Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Golden state tarnish

News analysis | Be-happy liberalism becomes suppress-dissent liberalism
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/04/19, 08:53 am

Do Californians just want to have fun? Not if they’re members of the state legislature that late last month showed how liberalism, once a defender of free speech, is doubling down on suppression of dissent and viewpoint diversity.

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March 22, 1622

History | The day the music died in Virginia
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/04/19, 12:22 am

My last column noted the good mood 400 years ago at the July 30, 1619, inaugural meeting of Virginia’s General Assembly. The assembly wanted to maintain peace with the Powhatan tribe and promote “the Conversion of the Indians to Christian Religion.” 

James Horn in his book 1619 shows how settlers and natives fought for several years after the Jamestown founding in 1607, but seven years later the marriage of Powhatan princess Pocahontas and settler John Rolfe improved relations.   

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Caritas … with a dose of wisdom

Effective Compassion | The 2019 Hope Awards: Make contact, avoid beanballs
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/01/19, 12:12 am

Early Christians emphasized caritas, caring for the poor, as opposed to Rome’s tradition of liberalitas, hosting those of equal or higher rank. Caritas is still part of Christian belief and practice, as our Hope Awards show: Secularists say they can do a better job through government action, but three decades of WORLD stories have shown the falsity of that claim.

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