This young man was clearly full of bitterness and anger at a nation that had, in his warped view, gone terribly wrong. His solution was to commit an act of brutality so jarring and so provocative that it would incite bitterness, anger, and violence in others. His ultimate goal? A race war.
Survey after survey shows that Americans are more disillusioned with politics than ever before.
If any two issues illustrate the awesome power of public relations campaigns to define important cultural and policy debates, they are abortion and gay marriage.
In a May 2014 article titled, "Can Christianity in the West Endure?" I expressed concerns about the fate of the Christian faith under the stewardship of current and future generations of western believers.
A year ago, I wrote an article challenging the American Church to do more in the face of religious persecution of our Christian brethren abroad. At that time, the kidnapping of 276 young school girls by the Islamist group Boko Haram had captured the world's attention.
Presidential candidate Rand Paul made headlines last week by turning the rhetorical tables on Progressives on the issue of abortion.
"I think all of us should have a respect for innocent life. With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. I think that, technically, I know this is a difficult and an emotional problem, and many people sincerely feel on both sides of this, but I do believe that maybe we could find the answer through medical evidence, if we would determine once and for all, is an unborn child a human being? I happen to believe it is."
The social cost of relativism has been on the minds of some folks at The New York Times. Columnist David Brooks ran an excellent piece last week titled "The Cost of Relativism," while Ross Douthat penned a piece entitled "For Poorer and Richer."
By now, most people have heard something about Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's order defying a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama.
The 2016 Presidential race may not have officially begun, but that hasn't stopped potential frontrunners from beginning their campaigns in earnest.
If you have any doubt as to whether Americans respect the First Amendment, all you have to do is take a cab to the Eugene O'Neil Theater at 230 W. 49th Street in New York City and watch Broadway's hottest musical, The Book of Mormon.
The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology or lack thereof available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today.
America has always been a nation with great respect for the right of conscience. As a people, we like the idea that a person should follow their heart, go with their gut, do what feels right.
The impending retirement wave of Baby Boomers and its impact on American society is something that the Center for a Just Society has been discussing for several years. The issue of a rapidly aging society combined with a rapidly shrinking worker base may not be a sexy topic, but it's an extremely important one that will impact society for generations to come.
For decades, liberal society has been obsessed with multiculturalism and tolerance. Generations of children have been raised to believe that it's good to accept everyone, celebrate differences, avoid value judgements, and affirm "authenticity" in all its forms.
Well, it's finally over. With the exception of a few run-offs and perhaps a re-count or two, the 2014 elections are history. The House and the Senate are firmly in the grasp of the GOP, giving America a divided government for at least two more years.
A recent post on Reason.com's "Hit and Run" blog tells a disturbing tale of law enforcement run amok in Philadelphia. According to data collected by the freedom of information advocacy site, MuckRock.com, the city has paid out $40 million in losses and settlements in the last five years. The lion's share of these awards resulted from lawsuits involving misconduct such as excessive force, wrongful death, and illegal searches.
The Washington Post this week drew attention to a new Pew poll indicating that a majority of Americans believe it's time to move away from the policy of mandatory minimum sentencing in nonviolent criminal cases.
A recent Pew study made headlines last week, revealing that "as values, economics, and gender patterns change . . . the share of American adults that have never been married is at an historic high." According to the report "adults are marrying later in life, and the shares of adults cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage have increased significantly. . . . In addition, shifting public attitudes, hard economic times and changing demographic patterns may all be contributing to the rising share of never-married adults."
Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether.