May 1, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Nothing irritates progressive commentators quite so much as watching nations reject the failed experiment of the Sexual Revolution. Despite the fact that the so-called sexual liberty we enjoy in the West has ravaged families, spawned a rarely-reported on epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, and gutted the institution of marriage—all while failing utterly to deliver on the happiness that was promised—it makes progressives nervous when political leaders glance at the rotten fruit and decide that they would prefer to work at building something quite different. For example, the conscious rejection of libertine sexual values by a growing number of Eastern European countries is a repudiation that makes progressives feel enormously threatened. One recent example would be Russia’s decision to block the smut monopolies PornHub and YouPorn, the world’s largest providers of free pornography. PornHub alone manages to infect untold numbers of people annually, with over half a million years worth of pornography being consumed on its sites during the year 2016 alone. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (the Roskomnadzor in Russian), which is in charge of monitoring the internet, responded to previously issued court decisions by blocking the sites earlier this month. (The same agency also briefly blocked PornHub in September of 2015.) Predictably, Twitter promptly exploded with outrage. In 2019, the right toRead more

April 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Some say they saw the figure of Jesus appear in the flames that devoured so much of Notre Dame Cathedral. They felt that Christ was perhaps the reason the whole edifice was not destroyed. To those hardened doubters concerning the presence of Christ in any way, shape, or form — past, present or future — the people who saw Christ walking among the flames merely give evidence of fatuous credulity. Cynicism is seen as the legitimate destroyer of the supernatural, be it the resurrection or the miracles of Christ. The attitude is nothing new. Even the hardened Nebuchadnezzar saw four rather than three men in the fiery furnace, though he was forced to acknowledge that the fourth man walking among the flames rather looked like a son of the gods. As one wit suggested, the fact that such skeptics hold beliefs that defy reason and observable facts, making the most arcane beliefs of the wildest religion seem eminently reasonable, matters not a whit. To the scoffers, Christ is the perennial object of scorn, and Christianity is a mere fable devised and promoted by mere mortals whose goal is to stupefy and to control the masses. Religion is for them, to quote a famous man, “the opiate of the people.” Thus, the destruction of the eight-hundred-year-oldRead more

The current violence, which has been getting worse since early 2017, “is slightly different, in that it is a series of targeted attacks on Christian communities attempting to displace farmers and take land for herders.” — Nathan Johnson, International Christian Concern, Regional Manager for Africa. “Christians in Nigeria are treated as second-class citizens in the twelve northern states, where sharia law is implemented. They are victimized in many ways. Christian girls are kidnapped and forced into marriage to Muslim men. Pastors are abducted for ransom. Churches are vandalized or completely destroyed.” — Nathan Johnson. “The Nigerian government and the international community… have from the start done little to address the situation. This lack of participation is not surprising: they cannot even acknowledge its roots, namely, the intolerant ideology of jihad. As a result, the death toll of Christians has only risen — and will likely continue to grow exponentially — until such time that this reality is not only acknowledged but addressed.” — Raymond Ibrahim, author and Middle East expert. Christians are being massacred in Nigeria by Fulani and Boko Haram jihadists — and no one seems to care. The most severe persecution of these defenseless Christians — who make up half of Nigeria’s total population — has been taking place mostly in the Muslim north of the country, which is governed by sharia law,Read more

An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it. The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works. Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to “ban memes”. It requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged. That could mean memes – which often use images taken from films or TV shows – could be removed by websites. The system is also likely to go wrong, campaigners say, pointing to previous examples where automated systems at YouTube have taken down a variety of entirely innocent posts. Smaller sites might not even be able to maintain such a complicated infrastructure for scanning through posts, and therefore might not be able to continue to function, activists claim. Some companies and sites have already had to shut down as a result of the EU’s new GDPR data rules. It has been opposed by a whole host of internet experts, many of them involved with the creation of the central technologies and services of the internet. An open letter published last week was signed by more than 70 experts, including web creator Tim Berners-Lee, WikipediaRead more