Thursday, November 30, 2006

Va. Public Schools OK With "Nativity Story"

By Rick Pearcey

CNSNews reports there's "No Fuss as Schools Prepare to Screen Nativity Movie."

“As religious groups continue to react to the exclusion of a Bible-based movie from a Chicago Christmas festival, Christian activists in Virginia are meeting no resistance as they move ahead with plans to screen the film in public school facilities," reports staff writer Nathan Burchfiel.

"Not only are the schools presenting no difficulties, but organizations traditionally hostile to the use of public property for religious purposes are also unfazed.

"Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County, Va., is scheduled to host a screening of the "The Nativity Story" Thursday night [Nov. 30], the day before its nationwide release. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, also in Fairfax County, will host a screening Friday night.

"Both showings are sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a non-profit group that supports Christian clubs on high school campuses across the United States. The screenings are free and open to the public.

"The film, which is being released by New Line Cinema on Dec. 1, presents the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. City officials in Chicago angered Christian activists this week when they acknowledged they had asked organizers of an annual Christmas festival -- the German Christkindlmarket -- to reject sponsorship money from the studio." ...

"Organizers in Virginia report no opposition to the planned screening of the film, even though public facilities will be used."

"Jay Ruelas, an assistant soccer coach at Mount Vernon and one of the faculty sponsors of the FCA club there, told Cybercast News Service he had experienced "no resistance" from inside or outside the school system. Administrators, including Principal Nardos King, had been "more than helpful."

What the apparently unfazed are saying:

* Americans United: "Rob Boston, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the group didn't have any objection to 'voluntary events sponsored by outside organizations.'"

* Center for Inquiry: "Tom Flynn of the secularist Center for Inquiry said there was no law that would allow schools to reject the screenings, even though he felt the current laws were 'probably more lenient in this situation than is probably ideal.'" ...

* ACLU: "ACLU Virginia spokesman Kent Willis said the screenings were 'perfectly acceptable' as long as the schools were not sponsoring the event, they were not mandatory, and the Christian group was not getting any special treatment other student organizations would be unable to get."

Comment: What about the 1st Amendment, which says Congress "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"?

If we pay attention to the wording, we see that the emphasis in the 1st Amendment is on Congress. The Founders were worried about Congress, not about Christians.

Now The Nativity Story is a film, not a law passed by Congress. And, clearly, neither the public schools, New Line Cinema, nor viewers are Congress, and none of them is passing a law respecting an establishment of religion.

Furthermore, viewing The Nativity Story in the public schools does not establish a national denominational state church of the United States of America.

That is, viewing The Nativity Story in the public schools does not set up an ecclessiastical establishment, say, of the Anglicans (or Baptists or Presbyterians, etc.), as the state authority ruling over the federal government of the United States.

Thus, there should be no 1st Amendment-based concern about airing this film across the land, in or out of the public schools.

The 1st Amendment does forbid Congress from making a law "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

Congress has no business trying to regulate the expression of Christianity by the free and independent citizenry of the United States. This includes independent-minded, free-thinking Christians who set up Nativities in public spaces, who set up displays of the 10 Commandments at court houses, and so on.

Because human beings are persons who seek to actualize their inner lives, they always try to enflesh their worldviews out into their surroundings (even if their worldviews are inadequate descriptions of reality). Therefore secularists will continue their efforts to reshape American society along secular lines.

Ideologically, theirs is a struggle that crashes against not only the plain text of the Constitution (which continues to have a living impact precisely because its meaning is fixed), but also against human nature as made in the image of God and not the cosmos and not the state.

They struggle also against the Creator himself, who confounded corrupt political and religious authorities some 2,ooo years ago in an earthy place called Bethlehem. Those powers tried to keep the first Nativity from becoming a fact. Or at least a fact that lived very long.

And now a film about the fact is being welcomed in public schools in a country originally founded upon the fact. This is one of many reasons so-called free-thinkers might want to reconsider their faith in secularism.

