Category Archives: Law

God, America, and Rights

What is the source of our rights?  Do they come from God?  Or are they merely a product of human agreement. This is, admittedly, a difficult philosophical question.  It is not, however, a difficult historical question for an American.  Or at least it is not supposed to be.  The Declaration of Independence states unequivocally that […]

Alexander Hamilton and the Health Care Challenge

The founders are almost always relevant, even to our most up to date concerns.  This is true not because they could anticipate all those concerns, but because they had thought through principles that often apply to a wide variety of concerns, at whatever time.  This is especially the case when the concerns take the form […]

Judicial Lawlessness in Alabama

At this moment, Alabama is in a state of legal and judicial disarray.  A federal judge has declared the state’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutional, and in response the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has held that the ruling is not actually binding and […]

Profiles in Cowardice

The headline of Congressman Tim Ryan’s (D-OH) recent op-ed is: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion.” If that doesn’t give away the ending, this line from the second paragraph pretty much seals it: “My faith is important to me, and like many Catholics I strive to adhere to its principles, especially one of the […]

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 […]


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