Some Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Nihilism

On January 23, 2015, in Christianity, Culture, Death, Islam, Muslims, Philosophy, Terrorism, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“It is the test of good religion,” G. K. Chesterton wrote, “whether you can joke about it.” If the reactions of religion’s proponents is any judge, Judaism and Christianity fair pretty well. Islam—at least a large segment of Islam—doesn’t think it’s very funny. Of course no practicing Jew, Christian, or Muslim considers the cartoons published […]

Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and Baptism by Waterboarding

On May 1, 2014, in Christianity, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Politics, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sarah Palin has a faithful attack dog in Mark Levin. Good for her. We all need friends and allies. Recently, Levin has been in full froth, defending Palin after criticism she received for her remarks to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Comparing how liberals view terrorists and how she views them, Palin told the […]

America’s Boneless Wonder

In the midst of the Arab Spring I had lunch one day with a middle eastern colleague who expressed deep concern about what was taking place in Egypt, particularly over the possible ouster of Hosni Mubarak and the fall of Egypt into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. My friend was no fan of Mubarak, […]

After America

On May 6, 2012, in America, Books, Freedom, Future, Government, Islam, Patriotism, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

Mark Steyn is a curmudgeon. This isn’t an insult. In fact, Steyn wears the moniker with pride. In After America: Get Ready for Armageddon Steyn writes: “Even in the best of times, ‘upbeat and inspirational’ isn’t really my bag.” I think the man protest not enough—Steyn is too modest in his assessment as the party-pooper. […]

Will the Arab Spring Produce a Waterless Cloud?

On August 26, 2011, in Arab Spring, Freedom, Future, God, Government, Holy Spirit, Islam, Middle East, Muslims, Politics, Russia, by Derrick G. Jeter

Liberty has come to Libya . . . or so it appears. After four decades of tyranny, the Libyan people have thrown off the shackles of oppression and are free to determine their destiny. This is good. But troubling reports foreshadow a future of further tyranny, not freedom. The Libyan “Draft Constitutional Charter for the […]

What I Saw at the Rally, Part 2: Whose God?

On September 14, 2010, in America, Belief, Character, Christianity, Culture, Faith, God, Gospel, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Patriotism, Politics, Salvation, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Note: Previously, I had written an article about what I witnessed at the Restoring Honor rally, which occurred on the National Mall on August, 28, 2010 (“What I Saw at the Rally, Part 1: A View from the Cheap Seats”). In this article I’d like to discuss Beck’s use of “faith” and “God,” which was […]

9/11 and Its Surreal Cast of Characters

On September 11, 2010, in America, Courage, Evil, Freedom, History, Islam, Muslims, Patriotism, September 11, by Derrick G. Jeter

Things have taken a turn for the surreal. The patients are in control of the insane asylum. On this, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on America we—all Americans, regardless of creed or color—should unite in national remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We should unite in our resolve […]

Let Peace Reign, Beginning with the Religion of Peace

On August 17, 2010, in America, Belief, Culture, Freedom, Islam, Muslims, Peace, September 11, by Derrick G. Jeter

“Islam is a religion of peace.” So we’ve been hearing since September 11, 2001. It’s understandable really, for Muslims to tout this claim. After all, Christians have made similar claims whenever the Inquisition or the Crusades are brought up; or to a lesser extent, when some nut does something stupid in the name of Christ. […]

History, the Plumb Line of Truth

The dust has settled over New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. And yet, every four years the political rhetoric of presidential campaigns causes a dust-up that settles like acid rain on the goodness of our nation, eating away at our civility and our historic memory.   This political season is no different. So […]

Reflections on War

But none of these allowed either wealth with its prospect of future enjoyment to unnerve his spirit, or poverty with its hope of a day of freedom and riches to tempt him to shrink from danger. No, holding that vengeance upon their enemies was more to be desired than any personal blessings, and reckoning this […]