Monthly Archives: April 2013

Islamic Power in the Face of Christianity’s “Crisis of Masculinity”

“William ‘Kirk’ Kilpatrick notes that Christians today have lost all cultural confidence and are suffering a ‘crisis of masculinity,’ thanks to the feminizing influences of multiculturalism and feminism.  He devotes significant space [in his book Christianity, Islam, and Atheism] to encouraging Christians to, well, grow a pair, to put it indelicately, in order to confront Islam, the ‘most hypermasculine religion in history.’” Mark Tapson, FrontPageMagazine, April 26, 2013

“One the one hand, you have a growing population of Muslim believers brimming with masculine self-confidence and assertiveness about their faith, and on the other hand, you have a dwindling population of Christians who are long on nurturance and sensitivity but short on manpower.  Who seems more likely to prevail?”  William Kilpatrick

“In ‘The Culture War and the Terror War’ section, Kilpatrick notes that Christianity is on the losing side of the many fronts of our own culture war, and this doesn’t bode well for the West’s clash with a resurgent Islam.”  Tapson

Christianity, Islam, and Atheism

Mark Tapson, FrontPageMagazine, April 26, 2013

Now that the Boston bombers have turned out, contrary to the fervent hope of the left, to be not Tea Partiers but Muslims, the media are spinning the terrorists’ motive9781586176969_p0_v1_s260x420-233x350 away from jihad and shrugging, helplessly mystified, about the “senseless” attacks. And so our willful blindness about Islam continues. Nearly a dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, too many Americans still cling to militant denial about the clear and present danger of an Islamic fundamentalism surging against an anemic Western culture. What will it take to educate them? And once awakened, what steps can we take to reverse the tide?

The vicious Boston attack makes these questions and William “Kirk” Kilpatrick’s new book Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West all the more timely. In addition to being an occasional contributor to FrontPage Magazine, Kilpatrick is the author of other books, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong and Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, and his articles about Islam have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic World Report, and other publications. He was interviewed here by Jamie Glazov at FrontPage about the new book, which he intended not only as a wake-up call to the West about Islam, but also as a practical guide, especially for Christians, to push back against its spread and to countering Islam’s Western apologists.

Christianity, Islam, and Atheism opens with a section titled “The Islamic Threat,” in which Kilpatrick describes the rise of supremacist Islam and our correspondingly tepid defense of Western values. Our collapse in the face of Islam, he says, is due in large part to our abandonment of Christianity, which has led to “a population vacuum and a spiritual vacuum” that Islam has rushed to fill. “A secular society… can’t fight a spiritual war,” Kilpatrick writes. Contrary to the multiculturalist fantasy dominant in the West today, “cultures aren’t the same because religions aren’t the same. Some religions are more rational, more compassionate, more forgiving, and more peaceful than others.” This is heresy in today’s morally relativistic world, but it’s a critical point because “as Christianity goes, so goes the culture.” Continue reading

ECONOMIC CORRUPTION

“Truth is the cry of all but the game of a few.”  George Berkeley

“Human kind cannot bear very much reality.”  T. S. Eliot

“There was a time when thrift was a virtue….But in America, circa 2005, thrift came to be regarded no longer as a virtue, but as a mental disorder.” Bill Bonner and occupy-wall-street-political-cartoon-obama-stick-it-to-the-manAddison Wiggin, Empire of Debt, 243

“Economic differences are largely the result of people’s capacities and motivations.  This is evident in open societies, and also where societies are not open, nor yet completely closed or caste-bound.  A disproportionate number of the poor lack the capabilities and inclination for economic achievement, and often for cultural achievement as well.  Weak members of a society need to be helped.  But large-scale penalization of productive groups for the benefit of the materially and culturally less productive, and for the benefit of those who administer wealth transfers, impairs the prospects of a society.  This outcome is especially likely when the less productive receive support without stigma and, indeed, as of right; and even more so when those who are more productive are made to feel guilty on that account.  These are precisely the stances and attitudes prominent in the advocacy and practice of redistribution.”  P.T. Bauer, Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion, 19, 20

“The plight of the world’s poor can be summed up in three truly ugly C-words:  corruption, collusion and cronyism.  All three may be kissing cousins but each in any language makes a mockery of both capitalism and justice.

