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    Yesterday, Crisis published a piece by Stephen M. Krason in which he argues that “the strong exertion of presidential power may be the best way after Obama to restore liberty and begin to mend the social fabric whose erosion has…

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    Obama’s “Right to Worship” Ushers in New State Religion

    by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

    The constitutions or laws of many nations provide for what is called “religious liberty.” In practice, this liberty is under severe restrictions in numerous countries, if it exists at all. The fact is that no one can really talk about…

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    Can a Generation Own the Earth?

    by Bruce Frohnen

    “The earth belongs always to the living generation.” These are not Thomas Jefferson’s most famous words, but they are quite famous among students of politics. They have been used for generations to justify radical political change. And, like the soaring…

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    Cultural Amnesia and the Separation of Church and State

    by Bruce Frohnen

    One of the sadder aspects of Christmastime in America is the display of ignorance on the part of so many Americans regarding the constitutional tradition of our country.  Why at Christmas? Because it is at this time of year that…

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    For Liberals, Religious Freedom Means Freedom from Religion

    by Thomas Fleming

    As the presidential campaign came to a close, religious questions sneaked surreptitiously into the national debate.  The Democrats had an easy target: Governor Romney’s unusual religious affiliation, though since few Democrats know anything about any religion, particularly Christianity, they found…

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    The Shores of Tripoli: The Libyan Tragedy and Our Historically Challenged President

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    In a frequently misquoted line from the Life of Reason, George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Cultural amnesia, helpless or deliberate, does enable people to rewrite history without compunction, and it also…

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