turn to bear a few things in mind as we enter the next election cycle. […]

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Al Sharpton and Republicans: Like Draws to Like?
“Like draws to like.” “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” These are pearls of wisdom, the distilled moral wisdom of “generations and of ages,” as Burke has said. Yet they have been largely trampled ...

posted 9:01:43pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

The Moral Imperative of Being Mannerly
What we call “manners” consists of a family of habits or customs that are, with ever greater—indeed, alarming—frequency, regarded as, at best, niceties or pleasantries. At worst, they are viewed as the antiquated fictions of a bourgeois ...

posted 10:34:06pm Apr. 07, 2015 | read full post »

The Real Jesus vs. the Neutered Idol of the Politically Respectable
Easter is upon us. But who is Jesus? Upon reading the Scriptures, it becomes clear that the real Jesus, as opposed to the tamed, lame, and maimed Politically Correct Jesus who Christian clerics as much as anyone have been promoting for years, ...

posted 10:55:24am Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Forgetting Malcolm X
This year isn’t just the golden anniversary of Selma. It is as well marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X. Malcolm X has been mythologized. According to the myth, there are, essentially, two Malcolms: the “pre-Mecca” ...

posted 10:37:20pm Mar. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Ben Carson: "Progressive" on Homosexuality?
Ben Carson got himself into some trouble a couple of weeks back for remarks concerning homosexuality that he made during an exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. However, I’m not sure what exactly it is that Carson said that ignited such ...

posted 8:01:29pm Mar. 19, 2015 | read full post »

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