On April 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm, Alison Castellina wrote:
Mark asked for questions on the current state of the church, so here goes. The word "Church" in Greek is "ecclesia" meaning "those called out". So the real church is all the "called out" people here, there and everywhere, known only to God. Any institution calling itself the (institutional) "Church" is always a mixture of hypocrites ('actors') and the converted. The aim of the former is to ape the world's fashions and ideologies and erase the authority of scriptural doctrine. When this happens, the institutional church empties which we are now seeing in the West. Do you agree that the future belongs to an (underground) movement called 'Christianity' rather than to an established institution and that believers should busily start regrouping to prepare for that inevitable outcome?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm, Pete Procopio wrote:
As millions remember the Resurrection and Pentecost I happened upon a Wall Street Journal survey that found just 39% of Americans believe religion is "very important" to them - down from 62% 25 years ago.
No real surprise in those numbers judging by the anecdotal evidence all around us. However I'm left wondering if America is no longer a nation rooted in Christianity and natural law...what are we now?
The answers I came to were pretty awful. I'm one of those dinosaurs that believes we all have a God-shaped hole in us we spend our lives trying to fill - and if you remove faith, what we're left with is frightening. Do you have any thoughts?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:01 pm, Todd Lewis wrote:
I had commented recently that Christianity is, in fact, the basis of Western Civilization until recently. I suggested that Christian culture has an inherent problem because it seeks to grant grace, forbearance, and kindness to those who are not genuine believers. It doesn't seek to ruin, cancel, jail, or kill those who do not subscribe to the faith. I wonder if you have a theory as to why this outlook has been rejected and Jacobinism and Bolshevism seem to have become the new model for "civilization".
On April 7, 2023 at 3:02 pm, SIMON ARNOLD wrote:
I live in northern Scotland, Caithness, the churches are rarely open, and most of them have been or will be sold off. My nearest Church is just three minutes away. Church of Scotland, England and wherever has become woke.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:04 pm, Sandra Robinson wrote:
Re- A year after our friend Eva Vlaardingerbroek said we needed more Christianity, I agree.
But whilst organized Christianity and regular fuller Church-going would help to rebalance the much more widespread and authoritarian religion of Islam, with death imposed on any member leaving – I believe that Christianity's organization, after the death of Jesus, was politicized; its gospels selected, destroyed or kept secret; its rituals acquired wealth and control; and most important of all, its priesthood middle-men contact with God, gave it a man-made and accepted direct line To God. Which ordinary people have, if they believe. Worldwide, globalist religion has developed great power which it has, and still does, misuse.
But despite all of this, Christianity is intended to be good, ordinary people want it to be a force for good, and simple, humble faith in perhaps this only other dimension to experience any justice, when cruelly denied on earth.
Because, and I can only describe this as a worldwide evil, The WEF intended elites Single World Government with a Great Reset and Fourth Industrial Revolution is underway. The creation of transhumans from humans, with injected micro-chips and robotic additions. Transhumans, most likely already rendered sterile by vaccinations or trans surgery. All without any ownership of anything, including freedom, and fed on lab, factory produced food. The world's resources being increasingly acquired, owned, controlled & removed from sight and access, behind huge security, by and for the elites & single government.
Even religion misused, has not gone this far. And middle people aside, I have faith, that with a comprehension of right and wrong and conscience, there is likely to be a spiritual dimension that cannot be reached during life on earth, but can, I hope, provide justice that has not been achieved on earth.
Kind regards, Sandra
On April 7, 2023 at 3:06 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Do you have a favourite Christian film? I miss when the networks used to play films like The Ten Commandments at Easter Time or Christmas. Ben Hur is my favourite. I also like Jesus of Nazareth by Zeffirelli.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:08 pm, Frank Gallenstein wrote:
Enjoyed this week's shows, especially the interview with Conrad Black.
Conventional wisdom says Trump cannot beat Joe Biden in 2024. Not true. As you've often stated, Trump does not seek your advice, but you've articulated a strategy that I believe will bring him victory. It reenforced Rush's saying, "Only Donald Trump can defeat Donald Trump".
