Belgian flag"Bigger is better in government" — that is the mantra of collectivists. History books they write warn of the danger of nations dividing into several smaller countries. So, if South Carolina had seceded from the Union, our whole nation — we are told — would have fractured into a number of mini-nations.

JesusThis year’s Christmastide has been marked by widespread Jihadist terrorism against the Christian Church. Numerous attacks against churches in Nigeria were among the first to draw international attention, but the violence was by no means limited to one country. In Iraq, church leaders had decided to downplay Christmas observances out of fear of a repetition of the October 31 massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad; the public celebration of Christmas was virtually canceled. However, such prudence was unable to avert the violent intentions of Muslim terrorists, who chose instead to launch attacks on Christians homes throughout Baghdad. As Iraqi priest who presided at the funeral of an elderly couple murdered in the attacks, Fr. Nadhir Dakko, declared: “Iraq is bleeding every day.”

students in South AfricaSouth Africa’s public school system, like most government school systems, is a disaster. According to the Associated Press’s Donna Bryson, “Only a third of third-graders in South Africa meet the minimum literacy and numeracy standards, according to national test results. Last year, a third of those taking final-year exams failed.” Bryson quotes the country’s education minister, Angie Motshekga: “We must acknowledge that there is poor teaching in many of our schools. Management in our schools is often weak and lacks leadership and commitment. Our systems are also often inefficient.”

Communist ManifestoMove over Superman and Spiderman; make room for the latest comic book installment to hit a comic shop and bookstore near you — Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in The Communist Manifesto (Illustrated)! That’s right. The classic 1848 publication has just received a brand new makeover as a comic book with the hope of making communism appealing to a new generation of young, enthusiastic comic readers.

Iraqi ChristiansFollowing the October 31 massacre at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, the dwindling Christian community in Iraq decided to cancel public observances of the Christmas season, in the hope of avoiding further bloodshed at the hands of their Muslim neighbors. Although Muslims attacked churches in Nigeria and the Philippines, it seemed as is the Iraqis might have some respite from the horrors of Jihad.