Paul William Pyle articles

Filling in the Blanks in Ferguson

Filling in the Blanks in Ferguson

You know it’s getting bad when North Korea, notorious for human rights violations, calls the U.S. the “graveyard of human rights.” The issue, of course, is the story that has been in the headlines for weeks now, the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Not that anyone is taking North Korea seriously. About

OCR on the Air: Co-Founder Adam Josefczyk Answers, “Are the Culture Wars Over?”

Are the ‘culture wars’ over, as some maintain? Quite the contrary! OCR Co-Founder Adam Josefczyk returned to Ohio Politics with Bryan Williams on Sunday, May 25 to discuss the article “The Culture Wars Are Permanently ‘Out of the Closet,’” by OCR Featured Contributor Paul William Pyle. Listen to the interview:   Read the article: “The Culture Wars Are

The Culture Wars Are Permanently ‘Out of the Closet’

Rumor has it that the culture wars are over. If gay rights were the only battle, those rumors could be true. The pace of change on this issue is nothing short of breathtaking. State after state is either approving same-sex marriage or being forced to accept the arrangement by judicial declaration. Gay-rights supporters are rejoicing.

What It Looks Like from the Margins

I may be the most apolitical writer in the OCR stable. Not that I take my civic responsibility lightly, mind you. I have voted in every election since 1976, even in off-years. But I don’t keep up with politics and races, especially local ones. I can remember “cramming” with a voter guide as I walked

Two Questions for a ‘Post-Christian’ America

“The nation with the soul of a church” is what British journalist G.K Chesterton called America as he toured the former American colony. He was right then, but now it’s not so certain. I remember the first time I saw a presentation from David Barton affirming the main thesis of his career: that our nation

OCR DOUBLE-TAKE: Thoughtful Conservatism — The Wisdom of Compromise

[Editor’s note: This article is part of an OCR DOUBLE-TAKE.  Read its counterpart here.] I teach a high school course on current social problems. I like to joke that my students begin the course thinking that dandruff and halitosis are social problems, and I try to expand their understanding to include the familiar list of

A Call to Reason

I teach school for a living. From time to time, I will have trouble with a student, trouble that rises to the level of a call home. I dread these calls. They’re embarrassing, actually, because I teach juniors and seniors in high school. “My brethren,” as James said, “these things ought not so to be.”

Musings of a Disaffected Values Voter

I used to be more political than I am now. After more than four decades of participating in the political process, I’m a little disenchanted with the whole prospect of changing society through politics. But not totally. My expectations of the political process are now less naive and more nuanced. Let me explain. The first

The Family is in Trouble

The family is in trouble. Family life is changing, and the changes are troubling. There’s no question that the nuclear family – the social unit of dad, mom and the kids – is showing signs of decline. No matter which metric we use – out-of-wedlock births, abortions, divorce, single-parent families —the numbers are depressing. Or