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Catholic Bishops Must Change Health-Care Strategy Before It’s Too Late

The lobbying strategy of the Catholic bishops in the health-care debate thus far has been one of qualified support. We support the health-care reform bill, the bishops argue, as long as it does not contain abortion funding and provides conscience protection for health-care workers. The only help the bishops have received in their effort is [...]

Does our foreign policy have a “God Gap”?

Now this is interesting: American foreign policy is handicapped by a narrow, ill-informed and "uncompromising Western secularism" that feeds religious extremism, threatens traditional cultures and fails to encourage religious groups that promote peace and human rights, according to a two-year study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The council's 32-member task force, which included [...]

Why Is the Obama Administration Going Soft on Iran Sanctions?

Hilary Clinton's recent comments on Iran sanctions have disappointed the dozen conservative Christian leaders who signed two letters to Congress last year (on September 24 and December 14) expressing support for the House bill intended to stop the rogue nation's nuclear program. The bill, which passed 412 t0 12, would have authorized the White House [...]

The Problems with Government-Run Health Care

  As the White House backs away from the so-called public option in health-care reform, Catholic experts are hopeful that the proposed government control of the nation's medical care will be put aside. They argue that rejecting the public option will better serve a culture of life, maintain the present high quality of health care, [...]

Why Catholics Will Not Get Abortion Out of the Health Care Bill

    The Congress and the White House have little to fear from the bishops' official statements opposing the abortion provisions in the health care bill. Unlike with President Barack Obama's appearance at Notre Dame, there is no chorus of bishops' voices rising in protest against the bill; most of the Catholics in Congress support [...]

The Basement of the Culture of Death

    With a pro-abortion president in the White House, new sub-groups in the broader "culture of death" are coming into view. One of them is dark, indeed.   Take two recent events: Dr. George Tiller is compared to Martin Luther King, Jr. The president of Catholics for Choice attacks a political appointee, Alexia Kelley, [...]

The Dangerous Politics of the Sotomayor Nomination

There are many ways to play the game of politics in America. Two of the most time-honored are the race/ethnic game and the ideological game. That is, you can play politics by making an appeal to certain ethnic/racial groups or by appealing to certain ideological groups. In 2008, the brilliant Obama campaign strategy combined both [...]

Is the “Jewish State” Another Obstacle to the Peace Process?

  In Monday's meeting at the White House, President Barack Obama strongly urged Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reopen the peace process toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Obama also told Netanyahu, with surprising bluntness, "Settlements have to be stopped." The response from Netanyahu was ambiguous. At first he said he would pursue [...]

Racial Prejudice in the 2008 Campaign

Racism has raised its ugly head in the presidential campaign. More exactly, talk about racism has raised its ugly head. Given that it's a Democratic year -- or, at least, should be a Democratic year -- the difficult question has presented itself: Why isn't Sen. Barack Obama way ahead of Sen. John McCain in the [...]

Bill-and-Hill vs. Obama

Freud once asked, "What do women want?" And he found it a difficult question to answer. Let's narrow the question down to a particular woman, and we'll find the question somewhat easier: "What does Hillary want?" And while we're at it, we may as well add: "What does Bill want?" -- for of course they [...]

Obama Flunks Rick Warren’s Abortion Question

Here's a truism: If you're running for President, don't answer a question by saying, "That's above my pay grade." After all, if you want to occupy the White House, there is no higher pay grade. You are the boss, and the buck stops with you. But Barack Obama used precisely that expression when asked by [...]

Embracing Il Papa

  Stretching from the Southeast gate of the White House around the corner to Constitution Avenue, a line of people from as far away as California began forming at 7:00AM yesterday. They were among the 12,000 people who greeted Pope Benedict XVI on the South Lawn of the White House at his official welcome after [...]

Birthday at the White House

It was the biggest event in the history of the White House, with over 13,000 people forming a line that snaked for over a quarter of a mile down 15th Street and onto Constitution Avenue. Benedict XVI was in town, and President George W. Bush was giving him his 81st birthday party on the South [...]

The Axe Bowen Incident

I've learned that there's a difference sometimes in what President Reagan says and what he does on social issues…. He'll speak against abortion when the marchers are here, but he doesn't go all out. How many times, when we're voting on a critical abortion issue, has he said, 'I've got to have this one,' as [...]