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Chess Knights Smite a Dragon

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I was appalled to encounter someone who actually believes “transgender” is just fine and subjecting young children to “The Drag Queen Story Hour” does no harm at all. This appeared as a long post on pg. 603 (today’s page) of my Playground Player forum at http://www.chessgames.com/ . I won’t attempt to reproduce it here. If you want to read it, please visit the forum.

I wasn’t looking forward to trying to answer such a preposterous and morally vacuous argument, but when I logged in today to attempt it, I found that several of my esteemed colleagues at Chessgames had already done the job–big-time. I find it hard to say how happy that made me!

We must not let these people murder our culture. We must not be silent when God’s Word, which is the truth, is despised. Not that He needs our help: but we are His servants, and we must do our best to serve Him.

There does seem to be a bit more pushback now than there was two or three years ago. May God give us the strength and the wit to push back even harder: in Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘New Executive Order: “Target Behavior”‘ (2015)

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From the bad, bad, bad old days of the Obama regime:


I’m afraid too many people have already forgotten how bad it was, and how much more appallingly bad it would have gotten, had Hillary Clinton been elected to continue the experiment.

Government is supposed to be to us a minister for good, ordained by God, protecting us from evildoers and punishing those who have not been deterred from evil (Romans 13).

It’s not supposed to be an all-devouring monster.

Kids? What Kids?

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I’ve just returned from my bike ride, which takes me through quiet residential neighborhoods and past at least three parks or playgrounds. It’s a sunny, breezy day following two days of rain.

I didn’t see one child playing outside–no, not even one.

Forget weird and creepy–is this even healthy? Indoors 24/7/365, and with no time off for good behavior: should we be doing this to our children? Why aren’t I seeing kids running around, riding bikes, throwing and kicking balls, sliding down the sliding board or rocking on the see-saw? Where are they?

If this were a Grimm’s fairy tale, I know what’d happen next…

Because They’re Crazy

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“Books?” said the liberal Eloi. “Yes, we have books! And here they are…”

Someone recently said that liberal ideas make sense to liberals.

That’s because the libs are crazy.

A leftid looks at Detroit–ruined houses, piles of books rotting away in the abandoned library–and says “Yeah, we want that!”

A leftid sees the piles of human feces on the sidewalks of San Francisco and says, “Yeah, we want that!”

He sees the mobs of angry Muslim “asylum seekers” turning Western Europe’s cities into “No Go” zones, and demands the same for America.

A leftid gets jealous if MS-13 hasn’t set up shop in his home state–as long as it’s nice and far from his own neighborhood.

A lefty loon is always “rooting for a recession” so he can blame it on Republicans and get Democrats elected.

A leftid sees young people coming out of college with nothing to show for it but a chip on the shoulder and a mountain of debt, and calls it “higher education.”

A leftid sees people in Venezuela breaking into the zoos and eating the animals because there’s no food in their stores, and says, “Oh, yeah, gimme some of that!”

A leftid sees so-called “students” physically assaulting a speaker, putting on masks and rioting, starting fires and breaking shop windows, and orders the police to stand down.

I could go on, but you get the point: everything that appalls a normal person titillates the liberal. These are, after all, people who insist that there are no moral facts. Give them one small sip of power and they’re roaring drunk, trying to drain the whole jug at a gulp and then reach for more.

America will not be sane until the Left is out of business.

Kids Won’t Go Outside?

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Well, they’re so busy playing video games and watching TV, they only venture outdoors an average of seven hours a week–according to a poll of children aged six to sixteen, taken for a British sporting goods firm (https://www.studyfinds.org/great-indoors-screen-hungry-kids-video-games-going-outside/).

That includes the kids who are only outside because their parents forced them to go: some 40% of parents said they had to make their kids go out or they wouldn’t go out at all.

That’s Britain, but it doesn’t seem much different over here. It’s summertime, the schools are closed, and I ride my bike through quiet residential neighborhoods–and I rarely see children playing outside. Where are they?

Well, if both parents are working to keep the family in cell phones and to pay the taxes on their oversized house which they share with just one or two children, probably they sentence their kid to some kind of “program” to keep him from getting snatched off the sidewalk by a member of some erotic minority. So you can’t go outside and play unless there’s some adult sitting on your shoulder and telling you what to do.

