Buyers Remorse In Ireland: Nostalgia For Bad Roads

Buyers Remorse In Ireland: Nostalgia For Bad Roads

In July, 2018, just two months after Ireland voted three-to-one to legalize abortion, something happened that puzzled the national media (the cultural cognoscenti), all the main political parties, most of the elected independents, the civil service including the forces of law and order – indeed the entire spectrum of mainstream Irish life. The Establishment was basking in the afterglow of “Repeal” by which they meant not just the repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution protecting the life of the unborn; the word had been adopted as a mantra, a totem, a cultural term and even the title of a book.

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Armageddon in the Auld Sod The Conflict Between Neo-Paganism & Conservative Catholicism in Modern Ireland

Armageddon in the Auld Sod  The Conflict Between Neo-Paganism &  Conservative Catholicism in Modern Ireland

It was once known as the Isle of Saints and scholars, a title it proudly held for 1,500 years. But now Ireland has embraced a different kind of Pride: the rainbow-flag waving, Shout-Your-Abortion kind. And the learned Holy men have been replaced by witches’n’warlocks who would not look out of place in a 1970s Hammer House of Horror movie – though it would be a Hate Crime to say so.

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Home Alone: A Neighbor's Thoughts on Pete Buttigieg

Home Alone: A Neighbor's Thoughts on Pete Buttigieg

Reading The Shortest Way Home, I found myself searching for literary models that might have influenced the author, who is also mayor of South Bend, Indiana, where I happen to live. The connections between me and the mayor of South Bend are actually closer than just living in the same city at the same time. The author grew up three houses down from where I have lived for the past 40 years and spent his entire life up to his 18th year in close proximity to me and, more importantly, to my five children. He is ten years younger than my oldest child, with whom he shares a remarkably similar educational trajectory. Both he and my son attended St. Joseph’s High School, roughly half a mile north of where we live. Both trod the same path to high school every day. Both ended up first in their respective classes, becoming valedictorians, which entitled them to speak at their respective graduations. And both then went on to attend Harvard University.  

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Owner of a Lonely Heart

Owner of a Lonely Heart

How far will the homosexual movement go? Gay marriage, gay adoption, Christians forced to provide services for gay weddings, transgender bathrooms, sex-ed for kids, a panoply of gay characters on TV and in movies, perfectly groomed, impeccably dressed, charming, and reciting all the best lines. Why it’s enough to make your kid wish he were gay!

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Rainbow Over the World: From Tolerance to Equality - Reviewed

Rainbow Over the World: From Tolerance to Equality - Reviewed

French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu said that to point out the social conditions and material interests underlying cultural values and modes is to “transgress… one of the fundamental taboos of the intellectual world.” To make such a transgression one is likely to be condemned as sacrilegious in the “attempt to treat culture, that present incarnation of the sacred, as an object of science.”

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