Note: The entire CNSNews report is here.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Interview Rick About Nadia

British Airways check-in worker Nadia Eweida wants to wear a cross necklace in public while at work, which has stirred controversy in England.

What are your views? What questions does Nadia's struggle raise? What questions does the response of secularists or others raise?

So, Ask Rick.

If you'd like to put together 5-10 questions (or 1 or 2), please send them to Pro-Existence via the comment section below. Or send emails to

Secularists: Cross-Wearing “Conniving Religious Propagandist” at British Airways Not Persecuted

By Rick Pearcey

England’s National Secular Society (NSS) has published an editorial alert: “Christian Bullies Press Their Advantage.”

Chief among the bullies is 55-year-old Nadia Eweida, by day a veteran check-in employee in good standing with British Airways, but by night, the vanguard of a “new breed of Christian activists in Britain.”

She wants to wear a cross necklace to work, in full view of passengers.

The airline said no -- that it violates their dress code and may offend customers -- but is now reconsidering after British public opinion, politicians, church leaders, and Christian groups sided with Nadia, not with the airline.

The NSS wants people to know that Nadia is not being persecuted at British Airways.

After all, Nadia is:

Anything But Defenseless: “Through a relentless process of lies, misrepresentation, exaggeration and dissembling,” Christian activists “have managed to convince the country that a simple health and safety rule is, in fact, a persecutory attack on a poor, defenceless Christian lady. She is no such thing.”

Conniver: “She is a conniving religious propagandist who puts the promotion of her ‘faith’ before any other consideration.”

Insecure: “If Ms Eweida is true to her faith, then she does not have to make a big show of it. She should be secure enough to know that her cross is there underneath her uniform. But no – she wants to ‘tell people about Jesus.’”

Selfish: “Instead, we get this selfish woman insisting that she and she alone must have the right to break the health and safety rules. That her religion is more important than anything else.”

Ungrateful: “BA has fallen over itself to be fair to Ms Eweida. They have offered her another job away from the front line where she can wear her cross in whatever way she likes, but she won’t take it because she wants to make a point. She wants to present herself as a religious martyr.”

Religion-Shover: “She is a religious activist trying to shove her religion down everyone’s throats.”

There’s nothing like having the National SS around to protect the liberties of England from the dangers of Nadiaism.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

$50,000 Journalism Fellowships

By Rick Pearcey

Applications for $50,000 journalism fellowships are now being accepted by the Phillips Foundation.

The fellowships are open to "working journalists with less than five years of professional experience in print journalism," according to a press release from the 2007 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship Program.

The foundation awards full-time fellowships of $50,000 and part-time fellowships of $25,000 to "undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing," focusing on journalism that supports "American culture and a free society."

The foundation calls for applications to be postmarked by March 1, 2007. Fellowship winners will be announced the following May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The fellowships begin Sept. 1, 2007.

For more information and to see an application, visit the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship Program website. The mission of the Phillips Foundation is to "advance constitutional principles, a democratic society, and a vibrant free-enterprise system."

John Farley of the Phillips Foundation can be contacted at 202-250-3887, x609 (email:

Rick Pearcey is editor & publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Mutual Funds Bedside Reading

By Rick Pearcey

From Toronto's Globe and Mail: "Everything you need to know about Jonathan Wellum is resting on his bedside reading table.

"There is a copy of HedgeHogging, Barton Biggs's behind-the-scenes account of the secretive hedge fund industry.

"Nearby is Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth, a book that seeks to help evangelical Christians cultivate a biblically informed view of the world.

"Needless to say, Mr. Wellum is a passionate student of both business and faith -- and he will need an ample dose of each in order to reverse a miserable slide at one of Canada's largest mutual fund companies."

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Pagan Episcopalians

By Rick Pearcey

* Earth Mama -- Be Unfruitful and Do Not Multiply: "New Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently told the New York Times that her fellow Episcopalians are proudly not procreating so as to spare the environment," writes Mark Tooley in the American Spectator.