But by now staying indoors all the time is pretty much voluntary.

In the Bible, here’s what’s normal: “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof” (Zechariah 8:5). Perpetual house arrest for children has only been invented recently, by humanists.

Do we really have to wait for the restoration of all things before the kids can play outside again?

‘My Generation Ruined America’ (2014)

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This was written before the American people, in 2016, shook themselves out of a trance and elected Donald Trump president. Yeah, I know–a few of you will say that’s a terrible thing to say. I guess you wanted Hillary. Or some other business-as-usual nothing politician from the Swamp.


Yes, my generation has a lot to answer for. Maybe our fathers made it too easy for us. Worked too hard for us to have those things they missed.

But there are signs the people might be waking up. The Far Left’s magical misery tour may be nearing the end of the line.

Pray God it’s so.

What Do They Get Out of It?

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If this image does not disturb you, what will?

That item about the Drag Queen Story Hour really cheesed me off, and also made me wonder–why in the world are liberals doing this? Do they honestly, truly want their little boys to grow up to be drag queens? Transgenders? I mean, what do they think they’re going to get out of this? Someone give me a clue!

Another point that mystifies me is, why do we, who are not them, continue to tolerate this? It’s our hard-earned tax money being used against us. It’s our children who are being exposed to this. It’s our country, our culture, that’s being debased and befouled. Why do we not defend ourselves and our families? Are we that terrified of being branded un-cool?

What kind of world are these people trying to make? A world of total sexual confusion? Who benefits from that? Do they truly hate goodness, decency, and wholesomeness that much? Do they have no fear of God? Are they convinced He will not judge them?

Well, at least they’re making it harder and harder for normal people just to toss it off as harmlessly eccentric characters just doing their own thing. It’s very much more than that.

Some of you believe this business is satanic, inspired and orchestrated by a supernatural force of evil.

I don’t know how to answer that.

‘The Lost Souls of London’ (2015)

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I don’t expect this review to send you all out galloping for a copy of this book–The St. Zita Society, by the late Ruth Rendell. But like I always say, contemporary fiction often has a lot to teach us about our own time and culture.


True, Rendell spent her long career writing about weirdos. I think we have more weirdos now than when she started.

Which is something to think about.

Here’s That ‘Curtain’ Article

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Hooray! The Chalcedon website (www.chalcedon.edu/) has a brand-new front page to display new articles and video. From now on, that’s where all the new stuff will be; and that’ll make it easy to find.

And published there today is my article on Agatha Christie’s Curtain, written months ago and now available here.


Can a mystery novel tell us what’s gone wrong with British Christianity–and probably our own, too?

Read it and see!

The Age of Nothingism

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The world leaders and opinion-shapers of our age (“That’s our job!” said Mika Brzenski, however you spell her name) have sometimes been accused of being nihilists. That’s not accurate. The logical end of nihilism is obliteration. That’s not exactly what these people want.

“Nihil” means “nothing”: hence “nihilism.” But nothingism means “nothing good.” Because that’s what they want–nothing good, only bad.

That’s why they so determinedly pursue public policies that make no sense at all, that can’t possibly produce anything but disaster–howlers like socialism, transgenderism, open borders, global government, militant atheism (the most barren of a barren lot), etc. Policies that give us nothing but people going mad with fear or rage, soaring crime rates, and city streets heaped high with trash and feces.

Now the people who promote these chaotic policies see the same images we see, but the difference between us must be that they like what they see and want to see more of it! They are not dismayed by seeing hordes of homeless migrants pouring into their countries and wrecking them–doesn’t bother them at all. They are not dismayed by people breaking into zoos and eating the animals, because socialism has killed their economy and there’s no food in the stores–doesn’t bother them a bit. They’re “progressives,” and that’s what they call progress.

They can see their policies bring nothing but hardship, confusion, and suffering. We are forced to conclude that they enjoy seeing hardship, confusion, and suffering. They tell us it’s going to lead us to Utopia, to paradise on earth. What they don’t tell us is the kicker: “Paradise on earth for us, not you.”

O Lord our God! Imbue us with the spirit of Caleb, of Joshua, and give us strength and courage to prevail against your enemies. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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