Category: Cultural Comment

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October 18, 2013

By Ted Baehr, Publisher

Greece is suffering from lots of economic woes. Even so, it’s a beautiful country with great history, especially the opportunity to visit some of the great Christian historical sites as well as the Greek antiquities.

October 18, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

Greece is suffering from economic collapse. When I was there two years ago, air traffic controllers were on strike, garbage collectors were on strike, and even the pharmacy owners were on strike. Government socialism has eroded the last vestiges of the economy.

October 18, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

Neo-Communism is sweeping the world.

At the same time he is shutting down TV and radio stations, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez attended the Venice Film Festival with his entourage, to be praised by those who haven’t suffered under his dictatorial regime. A big splash in the news media followed this despicable event.

October 18, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

Several people in the Democratic-Socialist power structure have decided that the only way they can convert America into a totalitarian gulag is to destroy the Church, the People of God. And, too many of the sheeple have fallen for their nefarious plans.

October 18, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

My friend Joseph Tson, from Romania, was one of the instrumental pastors in delivering Romania from Communism in the 1980s. He said that for years on Sunday in his Evangelical Church in Romania, he preached Jesus while the Romania equivalent of the KGB sat in the front row, monitoring his sermons. He always wondered why they did not care that he was preaching salvation in Jesus Christ,

October 17, 2013

By David Outten, Production Editor

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Xerox ran into problems updating the software that runs the SNAP (Food Stamps) system. Stores across the nation couldn’t process SNAP transactions. Many sores posted signs indicating that SNAP purchases were temporarily unavailable.

October 12, 2013

Gramsci and Tocqueville in America

By John Fonte, Contributing Writer

As intellectual historians have often had occasion to observe, there are times in a nation’s history when certain ideas are just “in the air.”

October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013

Needed: A Patriotic Assimilation Policy

By John Fonte, Ph.D

In America, today as in the past, immigration and assimilation are bound together like Siamese twins. It makes no sense to talk about immigration without talking about assimilation, nor does it make sense to develop an immigration policy without an assimilation policy. The United States is the most successful immigration country in the history of the world for one basic reason⎯the triumph of patriotic assimilation⎯the assimilation of immigrants as loyal members of the American body politic.

October 1, 2013

By Ted Baehr

God calls you to eternal life in “the city on a hill” in Matthew 5:14. Why would you or I want to live in a city on a hill?

Because everyone therein manifests the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit comes from knowing the true freedom of loving Jesus Christ and being filled with His Holy Spirit. When our moribund flesh comes alive in His Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Holy Spirit’s power by demonstrating the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the real unity in His Holy Spirit, which is a Christian worldview.

So, what is a Christian worldview?

September 25, 2013


For a long time now we have been gravitating toward 1940s movies even though most of them were made before we were born. We like movies from this era because they tend to be more moral than many earlier and later movies. For one thing, there are consequences for actions. For another, successful, strong, and moral women are presented as the norm, especially during the
war years.

September 6, 2013

America is in a World War
The United States is at war with the rest of the world and our central government has barely mentioned it to us. We have no plan for winning the war, and even worse, we are losing battle after battle and things are going rapidly downhill. Communicating in Newspeak, the central government is behaving as if all’s well. It is not. Our nation has entered what pilots fear and are carefully trained to avoid: a graveyard spiral, only this one is economic.
At stake is our way of life, standard of living, our children’s futures and our national sovereignty. Instead of targeting our external enemies, an Orwellian Washington chooses to attack and diminish our own institutions and place the jackboot of central control on more and more of our throats every day.

September 4, 2013

By David Outten
Every word you say and every action you take is a reflection of how you understand the world you live in, your worldview. To understand America, you must have some appreciation for freedom. Our Constitution supposedly guarantees freedom of speech, religion, the press, assembly, and gun ownership. It implies the freedom to own property, pursue the occupation of your choice, and move freely about the nation. We think of freedom as a fundamental part of being American.

August 30, 2013

By David Outten

If you believe homosexuality is morally wrong — that God himself has condemned the behavior — then you’re a “homophobe.” You don’t have to be afraid of homosexuals. You don’t have to be afraid of being infected with AIDS. You’re a “homophobe” if you don’t condone gay sex.

August 30, 2013

By David Outten

I was brought up by a strong and wonderful single mother (as the result of a divorce). I understand that non-traditional families exist and can contain exemplary family members, however, the gold standard in family structure is a father and mother, who love each other, raising their own children. My mother would have heartily agreed.