“Some 20 years ago economists began asking why so many countries, especially in Africa, never get better, even amid periods of global growth.  An enormous body of economic literature now exists confirming that corruption keeps the poor down.  A survey of this work for the International Monetary Fund concluded that countries get stuck in a ‘vicious circle of widespread corruption and low economic growth.’

“Corruption suppresses growth because citizens in time recognize that honest work produces a lower return than spending one’s energies gaming the system.  And, they’ve also found, the vicious circle worsens when real productivity falls alongside an inexorably expanding public [governmental] sector.

“Global poverty persists because corruption kills capitalism.  History’s most recent exhibit is the Arab Spring, a product of economic exasperation, especially in Egypt.  In time, corruption accelerates political instability, erodes democratic order if it exists, and someone from the outside has to clean up the mess.  Think Syria or Mali.

“If a pope, or even an American president, were to visit a country and talk bluntly about ruinous effects of bribery, collusion and cronyism, he would be talking about real people.  The corrupt know who they are, and their impoverished victims know who they are.

“Yes, we know it’s hard.  Recall the famous case of Paul Wolfowitz, who on becoming World Bank president in 2005 made withholding loans to corrupt government an explicit goal of the bank.  Like a swamp’s toxic gases, the banks’ bureaucracy, abetted by amoral Western governments wanting access to corrupt, but lucrative foreign markets, joined to expel Mr. Wolfowitz.”  Daniel Henninger, “Capitalism’s Corruptions,” The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2013, p. A13

Editor’s Note:  P. T. Bauer’s work Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion (published by Harvard University Press) is a classic on why the third world’s poor are poor. Must reading for all interested in a profound defense of capitalism (private ownership of property, rule of law regarding contracts, profit motive, thrift, charity, etc.), and what economic system has lifted millions out of poverty.

The Bible: America’s Foundation

“Without this book [the Bible], there would not have been Western civilization, or Western science, or Western human rights, or the abolitionist movement, or thefounding-fathers United States of America, the freest, most prosperous, most opportunity-giving society ever formed.”  Dennis Prager

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”  George Washington

“The Bible is the best book in the world…The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity.”  John Adams

“My custom is to read four or five chapters every morning immediately after rising from my bed.  It employs about an hour of my time and seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day.”  John Quincy Adams

“I believe the Bible to be the written Word of God and to contain in it the whole rule of faith and manners.”  Robert Paine, Signer of the Declaration

The Bible vs. Heart

Dennis Prager, The Washington Times, April 8, 2013, p. 27

I offer the single most politically incorrect statement a modern American — indeed a modern Westerner, period — can make: I first look to the Bible for moral guidance and for wisdom.

I say this even though I am not a Christian (I am a Jew, and a non-Orthodox one at that). And I say this even though I attended an Ivy League graduate school (Columbia), where I learned nothing about the Bible there except that it was irrelevant, outdated and frequently immoral.

I say this because there is nothing — not any religious or secular body of work — that comes close to the Bible in forming the moral bases of Western civilization and therefore of nearly all moral progress in the world.

It was this book that guided every one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, including those described as “deists.” It is the book that formed the foundational values of every major American university. It is the book from which every morally great American from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to the Rev. (yes, “the Reverend,” almost always omitted today in favor of his secular credential, “Dr.”) Martin Luther King, Jr., got his values.

It is this book that gave humanity the Ten Commandments, the greatest moral code ever devised. It not only codified the essential moral rules for society, it announced that the Creator of the universe stands behind them, demands them and judges humans’ compliance with them.

It gave humanity the great moral rule, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

It taught humanity the unprecedented and unparalleled concept that all human beings are created equal because all human beings — of every race, ethnicity, nationality and both male and female — are created in God’s image. Continue reading