This past week, the movie “13 Hours” was released, a story of what happened at Benghazi in Libya in 2012 when the American ambassador and several others were killed. This was the “incident” for which the State Department and the White House originally blamed an anti-Muslim video, which, in today’s politically correct language, was “mis-spoken” (what a few people still call a lie).The CIA issued a statement about the movie, denying there was any order for security personnel to “stand down” and not intervene. But too many other people are saying there was indeed such an order. Variety has a fairly balanced account.
Some good photography, good stories on faith, good poetry – it was, all in all, a good week online. And my friend David Rupert posted a video – produced by East Catholic High School – that is a good reminder to all of us to stand firm and be bold against the currents running through our cultural elites.
Art and Photography
Christmas Past – Tim Good at Arts by Tiwago.
Stairway: Windows in the City of Freud – Merisi at Vienna for Beginners.
Christmas Swimming – Lady Fi.
The “Right” Church – Loren Paulssen at World Narratives.
Sorry, The Bible Doesn’t Promise to Make America Great Again – Russell Moore at The Washington Post (Hat tip: Jared Gilbert).
There But for the Grace of God Go I – Tim Challies at Informing the Reforming.
Stretch and Expand or Wither – Mary Harwell Sayler at The Word Center.
Conservatism Will Not Save Christianity – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
Richard – a funeral service for a member of the Greatest Generation – Michael Mercer at Internet Monk.
Small Forgotten Poems – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
There are days – Natasha Head at The Tashtoo Parlour.
Abandoned Black Graveyard Next to The Country Club – Brendan MacOdrum at Oran's Well.
Life and Culture
The Balkanization of Fiction – Mike Duran at deCompose.
The End of Prayer Shaming – East Catholic High School
Photograph by Circe Denyer via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.