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    April 22, 2014

    Catholics Must Reject Elite Discourse

    by James Kalb

    It seems that Catholics have been getting nowhere in the public square lately. The problem is not just losing ground on this issue or that, but an increasing inability to get our issues recognized as real and legitimate. That’s true…

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    April 21, 2014

    A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing

    by William Kilpatrick

    Question:  What does Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist organization, have in common with Western educators?  Answer:  Both think that Western education is sinful.  Fortunately, Western educators will not burn down your church or school with you inside as Boko Haram…

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    April 18, 2014

    Victory for Life in Colorado

    by Terry Polakovic

     “It is from the blood of Christ that all draw the strength to commit themselves to promoting life.” — Blessed John Paul II (1995) John Paul’s statement was borne out in a poignant way this week, as men and women…

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    April 16, 2014

    “Equal Pay” Mendacity Harms Women

    by Rachel Lu

    The Democrats made some waves last week with their proposed “Paycheck Fairness” legislation, purportedly designed to ensure that men and women get equal pay for equal work. It was heartening to see this rhetoric mostly fall flat. When the Democrats…

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    April 11, 2014

    More on Presidential Power as Rescuer: A Rejoinder

    by Stephen M. Krason

    Joe Hargrave’s response in Crisis to my article “Presidential Power: A Rescuer, Not a Nemesis” was thoughtful, but contained certain problematical assertions. The first was his suggestion that my call for a new American Cincinnatus—an utterly virtuous, capable, and self-limiting…

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    April 10, 2014

    Catholic Schools Pressed to Give Up Morality

    by Anne Hendershott

    After decades of well-documented dissent on many Catholic college campuses over Church teachings on abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage, a new front in the Catholic culture wars has opened on Catholic K-12 campuses as increasing numbers of gay and…

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    April 8, 2014

    Fatal Attraction: The Church and Multiculturalism

    by William Kilpatrick

    As any number of observers have pointed out, multiculturalism is the Trojan Horse by which militant Islam entered the West.  The spread of the more extreme manifestations of Islam only became possible when the West capitulated to the doctrine that…

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    April 7, 2014

    Blind Resentment: The Origins of Anti-Catholicism Today

    by R. J. Snell

    In a US News and World Report essay that has been widely denounced as incoherent, poorly researched, and bigoted, Jamie Stiehm recently reproached Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her “clear religious bias” in dropping “the ball on American women and girls”…

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    April 4, 2014

    Lenten Meditations on Politics

    by James Kalb

    Lent is a time of personal transformation, so it is a time of inwardness. It nonetheless has an outward-turning aspect. Man is social, and God is other than ourselves, so in addition to fasting to help us put our attachments…

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    April 3, 2014

    Selective News Coverage of Islamic Terrorism

    by William Kilpatrick

    According to Reporters Without Borders, the U.S. has dropped to 46th place in press freedom.  The lowered ranking was based on the conviction of the WikiLeaks informant, the effort to punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and the Justice Department’s monitoring…

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    April 2, 2014

    When the Government Takes Your Children

    by Stephen M. Krason

    Many people who have followed the Justina Pelletier case—largely ignored by the mainstream media, by the way—have thought that there has to be more to it, or that it’s an outrageous out-of-the-ordinary affair. This is the case where the Massachusetts…

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    March 31, 2014

    The Peril of Total Political Disengagement

    by Rachel Lu

    In a recent column, I argued that Catholics should willingly lend political support to the Republican Party. The focus of that piece was on the contention that there is no particular principle on which the Republican Party and the Church…

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    March 28, 2014

    Who is the Hate Group?

    by Austin Ruse

    Some leftwing activists say I run a hate group. They imply we are no better than the KKK or skin-head groups that want to blow up buildings and kill minorities. They want all Americans to be frightened of us. We…

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    March 28, 2014

    “Un-deporting” Homeschoolers: Thanks for Nothing?

    by Bruce Frohnen

    So, the Obama Administration has decided not to deport the Romeike family after all. You may recall that the Romeikes are the Christian family from Germany that sought to homeschool their children in their homeland. The German government sent the…

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    March 27, 2014

    Is There a “Right” to Birth Control?

    by Joe Hargrave

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday from opposing legal counsel on the HHS contraception mandate cases. The media consensus appears to be that the justices were hard on the mandate and appear likely to issue a narrow ruling…

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    March 20, 2014

    Double Trouble: The Leftist Threat and the Islamist Threat

    by William Kilpatrick

    I am sometimes criticized for focusing too much on the Islamic threat to the West and not paying enough attention to the more immediate threat from the political left.  One of the reasons I concentrate on the former is that…

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    March 18, 2014

    Catholicism and Republicanism: More Than Compatible

    by Timothy J. Gordon

    Each electoral cycle, nearly six out of every ten American Catholics cast the ghastly vote of the libertine.  As such, one can only assume that the ideas and “lifestyles” emblazoned by these six out of ten votes follow faithfully (tongue…

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    March 17, 2014

    Gay Activists Target St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    by Matthew Hennessey

    If you’ve never been to the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, better put it on your calendar for next year. That is, if there is a next year. Time could be running out on the world’s biggest…

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    March 13, 2014

    Euthanasia Brings End to Belgian Monarchy

    by Marie Meaney

    There has been no coup, no abdication, no revolution. It is an event that has gone largely unnoticed. The media have hardly spoken about it. Yet it is a reality. The monarchy in Belgium is done with, over, kaput. The…

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