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By David Warren, The Catholic Thing, June 28, 2024

David Warren is a former editor of the Idler magazine and columnist in Canadian newspapers. He has extensive experience in the Near and Far East. …


“There are nights when you can’t even give it away,” said the young woman, laying on the drollery.

She was of course indulging in fierce satire; being colorful, “rhetorical,” rather than bad. She had no reputation for acting louchely. But thanks to the political correctness pathogen, the language has been spayed.

You can, in practice, give “it” away, though you may not, ever, give “it” away, according to the consensus of Western, which is to say Christian, which means Catholic par excellence, thinkers. …

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