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Religion Is Always There
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Religion Is Always There

The varied and complex relations between religion and power can be understood only by means of extensive comparisons, between nations and across time.  Who better to demonstrate this than Prof. David Martin, the doyen of the comparative sociology of religion?

Muslim Crimes in Britain
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Muslim Crimes in Britain

During the last few months in Britain there have been yet more revelations of new Muslim crimes and detailed confirmations of older ones.

In 2014 Lutfur Rahman, a Muslim, was elected for a second term as the mayor of Tower

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Extravagant Abandon

On May 22, the Irish people voted by a large majority to permit marriages between two men or two women.  Of the two million people who voted—a 60-percent turnout—62 percent supported same-sex “marriage.”  It had been a very one-sided contest,

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Answering the Scottish Question

The people of Scotland have spoken.  Scotland has voted not to secede from the United Kingdom and to remain in her long-standing union with England and Wales.  Over two million Scots—more than 55 percent of the 3.6 million who went

Muslim Murder in London
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Muslim Murder in London

Last May, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, two Muslim converts, both Christian apostates, deliberately ran down an off-duty British soldier, Lee Rigby, in their automobile on a main street in the London suburb of Woolwich.  In front of eyewitnesses, they

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The Muslim Invasions of Europe

In May Pope Francis canonized the 800 martyrs of Otranto, a city in Apulia in Southern Italy, who were slaughtered by the Turkish invaders of 1480.  Their invasion across the narrow seas between Albania and Italy was a sequel to

Jihad From Within
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Jihad From Within

The last major outburst of Muslim terrorism in London was on July 7, 2005, when four suicide bombers killed 52 people on London’s buses and subway trains.  Of late, Londoners had begun to think that they were safe and that

One Law for the Left…
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One Law for the Left…

For many weeks the press in Britain have been obsessed with the Jimmy Savile sex scandal, and it has many months to run.  Savile, who died in 2011, aged 84, was a superstar entertainer for the BBC, and his programs

Homage to Gaudi
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Homage to Gaudi

Barcelona is one of the great cities of the Mediterranean, and Barcelona’s most noted architect is Antoni Gaudí i Cornet.  It is worth visiting Catalonia and the cities of Barcelona and Reus just to see Gaudí’s work.  Eager visitors

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Islam and Breivik’s Bombs

The killing of 8 people by a bomb in Oslo, placed by the Norwegian berserker Anders Behring Breivik, followed by his gunning down of a further 69 on the island of Utoya, is a horrible reminder of the potential for

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Muslim Sex Crimes in Northern England

In Britain there have been 17 recent prosecutions of gangs of Muslim rapists and child molesters involved in the “on-street grooming” for sex of victims as young as 11 in several towns and cities in northern England.  In the most

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Britain’s Leftists: Allies of the Islamists

The people of England, after very considerable provocation, have lately come to fear England’s Muslims.  Britain’s leftists have shifted in the opposite direction.  From an entrenched hostility to the mores of their own country and out of sheer perversity, the

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Remember Katyn

I arrived in Poland just as the television announced the tragic death of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, and many of Poland’s military and political leaders in an airplane crash at Smolensk in Russia.  A week of mourning followed

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The Center Cannot Hold

The Church of England is made up of three parts: evangelical Protestants, Anglo-Catholics, and liberals.  They have long been at war, and soon this war will lead to the final rending of that Church.  The Anglo-Catholics will break away when

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Scottish Weakness and Muslim Impudence

The decision to release the Libyan terrorist Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi from a Scottish prison has caused much anger in the United States.  (Megrahi was convicted for his part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie,

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Antifascists on the March

All over Britain and Ireland, including the unpleasing town where I live, which is run by a left-wing junta, there are memorials to those who fought in the International Brigades on the Red Republican side in the Spanish Civil War

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Letter From Chile

While traveling by bus in Chile in January 2008, I drew the attention of two other English-speaking passengers to a graffito, which read:

Viva Pinochet

Libertad!

