The New Instrument of Gnosticism

Review: 'When Harry Became Sally' by Ryan T. Anderson

Directly after a rainbow flag flew in victory above the ramparts of American marriage law, it was borne into battle again. Transgenderism—till then the auxiliary partner in LGBT activism—took up the hexacolor to reenter the legal fray in its own cause.

How Not to Secure Israel

Review: 'Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for An Era of Change' by Charles D. Freilich

Israel IDF"Surprisingly, perhaps, Israel does not have a formal national security strategy, or defense doctrine, to this day," writes former Israeli deputy national security adviser Charles D. Freilich. Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change is his effort to move Israel closer to creating one. According to Freilich, David Ben-Gurion was the only "sitting leader to conceptualize an overall national security strategy," and with the dramatic changes to Israel's security situation since, a new one is needed. He may be right, but the reader leaves this book hoping that Freilich isn't the one to develop it.

Putin Tests the West

Kremlin watchers: Russian poisonings, election meddling require harsh response

Vladimir Putin An uptick in tense U.S.-Russia relations saw Moscow expel 60 diplomats from Russia Thursday as retaliation for the United States ordering the removal of 60 Russian officials Monday.

The Harrowing of Hell

Reading Hans Urs von Balthasar on Holy Saturday

Jerusalem Gears Up For Easter CelebrationsThe best way I've found to put the question is this: Are the Gates of Hell broken in, or broken out? Did Christ on Holy Saturday descend to Hell in his glory as the risen king, smashing the gates in as he strode forth to claim the souls of the patriarchs and prophets? Or did he ascend from the depths of Hell in his Resurrection, gathering up the souls around him and breaking open Hell from the inside as he ascended into Heaven?

Palestinian Government Still Paying Terrorists With U.S. Taxpayer Funds, Defying U.S. Law

PA defies new U.S. law, hails U.S. subsidized payments to terrorists

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud AbbasThe Palestinian Authority is continuing to pay out salaries to convicted terrorists using funds provided by the American taxpayer, a policy that defies a recent U.S. law mandating the PA stop these subsidies or face a cutoff in U.S. aid dollars, according to U.S. and Israeli lawmakers who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Study: Schools Have Gotten Safer

Students report feeling safer, face less victimization than 1990s and early 2000s

American schools have grown safer over the past two decades along a number of axes, according to a variety of new measures released as a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) on Thursday.

GOP Senator: Trump Will be Receptive to F-35 Sales to Taiwan

Sen. Jim Inhofe: 'We're no longer going to be afraid of doing what is right'

Taiwan F-35A senior Republican senator who called on President Donald Trump to allow the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Taiwan believes he will be receptive to the proposal given the administration's inclination to check China's economic and military rise.