August 30, 2013
Let Disney Be Disney

The July 20 issue of TV Guide announced the Disney Channel’s plans to feature a lesbian couple on a 2014 episode of their children’s sitcom, GOOD LUCK CHARLIE. The article calls the episode “groundbreaking” and refers to Disney as “testing the water” with content that many Americans would label as immoral.

August 12, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr

Once upon a time, I had the opportunity to teach in Salem, Mass., made famous centuries ago by its witch trials. Twenty years ago, the town government of Salem decided that they would trumpet witchcraft to promote tourism. Now, Salem celebrates Halloween for more than a month. Some famous churches have been converted into museums and amusements of horror and fright. Other churches have been converted into wiccan, Goth and necromancer places of worship. (The wiccans, by the way, do not like the necromancers because they need to kill to worship death.) The governor of Massachusetts has even named the state’s official witch.

August 2, 2013
July 26, 2013


Editor’s note: In this column, David d’Escoto tips his hat to author C.S. Lewis and his “Screwtape Letters.”

My fellow demons, it brings me great pleasure to stand before you with such good news. After a long and arduous battle on many fronts in America, I am delighted to confirm that we are making great strides on the political and economic fronts. As gratifying as this is, nothing brings me more joy than to report the verifiable attrition and conversion to socialism of the next generation of America’s Christians.

July 26, 2013


By Ted Baehr

Jesus Christ came to set the captives free. He is the chief cornerstone of our freedom.


Because each one of us has fallen short in many different ways that require judgment from God for the things we’ve done – lying, cheating, coveting, stealing, and so forth. And, as we know, deep in our hearts, the penalty is greater than we want to pay.

July 26, 2013
Author Vishal Mangalwadi

In films such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Social Network, Hollywood is showing secular capitalism changing America’s motto to “In Greed We Trust.” In the summer of 2010, the US Congress passed a twenty-three-hundred-page act to regulate the financial sector. This act is an admission of the massive corruption in that sector of the economy. Wall Street’s corruption, however, has yet to become a part of Main Street. The traditional morality of the West, easily evident in small towns and villages is incomprehensible to most non-Western visitors.

July 26, 2013
July 20, 2013

By Jerry Newcombe

There is a strong link between faith, the Christian faith in particular (in all of its various stripes), and doing good—including feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and providing shelter. It has been true in the past, and it is true in the present.

This is a mandate that comes from Jesus Himself, and the impact of Christian charity on civilization has been enormous and positive. What the church does, it will continue to do, and should do without any assistance from the government. In some cases, it does this despite resistance from the government.


July 20, 2013

by Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many R-rated movies have sexually explicit material in them. What was once reserved for pornographic magazines is now on the huge silver screen. When viewers are repeatedly subjected to pornography or even sexually explicit R-rated movies, detrimental results can occur in a persons sexuality and marriage. The following shocking article demonstrates that homosexuality and pornography are close bed fellows. Pornography does more than degrade women. It can condition men to accept homosexual behaviors. Hence, with a surge in sexually explicit images in R-rated movies, this article is a sounding call for discerning viewing. This article should be for adult reading only. Dr. Judith Reisman is the author of the excellent and extremely important books: Kinsey, Sex & Fraud and Soft Porn Plays Hardball.


July 11, 2013

By Dr. Peter Hammond

A New Evil Empire
Christians in Russia are expressing their shock at how America has now become the New Evil Empire, promoting abortion and privileges for perverts, with their aggressive pro-homosexual agenda, bullying African governments to legalise abortion and homosexuality, and sending generous aid to radical Middle Eastern governments which severely persecute the Christian Church.

June 18, 2013

Steven W. Mosher

More and more countries are hearing the death knell of low birth rates.

We live in an age unique in human history. Per capita incomes have never been higher, lifespans have never been longer, and people are better fed and educated than ever before. At the same time, birth rates have fallen to historically low levels. In fact, they have fallen to levels so low that they will extinguish whole populations unless something is done.

June 7, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

Hollywood has often been called a club. Certainly, the history of Hollywood has been rife with elitism, cronyism and nepotism. The studio heads from the Golden Age used to hire their relatives, whether or not they could even speak English.

June 7, 2013

By Tom Snyder, Ph.D.

The religious and political ideology of the Founding Fathers stems partly from the ideas of one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin. Even liberal historian Richard Hofstedter admits it.