"The Presiding Bishop was asked how many Episcopalians there are in the U.S. 'About 2.2 million,' Schori responded. 'It used to be larger percentage-wise, but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations.'

"...'Aren't Episcopalians interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?' the New York Times asked.

" 'No,' Schori replied. 'It's probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the Earth and not use more than their portion.'

"True to Schori's boast, the Episcopalians have done magnificently in reducing their numbers and, purportedly, sparing the Earth the ravages of an enlarged Episcopalian presence." HT: WTimes

* Apostate Mama -- Help Thou My Unbelief: Author and thinker Os Guinness says Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church is "not an orthodox believer."

"By that he means that she doesn't accept the Christian creeds and historical teachings about Jesus Christ, personal salvation, biblical revelation, sexuality, and other issues," reports AP.

"Guinness, an Anglican, says that much of the U.S. Episcopal Church has embraced heresy and become 'apostate' and even 'pagan.'

"He says he considers Jefferts Schori part of 'a new phenomenon in the world, where there are Christian leaders who no longer believe the Christian faith, and yet stay on as leaders.'"

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Frank Schaeffer, Mother, and Monkey Blood

By Rick Pearcey

When I met Frank Schaeffer, the son of Francis and Edith Schaeffer, in Switzerland in 1972, he went by the name "Franky."

Because Nancy and I met in Switzerland at L'Abri Fellowship, people sometimes ask us, with a note of concern: How is Franky doing? The answer has always been, "I don't really know," because I haven't really known.

Once I did have supper with him and his wife, Genie, along with another fellow, in the basement of Chalet Les Melezes. Really enjoyed it.

I recall talking with Franky about how it might be worthwhile, given his dad's study of Western thought, interest in the arts, and so on, that his father might consider doing some kind of a film project in response to Kenneth Clark's book and video series titled Civilisation (which is out now in DVD, by the way -- I finally purchased a copy).

Several years later I saw Franky and the gang again in St. Louis (after the How Should We Then Live? project was completed). The Schaeffers were in the U.S. on a pro-life tour based on the newly published book and film project Whatever Happened to the Human Race? I think the younger Schaeffer and I said, "Hi," and that's about it.

The most recent time I saw Frank was when he was on C-SPAN. He was giving a lecture on his new coauthored book AWOL, I think, and afterward, in response to a question, he let loose with a "Godd---" something or other.

Now we have Frank Schaeffer blogging at the Huffington Post, in a submission dated Nov. 25, 2006, and titled, "Jesus and the Monkey Blood -- Growing Up Fundamentalist Then Joining the Human Race." This post may confirm the misgivings of many.

Here's a bit of what Frank writes: "In 1954 I got polio. I was two-years-old and fortunate that the doctor Mom took me to didn't kill me. This 'polio specialist' talked Mom into allowing him to replace some of my spinal fluid with a 'special serum' he made from tapping the spinal fluid of chimpanzees.

"Years later Mom admitted she knew that this sounded crazy but she prayed for guidance anyway. Apparently God told her to proceed. They administered one 'treatment.'

"When I told this story to Dr. Koop, a friend who was about to be appointed by President Reagan as Surgeon General, he said that you couldn't design a better method to murder a child."

On Frank's bio that pops up at Huffington, there's this: "Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four ('pretty terrible') low budget Hollywood features, and a best selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Frank's three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission include Portofino, Zermatt, Saving Grandma."

Frank has made strong statements and will have to defend them. Like it or not, he's stuck with being Schaeffer's son, and if he's going to write what he's written, blowback shouldn't surprise him.

Having said that, apart from Frank's report on his upbringing, let those of us who care about the direction of society ourselves not be surprised: Dehumanizing secularism is often preceded by dead orthodoxy is often preceded by killer activism.

Life is hard. Let's not make it harder. People are wounded. Let's not wound them more. And don't let their anger scare you away.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

"The Nativity Story" -- L.A., India, San Fran, MovieGuide

By Rick Pearcey

The topic is film, and they're talking about The Nativity Story over at the LATimes, where Pop Culture Talking Points notes that Catherine Hardwicke's new effort "premieres at the Vatican [Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006] and will be released in theaters at the end of the week. New Line is pushing some major The Passion-style Christian outreach, but Hardwicke (whose previous gigs include kids-gone-wild films Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown) is sorely lacking Mel Gibson's religious clout."