I believe many people have overlooked the impact Covid had on the 2020 election. the pandemic was at its infancy and it was on the minds of all of us. Biden, with the help of the media, got away with blaming Covid on Trump. Even big Pharma avoided helping Trump by announcing prior to the election they had a shot for Covid.
Now Biden has a track record on Covid and it stunk - mandates and lockdowns - and these still resonate in voters' minds. Couple that with Biden's awful foreign and domestic policy decisions and Biden is ripe for defeat by Trump.
A million indictments can't stop Trump if he were to follow your advice and stick to how he will fix this mess. What say ye?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm, LeaveTheGun-TakeTheCannoli wrote:
Over at TakiMag, Ann Coulter posited that all this Trump indictment stuff is a rouse that the Democrats are playing such that all this will garner sympathy/empathy so Trump gets the Republican nomination. Succinctly, the Democrats feel Trump is easier to beat in the general election than say younger vibrant candidates like DeSantis or even Haley (competencies aside). I kind of agree with Ms Coulter in that Trump is his own worst enemy - off in directions depending how well you ingratiated yourself to him. Further, he continues to take poor advice from those around him - setting his supporters up for disappointment.
What say you?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm, Jonny Woodrow wrote:
I love watching the MAGA media from the U.K. I've recently got a mug from one of their TV stations and I want a MAGA hat, not because I'm optimistic about the future of the USA but because I figure that if the West is done for I might as well hang out in the gift shop.
Just as one end of the Titanic went up in the air before it went down to the seabed, the MAGA media seem to think that a rise in Trump's popularity among republicans might mean the USA can be saved. However, the Daily Wire reported survey data that support for patriotism and the desire for marriage and children in the US are well below 30 percent. Is there a silent conservative majority in the USA or have they really settled for the permanent technocratic big state with a soap opera sideshow every four years?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:13 pm, JON FACCI wrote:
A bogus show trial by intellectual Lilliputians set out to destroy a man popular with the common man because he threatens their totalitarian hold on their control of the essential institutions of society. Where have I heard of that before.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:15 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
"The process is the punishment" is a line you've used frequently your situation but that could be a phrase to describe what has happened to Trump and everyone here in America and the western world regarding immigration, race, transgenders, the mutilation of our children, and other issues. Do you agree with that assessment?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:17 pm, Scott Schertzer wrote:
The next time I hear some pundit state that America is a center-right country I'm going to spit. We haven't been a center-right country for at minimum the past 30 years. Republicans still campaign as Ronald Reagan did in the 1980's. As much as I might wish we were still that country that ship has sailed.
Donald Trump tried to drag the party into the 21st century and we know where that got him. Ron DeSantis seems to have gotten the memo and is using the power of the state to do battle with the left here in Florida.
It seems to me that there is almost no hope (in the short term anyway) for a conservative to get much of anything done at the federal level. I would rather have DeSantis remain here as Governor because he can affect greater change. Do you agree that it is the states where conservatives can begin to take back the country?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:18 pm, Chris Davies wrote:
Happy Easter Mark,
The fat lady appears increasingly to be clearing her throat ready to hit the big note that calls time on the last vestiges of preeminence of the land of the free.
Given the total disregard for even the most rudimentary legal, moral or ethical standards by the Democrats and their RINO "opponents", is secession now the only viable way forward for long-term co-existence or is there a way back from the abyss for the United States of America?
