Fr. George Rutler

On the Blithe Ignorance about the National Anthem

The current Neo-Puritanical mania for tearing down statues and stifling free speech by cultural ingénues ignorant of history and logic, has reached a stellar absurdity in demands to censure “The Star Spangled Banner” on lame claims that it is racist and advertises bigotry. Given the low level of contemporary culture, and the remarkable fact that sports figures who are paid millions of dollars think that their sudden wealth has made them intelligent, it is no surprise that large segments of the populace take seriously what many of these sanctimonious athletes say about complex historical matters. If ignorance is bliss, these fellows…


Protect and Preserve Our Monuments

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterful critique of life in 19th century America, Democracy in America, his attention was drawn to many facets of American culture at the time, commenting on the manners and temperament of the people who were living the most radical socio-political experiment at the time that defined the new American republic. The young French nobleman arrived in America in 1831, fully aware of the excesses and brutality of the Jacobin and “third estate” mobs in Paris who guillotined King Louis XVI in 1793 and executed thousands of enemies of the state during the reign of terror in…