In defence of offence

First published on The Spectator’s Coffee House blog on 20th July 2017 On Tuesday the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced a crackdown on gender stereotyping. Adverts suggesting men are useless around the house – racing out of the door, leaving the...

A Christian Movie that Embarrasses Christianity

First published in The Hedgehog Review, September 2nd, 2016 The new Ben-Hur is bad. As scathing reviews have noted, this implausible remake is treacly, pietistic and rushed. Replete with gooey flashbacks and clunky transitions, it begins with the famous chariot race,...

What’s Pro-Life About an AR-15?

First published by The American Conservative, March 3, 2016 I’d only been in the U.S. for about six months when it arrived in the mail, slipping out of the Kroger coupons. I unfolded the full-page advert to find a series of amazing offers, but the one that really...

Cheering for Thanatos

First published in The Hedgehog Review on 2nd June 2015 As if there weren’t enough mighty causes, age-defining campaigns, momentous movements coming to a head last week. As if the public square were not already deafened by the cacophony of acrimony, war cries, whoops...