Keep well Mark.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:19 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
Happy Easter and Passover to all. What do you think of Trudeau naming David Johnston as Independent Special Rapporteur into China's electoral interference in Canada?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:21 pm, Charlie Citrine wrote:
Given that Islam and the Left have joined forces to bring about the inevitable demise of Western Civilisation, once achieved, these profoundly incompatible bedfellows will have to fight each in a war to the death. Which do you think will win, and which would you prefer to live under? China or Iran?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:23 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Hi Mark, So glad you're feeling well enough to keep doing Q & A's. Any updated thoughts on the tensions between the EU/Brussels bureaucracy and outlier Hungary & somewhat less outlier Poland?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:27 pm, Michael Hulme wrote:
With the destruction and/or serious immiseration of the western world economy fast approaching as a direct result of the nonsensical and extremely damaging and highly dangerous net zero policies naively and seemingly uniformly agreed to by our idiotic political classes, is there perhaps a small crumb of hope for our future to be drawn from the recent heartfelt and fully justified eulogies...see for example Rishi Rich in the Spectator this week...for the late Nigel Lawson who of course spent the last 20 years or so of his life quite correctly strongly opposing all that nonsense? Could it perhaps be that there are actually more politicians than we expect or know about who actually secretly agree with Lawson on this topic too but possibly feel somehow too frightened of speaking out and countering the group think...and hence of being ostracized as a 'denier'? If so we can only hope they will eventually have the guts and the good sense to speak out soon..otherwise we'll all certainly be up the proverbial sewage laden creek without any paddles! What do you reckon are our chances?
Recent new member...and in full support of your action against OFCOM
On April 7, 2023 at 3:32 pm, Chris Hall wrote:
I'm sure that this is a more trivial aspect of the whole wave of Drag Queen hours in schools throughout the country, but I was struck by the fact that this strange phenomenon is that it constitutes a massive case of cultural appropriation. Drag Queen shows are, in essence, modern day minstrel shows, but with the performers not wearing "black face", they wear "fem face". I'm shocked, shocked in the Captain Louis Renault sense, that women aren't totally outraged by this.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:34 pm, David P wrote:
Been an awfully long time since I asked a question as your times don't work so well for slumbering antipodeans.
Did you manage to catch the recent Posie Parker tour of Aus and NZ? She was treated abysmally. Every rally she was subjected to hostile antics bullies. Here in a Melbourne some neo nazi losers came to her rally and the press had a field day portraying her a a nazi. In NZ it was even worse - she was lucky not to be seriously injured or killed.
Here in Melbourne a female Liberal party politician attended the rally. For her troubles she was suspended by the liberal party.
As far as I can tell, Posie is just a (very courageous) woman defending women, not an anti trans activist as she is labeled and certainly not a Nazi.
Have you met Posie? Do you have any thoughts on her? Why is the press so anti Posie and why aren't ordinary women appalled at what is going on? And is Australia the wokest country in the world?
Keep up the good fights.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:36 pm, The Notorious Mr. J wrote:
A big picture economic question. There have been alarms raised about the coming of central digital currency, something that would transform currency into sinister Company Town skrip. The dangers to freedom and privacy seem very real. Does it really look inevitable, or beatable? The lure of convenience and "safety" might be too much for the Public to resist.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:38 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Mark and fellow Club members, does the regime in Washington DC have any appreciation for the decline they have brought upon the United States? We have a former president and current frontrunner for the Republican nomination under indictment, the US dollar is losing its global reserve status, the talking points from the US government on how the Nordstream pipeline have been debunked, and yet our current house speaker is taking a tour of Taiwan like the one he replaced, proving while parties may gain and lose majorities, the regime never loses power. At what point do our political leaders realize that it isn't 1991 anymore?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:41 pm, Penns Woods wrote:
Mark assuming nothing works out, as has been the case for say, the last 50 years, what might be a next step? The West and esp the US has made zero progress in, even slowing the process of destruction of our culture and civilization. What is the step for us after defeat?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:43 pm, Bart Nielsen, not his real name perhaps wrote:
Hi Mark. So glad you are bouncing back from your recent unpleasantness. Prayers for your continued recovery.
Listening to your show yesterday about the industrial scale Islamorape of England's most vulnerable girls reminded me of a correlation I have noticed for many years now. As young girls have their lives and futures wrecked by the rapists and their willing accomplices in the constabulary and government, young men seem to be abandoning the comforts and pleasures of normal family life in favor of homosexual liaisons or other dead end life pursuits. Could it be that in this case correlation truly does indicate causation.
