Category Archives: Politics

Bishop Conley: Thomas More Teaches Us How to Fight For Religious Freedom

With religious freedom under increasing threat by the federal government, Catholics in America today “face serious crises of conscience,” said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln in a recent column for his diocesan newspaper. “Our federal government increasingly serves a secular agenda, and is increasingly intolerant of human life, the human family, and human dignity.  The [...]

Teacher Tenure and Judicial Activism

This week a California court ruled that teacher tenure violated the state constitution by harming the educational opportunities of disadvantaged children.  Already, some conservative activists and commentators (and some non-conservative ones, too) are praising this as a great step, and encouraging similar lawsuits in other states.  This is, I think, a mistake. First, one should [...]

Can the President Pardon Illegal Immigrants?

At Powerline, Steven Hayward floats the provocative suggestion that President Obama might issue a blanket pardon for illegal immigrants as a way of goading the Republicans into impeaching him–a fight that, on Hayward’s account, the president might relish.  Hayward suggests that such an act would be within the president’s constitutional authority, but also an abuse [...]

Black Pastors: If Gay Marriage Wins, Martin Luther King Died in Vain

  If President Obama was expecting full support from the black community for his relentless push for gay marriage, he just got a loud and clear response: No way. At a recent rally, a large group of black pastors voiced their strong opposition to gay marriage. The rally was held against the backdrop of the [...]

Rubio: “The science is settled…life begins at conception.”

Two weeks ago, the Senator Marco Rubio told ABC’s “This Week” that he believe that climate is changing–it’s always changing–but he’s skeptical of both the certitude of some scientists about the causes and scope of that change as well as many of the more radical policies proposed to address climate change. Predictably, the Left rushed to [...]

Premature Talk of Surrender on Marriage

Some suggest that conservatives should or will surrender in the current contest over the meaning of marriage.  Such suggestions are premature, I argue in an article at Public Discourse.  I think that for both principled and pragmatic reasons we should not expect to see the conservative movement giving up on this issue any time soon. [...]

Boko Haram and “Extrajudicial Killing”

The Washington Post has an editorial on Nigeria’s efforts to deal with the Boko Haram kidnappings.  Besides condemning these heinous acts, it also complains about the approach to the problem by the government of Nigeria.  Among other things, it notes that the government has, according to human rights groups, resorted to “extrajudicial killings.” I have [...]

John Paul II, Abortion, and Democracy

Pope John Paul II–who will be canonized this Sunday–is well known as a strong critic of abortion.  Less well known, although still worthy of our attention, is his argument about the relationship between abortion and democracy. That argument is noteworthy in the first place just because it was made at all.  John Paul II understood [...]


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