June 7, 2013

By David Outten

In Romans Chapter 1 verse 24 the Apostle Paul speaks of those who God abandoned to “do whoever shameful things their heart desires.” It’s not being judgmental to recognize that there are such people in the United States. God loves them, but He lets them experience life like a child who has left home in rebellion.

June 7, 2013

Abandon all hope, you who seek Dante here.
By  Stephen W. Smith
Although skillful and clever throughout, Dan Brown’s Inferno is finally more of a gateway argument on behalf of population control than a simple thriller about Dante, Florence, or bioterror. Considered as a whole, the novel serves as something like a “gateway to the Posthuman age,” as the seeming villain of the novel says when describing the goal of his plot. While the gateways in Dante lead either to Hell and self-knowledge or to Mount Purgatorio and a climb to the stars, this novel leads the reader into a brave new world of genetic engineering and suggests that we embrace the new means required to “save the world,” even if we find them “uncomfortable.”

June 5, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
My friend Joseph Tson, from Romania, was one of the instrumental pastors in delivering Romania from Communism in the 1980s. He said that for years on Sunday in his Evangelical Church in Romania, he preached Jesus while the Romania equivalent of the KGB sat in the front row, monitoring his sermons. He always wondered why they did not care that he was preaching salvation in Jesus Christ, until he realized that the totalitarian Marxist-Leninist state had trespassed, encroached, and assumed those charitable and ecclesiastical activities that God had delegated to the governance, polity and duty of church and family, such as: education, welfare, care for the sick, care for the elderly, and marriage. So, when he started preaching the entire Gospel of the Kingdom of God, he was arrested immediately, was tortured and then had a miraculous release, because he didn’t care if he lived or died as long as he was proclaiming biblical truth and God’s commands which was Jesus Christ and his Kingdom come.

May 20, 2013

By David Outten, Production Editor
One of the great concerns in America today is the 22.1 percent unemployment rate among young black males. It’s nearly double the 11.5 percent unemployment rate for young white males. Cries go out in the media to spend more on education or to use more affirmative action, but the real change needed is in the media itself. Thus, it’s become abundantly clear that America’s poverty culture is fostered by the mass media.
Consider the impact of the media on young black males.

May 17, 2013
May 13, 2013

By Jeff Crouere

In the politically correct world of sports today, it is no surprise that the media went crazy in praising Jason Collins, the first gay professional athlete to go public. Collins is a 7 foot free agent center who is a 34 year old journeyman in the NBA. He only averages a few points a game and is used sparingly, but, today, he is a household name.

April 26, 2013


Great News: You Can Choose:

The Path to Freedom or The Path to Tyranny

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

There is a cacophony of voices in America today asking and answering the question: how do we fix our society? Clearly, the majority of people feel there’s a problem, but the real choices and the consequences of those paths has escaped them, so many are following the crowd down the road to perdition.

April 26, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr

Abolition of the family! … The bourgeois family will disappear, in the course [of history] as its supplement [private property] disappears, and both will vanish with the destruction of capital.

  • The Communist Manifesto, Chapter 2, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels.
April 23, 2013

Exclusive: David d’Escoto asks why conservatives continue to turn kids over to the left. Most likely you’ve heard Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Nowhere is this more obvious today than with political and religious conservatives, the so-called right. What do I mean? Next month the right will send millions of their own children to public schools that are literally controlled by the left – meaning that it is only the liberals’ “values,” “morals” and curriculum that are taught in our government schools.

April 23, 2013

By Jerry Newcombe

Terrorism is in the news again as seen in the tragic bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. This man-made disaster gives a time to reflect on terrorism—as we continue to pray for the victims of the bombing.

By now, we have probably all heard about the infamous slide presented at a US Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on religious extremism. They had a slide with the title “Religious Extremism.” (The slide is reproduced below).

April 23, 2013

The Naked Communist is a book written in 1958 by conservative United States author and faith-based political theorist Cleon Skousen.

The list of communist goals contained in the book was read into the Congressional Record by U.S. Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida, on January 10, 1963.

April 23, 2013

William S. Lind

Sometime during the last half-century, someone stole our culture. Just 50 years ago, in the 1950s, America was a great place. It was safe. It was decent. Children got good educations in the public schools. Even blue-collar fathers brought home middle-class incomes, so moms could stay home with the kids. Television shows reflected sound, traditional values.

April 17, 2013

This Friday, April 19, 2013 is the National Day of Silence which is sponsored by the homosexuality-affirming advocacy group, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN’s raison dêtre is to transform the moral and political views of our nation’s children through our publicly subsidized government schools. The Day of Silence is GLSEN’s central socio-political tool for achieving that purpose.
GLSEN urges students in high schools and middle schools to refuse to speak for an entire day—including during class—in order to draw attention to the plight of those students who are purportedly silenced and bullied because of their homosexuality or cross-dressing.