The poise of the young ladies you interview on the topic is amazing and inspirational. My prayers for much better lives for them going forward.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:45 pm, George Pereira wrote:
Although I'm not interested in watching the woke TV series (Rings of Utter Crap) or movies such as Cardboard Man 29 or Gay Batwoman 15 I do find the news about the production and people involved a guilty pleasure. All of these people are deranged.
If I don't buy into African American hobbits, I'm a hater. If I don't buy into woke race swapping storylines, I have everything phobias.
None of this makes me interested in even going to the woke movies or watching woke TV.
What also is bizarre is the dead seriousness Hollywood uses when talking about comic book characters.
Is there any chance that any of these people will realize how foolish they look when talking about such earth-shattering subjects such as Kang the abuser of women?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:47 pm, David Hender from The Isle of Wight, UK wrote:
You look better every single show
I am not religious but am spiritual. However, I respect all people with whatever religion they follow, provided it is not extreme.
I believe that the slow demise of Christianity in the West is done to one thing. That is the people that we vote into organise our countries so that it lets us lead a good life, have completely failed us.
We have lost hope and that whichever God you believe in, will not save us
All the best
On April 7, 2023 at 3:49 pm, Matt from Upstate NY wrote:
I hope you don't mind a non religious comment and question but I have to admit I was amused, thrilled and heartened all at once that Twitter has labeled NPR's Twitter pages as "state affiliated media." Their indignation is delicious. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:51 pm, Timothy McDonnell wrote:
They're shooting missiles at each other again along the borders of Israel. I don't see any "partners in peace" that the Israelis can do business with, so I am inclined towards a unilateral solution where borders are imposed on the Palestinians, while Israelis also leave the settlements in the West Bank which do not surround the ten most important Jewish and Christian religious sites of high importance in the West Bank, which would be governed as Protected Religious Sites which allow people of all faiths to visit peacefully at scheduled times with armed protection in order to avoid violence. All other settlements I would then use to house the Palestinians living in Israel proper in exchange for their real estate in Israel. Perhaps some Israeli areas contiguous to the West Bank and Gaza can also be given to the Palestinians so that regular Palestinians are provided land to use for agriculture. Having a peaceful, socially cohesive state is what needs to happen as I think it would reduce violence against all parties. Perhaps to help create economic opportunities in the Palestinian areas the US and other nations could put up monies to fund a large water desalination plant, powered by a nuclear battery under international control, that would provide water to irrigate the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip. This would go a long way to providing jobs and the possibility of economic advancement in those areas.
I don't like having to do all of this, but as an American I am tired of the endless funding requests from both sides of those borders. Both sides don't want to live in the same country as the other group. Jewish people living in non-settlement areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip lost their lands through endless violence so it is only proper that the Palestinians are removed from Israel. With the Israelis out of the West Bank, the Palestinian State can then govern itself and be held to the standards of all other nations. If the Palestinians choose war, the Israelis would be allowed to respond and remove the Palestinians from West Bank and Gaza Strip territory as the cost the Palestinians would pay for committing acts of war on the Israelis. What do you think should happen between the Israelis and Palestinians?
Thanks and don't die on us.
On April 7, 2023 at 3:53 pm, Steve from Manhattan wrote:
Mark, YouTube gave you a cheesy award for reaching 100,000 subscribers, and I was shocked to see you toss it away—on live TV—simply because, right after giving you this piece of junk, YouTube banned you. Can you please retrieve this thing and do a live auction of Non-Fungible Tchotchkes on the Mark Steyn Cruise? Maybe throw in the original letter from the YouTube CEO in a suitable plastic frame?
On April 7, 2023 at 3:56 pm, Joe Cressotti wrote:
Hi Mark, Do you have any plans for another Tales for Our Time? If so, would you ever consider reading something by Walker Percy? I would be interested in hearing your take on his work. He captures better than any author I know the spiritual void at the heart of the west at the end of the 20th century. His last work, The Thanatos Syndrome, is eerily prophetic, even containing a rogue government health agency that poisons the public for its own good. A running theme in his work is the way a culture of death hides behind a pleasing facade and that tenderness, as one of his characters famously states, leads to the gas chambers.