The last sacred kings

Elephant caretakers pay their respects outside the royal palace to the late King Bhumibol of Thailand who died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88. Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty The veneration which surrounds the world’s last sacred kings shows how secular most of political life has become Alan Strathern is a university lecturer and tutorial fellow in modern history at Brasenose College, and a lecturer at St John’s College, both at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (2007). For the great majority of human history, we … Continue reading The last sacred kings

Submission

by WILLIAM KILPATRICK Submission. That’s what the word “Islam” means. Muslims must submit to Allah, and the rest of the world must eventually submit to Islam. Submission does not necessarily require conversion, but it does require that one acknowledge the superiority of Islam, pay the jizya tax, and, in general, keep one’s head down. Europe is currently in the process of submitting to Islam, and America also seems destined to eventually submit. If you have young children or grandchildren, it’s likely that they will have to adapt at some point to living in a Muslim-dominated society. It won’t necessarily be a … Continue reading Submission

Ideas were not enough

Procession of the Catholic Holy League on the Place de Grève, Paris, 1590-3 (oil on canvas). Such displays of intolerance became increasingly rare with the advent of the modern European state. Courtesy Musée Carnavalet, Paris/Bridgeman. Locke, Spinoza and Voltaire were all brilliant, but religious freedom in Europe was driven by statecraft not philosophy Mark Koyama is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a Mercatus Center Senior Scholar. He is the co-author, with Noel Johnson, of Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom(forthcoming, 2017). Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and … Continue reading Ideas were not enough

Sweden Insanity – Welcome Muslims…Deport Christians

SWEDEN PLANS TO DEPORT CHRISTIAN ACTRESS … TO IRAN! Ministry group says Oslo violating U.N. treaty by BOB UNRUH Sweden is violating a United Nations human-rights treaty in its attempt to deport a prominent Iranian actress who revealed her conversion from Islam to Christianity after arriving in the European nation, according to a charity that defends persecuted Christians worldwide. Aideen Strandsson would face punishment and prison, possibly even rape and death, if returned to the mullah-led Islamic nation, argues the U.K.-based Barnabas Fund. The group cites the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, which states “a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious … Continue reading Sweden Insanity – Welcome Muslims…Deport Christians

Inside Israel’s Doomsday Spaces

ADAM REYNOLDS Pup Cultural Center Kibbutz Kfar Aza GIMME SHELTER ‘Architecture of An Existential Threat’ provides a visually compelling insight to the cultural and geographical perspective of bomb shelters in Israel today. by KELLY CAMINERO Architecture of An Existential Threat provides a visually compelling insight to the cultural and geographical perspective of bomb shelters in Israel today. Adam Reynolds refers to these ubiquitous bomb shelters as “doomsday spaces.” He approaches these interior spaces by capturing the importance of proportion and scale. These photographs reveal the normalcy of survival in the most extreme situations. His perspective sheds light on the a country constantly … Continue reading Inside Israel’s Doomsday Spaces

MALLOCH: Europa, Eurabia and the Last man

Wikimedia Commons by TED MALLOCH Europe is full of ‘Last men’ (and perhaps women, I suppose we are now forced to say, given the incessant demand for political correctness). Why is this so and who will come to dwell in these territories we have hitherto called — home? We are not talking about some imaginary seven kingdoms, as in the legendary but fictional television series, Game of Thrones, either. The point of contention is about a real place, with real peoples, and real nations that have existed for centuries on end, perhaps thousands of years—called Europa. Trends in immigration suggest what can only be termed, a self-imposed European death … Continue reading MALLOCH: Europa, Eurabia and the Last man

The limits of tolerance

image edited by Web Investigator  A religious worldview cannot expect the same kinds of tolerance as racial, gender, or sexual identities. Here’s why Paul Russell is professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and professor of philosophy and director of the Gothenburg Responsibility Project at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. His latest book is The Limits of Free Will (2017). Throughout the Western world, the political ‘Left’ is in disarray. It is fragmented, rudderless and lacks a coherent plan to stem the tide of ‘populism’, nationalism and xenophobia. Identity politics and questions of religion have done much to … Continue reading The limits of tolerance