April 17, 2013

I am very much aware of the historical continuity extending over four centuries, during which the position of the Church of Scotland has been recognised in constitutional law and confirmed by successive Sovereigns. It sprang from the independence of mind and rigour of thought that have always been such powerful characteristics of the Scottish people, as I have occasion to know. [muted laughter] It has remained close to its roots and has inspired a commitment to service from all people.

April 16, 2013

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

Recently, during all the hubbub over the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly said Christians and conservatives have to stop “thumping the Bible” on the issue because people won’t be convinced by any arguments using the Bible.

April 15, 2013
April 12, 2013

By Stephen Baskerville
The fight to save marriage, as current being waged, is largely pointless. It simply cannot be won on these terms. If defenders of marriage can let go of their own politically correct fixations and squarely face some harsh but incontrovertible facts, it is still possible to stop the impending destruction of marriage by the courts.

April 3, 2013

Pro-Life Christian Leader Urges High Court, Pres. Obama, and Americans
To End ‘Bigoted Attacks and Lies’ Against Christian Faith & Values

International Pro-Life Christian leader Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of The Culture Watch, today urged the Supreme Court, others in all levels of government and “all Americans” to end the “bigoted attacks and lies” against Christianity, the Bible, and “traditional Christian values” in public education, the mass media, and the legal system.

March 27, 2013
March 3, 2013
February 26, 2013

By David Outten Massachusetts state education officials are seeking to force all public schools to recognize transgenderism and permit transgender students to play on the sports teams of their choice and use the locker rooms of their choice.

January 28, 2013

The recent box office mega-hit ‘The Hunger Games’ caused a groundswell of controversy with kid-on-kid violence being a central element of the plot. Many commentators and concerned citizens spoke out to voice their belief that the visual theatrical depiction of kid-on-kid violence would have a much more detrimental societal effect than simply reading about it.

While it is much too early to quantitatively prove or disprove those assertions, we are able to measure a broad range of reactions among ‘Hunger Games’ movie watchers and ‘Hunger Games’ book readers.

January 14, 2013

By Jerry Newcombe

In March 2010, ObamaCare was held up for a while in the House because there was a handful of Democratic Congressmen who were pro-life. Bart Stupak, former congressman from Michigan, led this group.

January 10, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor  

The critics and naysayers are upset. They don’t like it when we, or people like Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Rev. Franklin Graham, say that the rejection of God, Jesus, the Bible, and God’s Law is a far bigger problem than the proliferation of guns.

January 5, 2013

When the foundations are being destroyed, 

what can the righteous do?” 

– Ps.11:3

America is at a crossroads.  What happens politically and culturally the next four years may determine whether this land conceived in liberty will remain a free nation.

December 19, 2012

By Dr. Peter Hammond, Contributing Writer

One of the more recent Christmas traditions has been the repeated assertions, on the internet, in the press and from some pulpits, that the 25th December could not have been Jesus’ actual birthday.

December 18, 2012

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But, the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works – this person will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Many Christian leaders are trying to address the nature of the cultural collapse, which is bringing bondage to our future generations. We have forgotten history and common sense has been jettisoned. As we know, he who forgets history is doomed to repeat it.

Ruthless dictatorships are emerging, not just in the Middle East, but also in South America, Africa, and elsewhere. People are treating government as if it is God and forgetting the real God, who is the only King willing to die to save us from our sins and pay the penalty for our acts of commission and omission.

December 13, 2012

By Robert Knight

In George Orwell’s futuristic novel 1984, a tyrannical government masks its activities through the use of Newspeak – saying or doing something opposite of what the word means.

November 7, 2012
November 5, 2012

By Jerry Newcombe

Because of the passage in 2010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, our health care in the future could potentially change quite dramatically. Many opponents had hoped that the Supreme Court would rule it unconstitutional, but that ship sailed in late June.

October 23, 2012
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times about Catholic support for the two current vice presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan (who both claim to be Catholic), raised the question, Is God a pro-life conservative or is he a pro-abortion liberal? A side issue to that question is whether God favors a top-down social welfare state or a capitalist state of individual private effort and individual private charity, with no government handouts.
Of course, nothing in the article pointed to any Bible verses to back up either side’s position, much less the biblical position outlined in this article.