The Corner

Open a Bible, Learn Stuff

Last week, I poked some innocent fun at the idea of The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America. I have been looking at a copy of it, and am pleased to discover it’s not as bad as I had feared. I did, however, catch a typo in the actual Bible text (Daniel 5:27); I’ve had my hands on countless Bibles over the years, and you’d be surprised how rare typos in the Biblical text have become. (Gone for good are the days of the “Wicked Bible” of 1631, which inadvertently left out the word “not” in “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”)

And I learned something from this Patriot’s Bible that I was amazed that I had never heard before. A note in the text of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians reads: “Bill Clinton placed his hand on Galatians 6:8 as he took the presidential oath of office in 1993.” Galatians 6:8 reads: “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Now, I’m no Clinton hater, and I’m not going for a cheap putdown of the 42nd president here, but come on: a warning about “flesh” and “corruption” in Minute One of his presidency? A comic novelist would be faulted for making that up. (Was it perhaps intentional — i.e., that Clinton recognized the specific weaknesses to which he was prone and that could get his presidency in serious trouble, and was therefore wise enough to ask God’s help against them?)

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More