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    Those Intolerable Catholics – In Locke’s Time and Ours

    by R. J. Snell

    Often touted as a landmark text in the history of religious freedom, John Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) is remarkable in wisely limiting the power of “the magistrate … to do or meddle with nothing but barely in order to…

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    What GLAAD and Muslim Extremists Have in Common

    by William Kilpatrick

    GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation. The OIC is the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, a 56-state organization which constitutes the largest voting bloc in the UN. At first glance, the two groups would not seem to…

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    The Philosophical Basis for Religious Liberty

    by Michel Therrien

    Religious Liberty has been on our minds a lot lately. The HHS mandate, same-sex marriage initiatives, and recently, the Duck Dynasty controversy with television network A&E, have put the issue squarely before us. In late December, CNA published an article…

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    Do All Religions Deserve Respect?

    by Joseph G. Trabbic

    The Obama administration’s war on Catholics will continue into 2014 as many courageous Catholic institutions in the U.S. maintain their resistance to its encroachment on their religious freedom through the H.H.S. mandate. In light of this, we can expect that…

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    Catholics Will Likely Relive Past Persecutions

    by James Kalb

    Man is a social being and doesn’t invent his own world. To orient himself and understand what his life is about he has to find his proper place, which is an order of things where he can feel at home…

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    Quotas for Transsexuals: What ENDA Portends

    by Austin Ruse

    A man dressed as a woman entered a women’s locker-room at a college in Washington State. This locker-room at Evergreen State College is used not just by co-eds but also by little girls who use the college for programs. In…

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    Using Public Information to Protect Religious Liberty

    by Brian Simboli

    The government has tremendous power to obtain information about the citizenry. The latter, however,  often has difficulty obtaining information about government activity. This “information asymmetry” threatens the continued exercise of religious freedom. To address this problem, religious freedom advocates must…

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    Gay Persecution of Christians: The Latest Evidence

    by Stephen Beale

    After six years and hundreds of celebratory confections, it wasn’t the economy, the stiff competition, financing, or any of the other usual road bumps of building a new business that caused Sweet Cakes by Melissa—a husband-and-wife bakery in Portland, Oregon…

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    Where Have You Gone, Joe McCarthy?

    by Anthony Esolen

    The mayor of San Antonio glares down at the electrician, who is bidding for a contract to wire some new public offices. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Roman Catholic Church?” The electrician looks…

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    A Foreign View of the HHS Mandate

    by William Newton

    Perhaps it is because I am a European living in Europe and, thereby, not so entangled in the HHS mandate issue (and have less to lose) that I cannot understand the thinking that surrounds the response of some Catholics in…

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    Want Religious Liberty? Live Your Faith

    by Arland K. Nichols

    From the standpoint of Catholicism there is no more important right than religious liberty. It is the first of our freedoms. As Catholics, we cherish religious liberty because we have been made by God and for God—our hearts are restless,…

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    The Challenge of Defending the Normal

    by Dale Ahlquist

    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have…

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    The Church’s Growing Role: Oppose Anarchy & Totalitarianism

    by James Kalb

    Is the world getting better or worse? It’s an important question, since the value of current social policy depends on the answer. Ordinary people tend to see current tendencies as a problem, but opinion leaders are more likely to discredit…

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    Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up

    by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

     “IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups—especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names—for extra scrutiny when they sought non-profit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting…

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    Assessing Vatican II: A Response to My Critics

    by Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap

    It’s ironic to me that my recent article, “Fifty Years Later—Vatican II’s Unfinished Business,” has provoked anger among many traditionalists, because for most of my priesthood I have angered liberals who consider me an arch traditionalist. Nevertheless I want to…

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    The Religion of Liberalism & the New Heretics

    by James Hitchcock

    The most astonishing fact about contemporary American politics—that there is not a single Protestant on the Supreme Court, while there are six Catholics—goes largely unremarked, even though on the surface it seems to fulfill the most dire predictions made at…

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    Onward, De-Christianized Soldiers

    by George Neumayr

    The liberationist philosophy underpinning Obama’s co-ed, gay-friendly military holds, on the one hand, that sexuality is inherently fixed and thus beyond the control of individuals, and on the other that sexuality is subject to re-shaping “through changes in culture.” The…

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    Feminists Attack But the Meek Will Conquer

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

    Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard was participating in a debate on blasphemy at the Free University of Brussels on April 23rd when he became the target of a blasphemy. Four topless women emerged from the attendees and mobbed the prelate, dousing…

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    The Slide Toward State Control

    by Donald DeMarco

    During his Apostolic Visit to the United States, on April 16, 2008, which was also his birthday, Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the White House by President George W. Bush.  The Pope expressed the hope that his visit would…

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    Our First Right: Religious Liberty

    by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

     Editor’s note: The following remarks by Archbishop Charles Chaput were submitted to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and published March 25, 2013 on Public Discourse. My remarks today are purely my own. But they’re shaped by twenty-five years…

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