Category Archives: Politics

Did Notre Dame Just Go Off the Cliff?

Despite its ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration over its employee health care plan, the University of Notre Dame’s student insurance plan will cover contraceptives and abortifacients. This is bad news.  Really bad. And for a lot of people holding out hope for, or actively working for, the renewal of Catholic identity at Notre Dame, [...]

Five Ways Gay Marriage Affects You Personally–Even If You’re Not Gay or Married

One of the favorite arguments of libertarians and liberals alike when it comes to the debate over redefining the institution of marriage is that when two consenting adults pledge their lives to each other it does not affect anyone else. The assertion that government recognition of same-sex marriage for someone else does not diminish your [...]

Kennedy Worship and Celebrity Priests: Peeling ‘The Onion’ of Cults of Personality

There’s a wickedly clever piece from the satire site “The Onion” circulating around called “FBI Raids Kennedy Fundamentalist Compound.” Click here to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt: “‘At approximately 4:15 a.m., federal agents entered the Kennedy premises, apprehending numerous individuals and charging them with multiple counts of attempting to infiltrate the government [...]

Contra Mark Shea on a Begging Ordinance

Over at the National Catholic Register, Mark Shea has a piece entitled “Against Punishing the Poor.”  It criticizes city officials of Norton Shores, Michigan, for considering amendments to two ordinances in order to limit soliciting money at traffic intersections and other locations.  Although Shea is right about the importance of helping the poor–who can argue [...]

Fail: Pro-Abortion Twitter Challenge Goes “Viral”…Except It Doesn’t

  Wow, this was really pathetic. Pro-abortion activist Andrea Grimes, a political reporter at “reproductive justice” site RH Reality Check, must have thought she was pretty clever when she came up with the Taco Beer Abortion Challenge. Apparently thinking she could take advantage of the recent Ice Bucket Challenge that has conquered the Internet and [...]

Obamacare: Text and Intention

I have a piece at Public Discourse on the debate over the recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  This challenge is not constitutional in its nature, but is instead based on the wording of the statute.  The challenge holds that some subsidies the administration is paying out are not really authorized by the [...]

Hard to win in Montana if you mock God, guns, and the family

Imagine you’re running for office and you decide to attack Christians, pro-family activists, and gun owners. Now imagine you’re running for Senate in Montana. Yup, that’s Amanda Curtis, who the Democrats nominated for the Senate race (in wake of Sen. John Walsh’s plagiarism scandal). I will allow for the fact that she is likely merely [...]

America Needs the Obama They Voted For, Not the One They Got

What America needs in a president right now is an inspirational civil-rights figure, peace leader and health-care champion. Why is it that we don’t have that? The headlines of the past summer are tragic, but they are also centered around issues that play to the strengths voters were looking for when they chose Barack Obama. [...]

Who Deserves Respect?

The week before last, Ryan Anderson (of the Witherspoon Institute and the Heritage Foundation) got into a revealing and troubling exchange with Josh Barro (of the New York Times).  Barro openly stated in this debate that some people do not deserve respect, based on the opinions they hold. Rebecca Teti blogged about this last week [...]


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