IndiaeNews worries the pope will be a no-show. "Pope Benedict XVI is not likely to attend the premiere of the film The Nativity Story though it is to be screened in the Vatican itself."

The problem? "The movie stars Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Mary," and a "reason cited for the Pope skipping the screening is that Hughes is pregnant but unmarried and the Catholic Church has not taken well to that, said"

The Vatican offers a different explanation: The pope is visiting Turkey. "The surprise would have been if he had [attended]," says the Vatican.

SanFranGate is undaunted. "Industry Buzz" says, "Roll Out the Red Carpet. "Today [Sunday, Nov. 26] marks a blessed event in the annals of movie marketing, as The Nativity Story . . . becomes the first feature film to premiere at the Vatican. The movie will be shown at Pope Paul VI Hall with filmmakers on hand along with 7,000 guests. Proceeds from the benefit screening go toward construction of a school in Mughar, Israel. Populated by Christians, Muslims and Druze, the village is located 24 miles from Nazareth."

Ted Baehr at MovieGuide says The Nativity Story "shatters expectations." He seems to like the script -- "one of the best . . . ever for a biblical story."

A thumbs-up as well for the "dialogue, the plot development," and for "turning points" that are "refreshingly dramatic."

Director Catherine Hardwicke is "superb. Joseph and Mary are very human and very Jewish and very much in love."

All in all: The Nativity Story is "nearly perfect."

Comment: Even closer to perfection might be this: New title -- The Nativity. Drop "Story," which unnecessarily feeds into the secular line that we're not dealing with historical events, etc.

The information in the primary New Testament documents reports the events of the birth of Jesus as rooted in space and time. It is well known that naturalistic scholars have a problem with this, but this is a philosophical defect on their part not reflected in the historical data.

Here's the website.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

British Airways: Secularism Takes Hit in England

By Rick Pearcey

Secularists tell us that God and religion relate to private matters that have no place in public life or polite society. This is not a convincing view, but it is a commonly held view, so much so that many bright people may affirm it without really having thought it through.

It's not at all difficult to imagine the head-shaking that might be going on in some circles upon hearing that British Airways is backing down on its policy of banning employees, such as Nadia Eweida, from wearing a Christian necklace or other symbol at work, in full view of staff and customers.

But no one should be shocked. Not really. If you understand the concept of "worldview," you shouldn't be shocked. And if you understand Christianity, you shouldn't be shocked.

This suggests two sets of comments.

1. Everyone has a worldview (some have elements of many). A "worldview" is your "view" of the "world," that is, your basic philosophy of life, the set of principles and assumptions about reality that you rely on to navigate existence in all its wonder and all its challenge.

In this sense, Nadia Eweida has a worldview and so does the CEO of British Airways. As does every customer and baggage-handler. Even the scientist in the lab has a worldview and so does the village pragmatist. Having a worldview is part of what it means to be a human being.

Worldviews will not be denied. This is because people seek to externalize these their most deeply held convictions (even if they are not aware of them). People regard these convictions as reliable guides to life, as truths and principles to live by. Over time they become "common sense."

People try to live consistently with their worldview. This is understandably an attempt to avoid a schizophrenic way of life. You don't have to a saint to prefer unity and integrity in behavior instead of a kind of hypocrisy (or harm) that results when one's worldview is denied an honest expression.

2. Some religious worldviews are private, but Christianity is not one of them. It's personal, yes, but not private.

It's personal because it involves the whole person. It treats human beings holistically and does not burden individuals with one set of ideals for public life and then a different set of ideals for private life.

The God of the Bible is a public figure. The truth-claims regarding his character and existence can be rationally discussed and empirically investigated. This is the emphasis in the history of Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and then of Jesus engaging his disciples in discussion, and so on.

Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem are points on the globe. Enemies or honest doubters could examine the empty tomb to corroborate (or try to destroy) eye-witness claims about a resurrection. Miracles can be observed by the same kinds of eyes that behold a Manhattan sunset.

Faith in this setting is primarily a matter of trust. It is the trust of the whole person on the basis of what Francis Schaeffer would call "good and sufficient reasons."

"Faith" can disclose new horizons of knowledge, "the evidence of things not see" (Heb. 11). But that faith is first grounded in knowledge. "Faith" is not an epistemological magic wand that turns something false into something true. "Faith" does not transmogrify an idol into God no matter how passionate the "believer" or how deep the "spirituality."

Given the modern defition of "faith" as belief in something for which one lacks evidence, Christianity may not even qualify as a religion.

The Christian worldview is reality-oriented. This means if the Christian truth-claims are false, they should not be believed. Thus, if Jesus of Nazareth did not really rise from the dead, says Paul in 1 Cor.15, "your faith is in vain."

But if the Christian propositions are true, they can be relied upon, and acted upon, as a solid foundation for life and culture, not only in the old days of ancient paganism but also in the flashy twilight of modern secularism.

So, you see, the surprize, the shock even, should go in the other direction. Because of the nature of Christianity as a humane worldview, our expection should be that healthy-functioning human beings will behave as though its information and principles apply beyond the closet door into the entirety of their lives.

The truncated "believer" singing hymns while sitting in a closet nailed shut should be the surprize. A secularist may be in the way. Someone needs to open that door.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Reasons to Be Thankful, Thoughtful

By Rick Pearcey

Thankfulness and thoughtfulness go hand in hand, and this Thanksgiving season is no exception.

* $50,000 Screenwriter Alert: First-time screenwriters may want to take a look at MovieGuide, which is urging writers to submit "screenplays for the $50,000 Kairos prizes awarded by the John Templeton Foundation and MOVIEGUIDE(R).

"Winners will be announced at the 15th Annual MOVIEGUIDE(R) Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on February 20 in Beverly Hills." Additional information is available at MovieGuide.

* Spielberg, TV, Kids: "I'm a parent who is very concerned" -- "Filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently addressed the International Emmys board of directors in Los Angeles," writes Cal Thomas.

The filmmaker "urged TV networks to be mindful of what they show on the air because of the possible effects on children. Mr. Spielberg said programs like 'CSI' and 'Heroes' were too gruesome. 'Today we are needing to be as responsible as we can possibly be, not just thinking of our own children but our friends' and neighbors' children,' Mr. Spielberg said.

"He decried on-air promotions for television shows like 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' that shows 'blood and people being dissected.' He also said that when his favorite TV show of the new season, NBC's 'Heroes,' showed someone cut in half in the 9 p.m. hour, he sent his younger children out of the room. 'I'm a parent who is very concerned,' Mr. Spielberg said."

Comment: We who are "very concerned" parents should not be satisfied with simply controlling TV viewing inside the home. That's a tactic but not a strategy.

Go to the sources of the toxic culture (of which Hollywood is one). Replace bad water with good water kids can drink. For that matter, replace bad water with water fit for human beings who happen to be grown-ups. For more on Cal Thomas's column, go here.

* Discriminate and Live: In an age of terror, it pays to know the good side of "discrimination," says Mona Charen. "We are so robotic in America whenever the word "discrimination" is used that we shut down thought and all genuflect in the direction of whoever is complaining. But the proper question is not whether it is discrimination but whether it is justified."

"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it" -- Proverbs 27:12 (ESV). Mona Charen's column appears here.

Rick Pearcey is editor & publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dawkins: Nazi Eugenics "May Not Be Bad"?

By Rick Pearcey

The headline at LifeSite is stunning: "Anti-Religious Extremist Dawkins Advocates Eugenics." Moreover, says the kicker, Dawkins "says Nazi regime’s genocidal project 'may not be bad'."

