Category Archives: Law

A Non-Religious Law Professor’s Humane Case for Religious Exemptions

Over at the Washington Post, law professor (and non-religious believer) Eugene Volokh offers a lengthy post with a kind of argument for religious exemptions to certain laws, a kind of argument not often heard.  When Americans demand such exemptions, they usually go right for the Constitution (the Free Exercise Clause) and demand them as a [...]

Loaded Language on “Marriage” Heads to the Supreme Court

During Pope Francis’ Encounter with Families in the Philippines this week, the Holy Father commented on particular threats to the good of the family, saying, “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a [...]

Congress, Catholics, and the Vanishing Pro-Life Democrat

Yesterday, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released some statistics on the religious composition of the new 114th Congress, which includes more Catholics (with 164) than any Congress in history. That’s about 31% of Congress that identifies as Catholics, compared with about 22% of American adults. Sadly, while the number of Catholics in [...]

The Ferguson Riots: Tribalism vs. Civilization

Our country will be a long time counting the cost of the breakdown of public order and communal trust in Ferguson, Missouri. The Brown family lost their son. Struggling urban store owners lost their livelihoods and life savings. The people of the town lost their trust in the justice system, or in their fellow citizens. [...]

Abraham Lincoln,Thanksgiving, and the First Amendment

Over at the Heritage Foundation’s blog, The Daily Signal, I have a piece arguing that the longstanding tradition of presidential proclamations of thanksgiving challenges the contemporary theory that holds that there must be “strict separation of church and state.”  Here is a key passage: In his 1864 announcement Lincoln credited “Almighty God” with the preservation [...]


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