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    July 4, 2012

    Religious Liberty and Its Contemporary Enemies

    by George Weigel

    Independence Day concludes the Fortnight for Freedom mandated by the U.S. bishops, a two-week period of reflection and prayer on the defense of religious liberty that began on the vigil of the liturgical memorial of St. Thomas More. In July…

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    July 3, 2012

    Roberts’ Decision

    by Mike Rappapport

    This article orignally appeared at Library of Law and Liberty I had been writing a post speculating on why John Roberts might have joined the progressives to uphold Obamacare in the Sebelius case when I came upon the story by…

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    July 2, 2012

    Religious Freedom: Use it or Lose It

    by Dwight Duncan

    Do you assume America is a free country? Do you assume religious freedom is guaranteed in America? Most of us learned that in school and have taken it for granted ever since. In other countries people might have to worry…

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    June 29, 2012


    by Ronan Wright

    Set twenty-seven years before the events of Ridley Scott’s 1979 iconic sci-fi thriller, Alien, Prometheus sees a team of scientists, employed by the sinister Weyland-Yutani Corporation; accept an ancient invitation from a mysterious star map which appears to promise the…

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    June 28, 2012

    Pictures in a Cave

    by Carolyn Moynihan

    To one who has seldom given a thought to cavemen as a popular category, let alone to their proper scientific classification, last week’s news that they were painting pictures on cave walls more than 40,000 years ago required some intensive…

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    June 27, 2012

    Social Justice Priorities: Life and Religious Liberty

    by George Weigel

    At this critical moment in history, there are two social justice priorities for the Catholic Church in the United States: the defense of life at all stages and in all conditions, and the defense of religious freedom for all. During…

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    June 26, 2012

    The Question of More or Less Government

    by Mark W. Hendrickson

    Theoretically, the elemental political choice in a democratic system is between more government or less—more government control over our lives and livelihood, or less; more government spending and programs than the year before, or less; more government power, or less….

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    June 25, 2012

    The Queens English No More

    by Carolyn Moynihan

    On the last day of June a sad event in the long and noble history of the English language is scheduled to take place: the Queen’s English Society will formally be wound up. Forty years of trying to raise the…

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    June 22, 2012

    Children of Same Sex Couples

    by Michael Cook

    Kids thrive in families with same-sex parents. This is beyond serious debate. The science says so. Get over it. Denying this self-evident truth has become tantamount to homophobia. In 2010 a Florida court, the Third District Court of Appeal, was…

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    June 21, 2012

    Doomed Unless We Get Some Global Leadership (and Condoms)

    by Marcus Roberts

    Another day, another doomsday prediction. Having said that, the Mayan end-of-the-world thing in 2012 seems to have gone quiet. Almost like people realized that all that 2012-bruhaha was rubbish (the movie and the predictions).  But this doomsday scenario is less…

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    June 20, 2012

    Light from the South

    by George Weigel

    Prior to an April visit to Argentina, I read the “Aparecida Document,” the final report of the Fifth General Assembly of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM), which was held in Brazil in 2007. This master plan…

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    June 19, 2012

    Chaos On the Streets of Montreal

    by Margaret Somerville

    Like many cities around the world last summer, Montreal saw “Occupy Montreal” protests, with people taking over and camping in downtown spaces. These protests abated during our harsh winter months, but February saw a new protest theme emerge with students…

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    June 18, 2012

    A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

    by Paul Kengor

    When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find something nice about dads—often heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a doctor or Marine who stormed the beaches of Normandy, there is a…

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    June 15, 2012

    Peaceful Scottish Secession in the Works

    by Melancton Smith

    News reports inform us that members of the Scottish Parliament have for the first time voted in favor of Scotland becoming independent. Here is a snippet from the Stornoway Gazette: First Minister Alex Salmond hailed the vote, by 69 to…

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    June 14, 2012

    Moving the Goalposts on the Defense of Marriage Act

    by James S. Cole

    It does not bode well for the rule of law when the standards for determining whether a statute is constitutional change from case to case. Justices Kennedy, Souter, and O’Connor of the US Supreme Court once wrote, “Liberty finds no…

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    June 13, 2012

    The Nation’s Top “Progressives”

    by Paul Kengor

    The left-leaning magazine The Nation has published a list of what it deems America’s all-time, most influential progressives. The list, which you can review for yourself, is very revealing. For starters, it’s fascinating that The Nation leads with Eugene Debs…

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    June 12, 2012

    Can Ireland Save Civilization…Again?

    by Sheila Gribben Liaugminas

    During the Dark Ages, the heritage of Western civilization would have been lost if not for heroic men and women of unconquered Ireland. Times are pretty dark right now in the West, and Ireland once again remains unfallen to anti-life…

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    June 11, 2012

    Conservatism is Not an Ideology

    by Bradley Birzer

    Russell Kirk deserves special attention on the topic of ideologies. In his twenty-nine books on politics, history, constitutional law, literature, social criticism, economics, and fiction, the legacy of the French Revolution and the loosening of the ideologues upon the world…

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    June 7, 2012

    How Government Policy Hurts the Homeless

    by Tracy Miller

    During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems…

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    June 6, 2012

    The Significance of D-Day

    by Marvin J. Folkertsma

    At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into a terrifying blackness that was…

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    June 5, 2012

    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton?

    by Zac Alstin

    It is a cliché of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. There’s only room for one Life of the Party and we feel a twinge of antagonism toward anyone…

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