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The Pregnant Pagan

April 9, 2011



THERE once was a time when the pregnant woman shielded her distended belly from the eyes of the world. She wore loose smocks. Out of modesty and a sense of protectiveness for the unborn, she did not wear tight-fitting clothes. 

Today, this is not the case. Women wear T-shirts and bare midriffs. Most shocking of all, expectant mothers now have their portraits taken by professional photographers in the latter stages of pregnancy. The convention in these portraits is to display the swollen belly naked, perhaps stroked by the father or a sibling.

No one wants to see his mother half-naked and pregnant in a framed photograph on a shelf. No one. These portraits will be disturbing revelations. Children will be forced to view themselves as naked bulges, non-persons. But the expectant mother is not thinking about her child and the awesome responsibility ahead when she poses in this way. She is in love with her primitive fertility. Let the record include her moments as maternal goddess.

The modern woman doesn’t have much left of her femininity, so she glories in what she does have: her body. The more spiritually empty she is, the more triumphantly carnal she becomes.

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Book Burning and Terry Jones

April 9, 2011


JEFF CULBREATH of What’s Wrong with the World goes a step further than I have gone with regard to Pastor Terry Jones and the burning of the Koran. He writes:

That the Koran is a book worthy of mass extermination by means of fire cannot be credibly denied by any Christian who takes his faith seriously. I’ve defended the burning of books many times in the past, and have often made the point that Catholics have no business condemning the burning of books in principle (although specific cases might be condemned on prudential grounds). Indeed, the Church solemnly applauds the destruction of harmful books… Read More »


The Heartthrob and the Rapper

April 9, 2011


THE music video “Baby” by Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber has received more than 500 million views on YouTube. The love song, wildly popular among teenage girls, breaks into rap with a performance by someone named Ludacris. The teenybopper gamely attempts to do his thing in the medium of rap, with its throbbing simulation of animalistic copulation.  The video is the story of a multiracial utopia in which the white boy progressively dispenses with his whiteness and wins the girl. Read More »

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