Category Archives: Law

‘Civil’ Marriage Does Not Exist

If we Catholics ever hope to convince supporters of same-sex “marriage” that it isn’t real, we first have to convince ourselves that “civil marriage” is just as unreal. Sure, the State thinks it controls something that it likes to call “civil marriage,” as though it is really a thing. But the Catholic view of marriage […]

Benjamin Watson and Baltimore: Having a Fearless Witness for Christ

Back in January, I posted a Facebook message containing a wish and a prayer for the New Year from New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who’s also a husband and father of five (number five, a daughter, is due in August). Near the end of his message, he wrote: I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the […]

Dishonest News Coverage of the Debate over “Discrimination”

The big story of this week is apparently Indiana’s effort to pass a law modeled on the national Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Supporters of the law complain that news coverage has been biased and dishonest.  They have a point, if the following is any indication. CBS Cleveland has a story on its website about an […]

The ACLU’s Attack on Civil Liberties

The ACLU has decided to lend its legal talents to the defense of an aggressive form of “civil rights,” and this makes it hostile to traditional forms of civil liberties–especially the free exercise of religion.  I write about this in this article at Public Discourse. Here is a key passage, in which I contend that […]

Indiana is the new Brendan Eich

In 1993, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) passed the Democrat controlled U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. It passed the U.S. Senate (also controlled by Democrats) by a vote of 97-3. It was signed into law by Bill Clinton. RFRA, allows the government to place a “substantial burden” on someone’s religious beliefs and practice so […]

Conservatism and Judicial Restraint

When people think of non-liberal approaches to the exercise of judicial review, they usually think of conservatism’s claims to endorse judicial restraint, in opposition to what conservatives think of as liberal judicial activism.  There are some people on the right, however, who openly endorse judicial activism in defense of the ends they approve of.  One […]

Three Reasons to Remember that We Can Deserve the Death Penalty

As readers of CV, and of the larger Catholic blogosphere know, there has been a robust debate going on recently among Catholics about the morality of capital punishment.  I would like to say more about that when I get the chance.  For now, however, I would like to point out what I think is a […]

Opinion Roundup: Catholics and Capital Punishment

The last month has seen a lot of Catholic commentary on the question of capital punishment, including by CatholicVote’s own Tom Hoopes (see here).  For those who are interested, here is a round-up of some of the statements that have been made, divided by the position taken on the question. Against capital punishment: Joint editorial […]


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