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In that empty lobby, I gazed at them for a long time and asked myself: who could murder an entire family with a sushi knife and pillow, then leave in broad daylight?

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Strangers in a Strange Land

by Charles J. Chaput

The reason the Christian faith doesn’t matter to so many of our young people is that—too often—it didn’t really matter to us. Not enough to shape our lives. Not enough for us to suffer for it.

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We need thinkers. Angry thinkers, sure. But also thinkers who have patience enough to puzzle out the problems beneath the sensation, the titillation, that fuels our culture of online outrage.

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Given Burgess’s reputation as a promiscuous homosexual and traitor, many close to him in his life subsequently distanced themselves. Letters were destroyed or certainly not made available. Burgess did keep letters in an old guitar case — for blackmail rather than sentimental purposes — but these disappeared into the MI5 archives after his disappearance in 1951.

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Where Are the Professors?

by Charles J. Sykes

Nothing annoys academics more than pointing out how little time they actually spend teaching students. The average professor at a major university rarely teaches more than two courses a semester. Since the average class hour is actually 50 minutes that translates into about five hours of teaching a week.

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Some years ago, an unstable young man committed one of the most notorious terrorist acts in U.S. history. He was American-born, but his parents were immigrants, and his allegiance to a radical ideology with foreign origins terrified the public. “They and those like them should be kept out of this country,” railed Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, “and if found here they should be promptly deported to the country whence they came.”

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The Fall of Heaven

by Andrew Scott Cooper

On Sunday, February 15, 2015, under a low gray canvas of threatening skies, two motorcades flanked by police escorts pulled up outside the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Cairo, Egypt.