As people whose sole knowledge of the world came from the left-wing press and

Muslim Pressure and Christian Appeasement
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Muslim Pressure and Christian Appeasement

From time to time I go to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, the home of what Gladstone called “the God-fearing and God-sustaining University of Oxford.”  For Catholics it is revered as the home of Cardinal Newman, that most human

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The British Empire and the Muslims

Last year in England, we marked the 60th anniversary of the voluntary granting of independence to India and Pakistan; it was also the year in which our military began to leave Iraq.  Soon, the last of the British troops will

The Politics of Laughter
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The Politics of Laughter

Paul Lewis, a professor of English at Boston College, is one of America’s most eminent scholars of humor.  With this book, he has written another very thoroughly researched study of contemporary American humor, ranging from the “positive humor” and “laughter

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Time to Talk Turkey

Turkey is currently negotiating to join the European Union, with the full support of the British government and of U.S. President George W. Bush.  If she does join, it will be a disaster for Europe and for Britain.  Turkey has

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Death in the Afternoon

In the 16th century, Spain was the wonder of Europe, with her vast empire in Latin America and the Philippines and her wealthy possessions in the southern Netherlands and Italy.  She came close to defeating and ruling England and Holland

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The Muslim Conquest of Britain

Many people fear that there will be a violent conflict in Britain with the Muslims.  They are wrong.  Al Qaeda may commit the most appalling atrocities in the United Kingdom, as it has done in New York and Madrid, but

Contemporary Assumptions, Moral Judgments
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Contemporary Assumptions, Moral Judgments

Social Life and Moral Judgment

by Antony Flew

New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction; 179 pp., $34.95

Antony Flew is one of Britain’s most lucid analytical philosophers and the most skilled demolisher of the myths of social justice that his country has

The Bishop’s Egg
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The Bishop’s Egg

Robert Grant’s essays range widely across political philosophy, literature, and aesthetics, from Edmund Burke to Václav Havel, from Jane Austen to the fiction of the 1930’s, from Shakespeare to Tolstoy, from Mozart to Rennie Mackintosh. Yet Grant is always knowledgeable,

In Season and Out
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In Season and Out

The Nilsens have produced an interesting, erudite, and thorough Encyclopedia of 2Oth-Century American Humor with entries ranging from American Indian humor to cartoons, exaggeration, hoaxes, joke patterns, sitcoms, and wit. It is a truly comprehensive and encyclopedic volume with an

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Winnie the Pooh Is an American

Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore live happily in a comfortable bullet-proof home in the New York Public Library and have done so for many years. They have never expressed any desire to

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Winnie the Pooh Is an American

Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore live happily in a comfortable bullet-proof home in the New York Public Library and have done so for many years. They have never expressed any desire to

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Where Euroregulation Meets Socialism

John Major lost the British election in 1997 not because Tony Blair’s “New” Labour Party had stolen the Conservatives’ policies but because the Conservatives adopted socialist ones. The last ten years have seen an explosive rise in levels of bureaucratic

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I.D. Cards for Men

“I don’t want to have to carry a handbag all the time” was the way an aggressive British opponent of the compulsory carrying of identity cards (as proposed by several members of the British government) yelled it to me recently.

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Our Shortsighted Rulers

Laser beam surgery has now made it possible to correct many common eye defects caused by irregularities in the shape of the lens of the eve relative to the size of the eyeball. For those with severely impaired eyesight, this

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Fish Rights

Animal rights protesters in Britain have now extended their campaign of sabotage to fishing. Members of the new Campaign for the Abolition of Angling, with its headquarters in Sevenoaks in Kent, have taken to disrupting angling matches by stirring the

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Sport Without Hooligans

Last year I had the agreeable and unusual experience of spending two hours in a packed sports stadium where there was no hooliganism, no violence, and no bad feeling. The good-humored crowd of thousands of men, women, and children, mainly

Blaming Columbus
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Blaming Columbus

The news that politically correct groups in the United States are greeting the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America by denouncing the great explorer as an imperialist exploiter has been greeted with incredulity and derision in Europe. After all,

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The Collapse of British English

The English language is in danger. It is being invaded and infiltrated by the vulgar slang, the horrid jargon, the grammatical errors and the nasal pronunciation of the United States. Such is the nightmare of those crumbling remnants of the