The report begins: "A leading international anti-religion crusader and supporter of Darwinian theory, Dr. Richard Dawkins, has said that the pseudo-science of eugenics that drove the Nazi regime’s genocidal project 'may not be bad.'

"Since the end of the second world war," LifeSite reports, "the name of eugenics, the social philosophy that the human species or particular races ought to be improved by selective breeding or other forms of genetic manipulation, is one that conjures instant images of the Nazi death camps and 'racial hygiene' programs."

Now comes Dawkins: "In a letter to the editor of Scotland’s Sunday Herald, Dawkins argues that the time has come to lay this spectre to rest. Dawkins writes that though no one wants to be seen to be in agreement with Hitler on any particular, 'if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?'”

People are outraged, as one might expect. But it's hard to disagree with Dawkins, if one accepts Darwinian presuppositions.

Evolutionary theory asserts an unbroken line of continuity between life and nonlife, from the empty void of nothingness, to the impersonal particle, to the unconscious amoeba, to the cute little monkey, to the magnificent artist decorating the Sistine Chapel.

In such a framework, there seems no logical or moral barrier to the breeding of human beings for particular kinds of purposes, whether that breeding is imposed by a secular state or promoted by the free market. If the Darwinian view is correct, then what evolutionists regard as our true creator -- the cosmos -- has produced a form of existence (humanity) which over time has come to possess the power to manipulate human reproduction.

That same cosmos, however, is silent regarding the morality of reproductive manipulation and control. The impersonal universe is indifferent to such concerns. In this view, there is no Heaven above, no Hell below, and the particles care not about peace on Earth.

Let us consider where this line of thinking would lead us, if we are to take it seriously as a reality-oriented truth-claim about life in this world. If it is agreeable in principle to breed humans for "mathematical, musical, or athletic ability," then what possible ethical objection could there be to breeding blacks for speed, Jews for herding, whites for swimming, and women for yielding milk?

The rocks do not cry when a baby dies. Electrons do not pause at half-time for a moment of silence. Venus does not remember where it was when JFK died.

If that’s all there is to existence -- variations on the theme of cold rocks and impervious particles –- then, in the impersonal Darwinian universe, what really is the spectre? "Hitler" isn't the spectre. We are, that is, humanity, those who wonder and question.

Yes, conceptually speaking, Hitler is at one with the ethically insensate cosmos, for he believed in the rule of power in the struggle for survival of the strong over the weak.

No, subjecting human reproduction to the eugenic machine in the struggle for survival isn’t the problem: We are. We resist. We question and slow things down. We ghosts of humanity are cogs in the machine.

So the question is: Who are we to stand in the way of progress? The Darwinists want to know. Who are we to question? The Darwinists want to know. And who are we to think we’re special, not exhaustively identified with nature? The secular priests know what to do: Let doubters be cast out as alienated misfits unreconciled to science.

But we revolt. We shake our fists against the indifferent, empty sky. And that is good. We accept the aspirations of meaning and worth and goodness that animate our lives. Our heartache in the face of worldviews too small tells us the sky may not be as empty as some presuppositions require.

There are voices other than those typified by Mr. Dawkins, who is driven to excess by the impress of his view of life. They are rebellious voices who ask questions first and trust later.

I have heard there are people abroad in the land, wild people. They think the science and the evidence and their humanity point in a direction shockingly different from Darwin. There is talk about a strange worldview founded upon a Creator who endows every single human being, every race, every color, with certain inalienable rights. Add a little water and sunlight, it is said, plus determination, and this worldview yields an amazing bounty of human freedom, creativity, beauty, and love.

Hope abounds. Sadly, some may not be able to endure the night without Darwin to console their emptiness. On the other hand, the shadowy world of eugenics and death camps seems less likely to last without Darwin's hand to block the light and justify the darkness.

Orthodox atheists may not like it, but the shouts of the evolutionary priesthood may signal the demise of a great secular dream. Besides, the alternative looks pretty good: There's something appealing about holding science up without casting humanity down.

Note: The entire LifeSite story is here.
Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.