What Reagan Can Teach Romney and Santorum

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That's the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: American Conservative politicians are at a rhetorical disadvantage running for national office, not only because the national media are largely liberal. Our cultural vocabulary is infused with liberal assumptions. For this reason, many of us who largely agree with social and economic conservatism cringe when we listen to conservative politicians either struggling to convey a conservative answer without giving … [Read more...]

Read All About It!: President Obama to exempt religious organizations..[+Update]

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from the list of tax-exempt non-profits that a citizen can work for in order to have the government forgive the student's college loan. Read all about in the Washington Post On Faith blog. Here's an excerpt: Are clergy and teachers of religious faith/thought public servants? Is their work on par with that of others who work for 501c3 non-for-profit groups and for government agencies? It used to be, but as of January 31st, the federal government has changed its mind about that.Although not … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws

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That's the title of a well-reasoned article published in the March 2012 issue of First Things.  Authored by the University of St. Thomas Law School professor Robert K. Vischer, here's how it begins: The law in several states now requires pro-life pharmacists to dispense the morning-after pill, Christian adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples, and religious entities to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. The list of such violations of religious freedom keeps growing, al … [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal: Birth-Control Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal

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David Rivkin and Ed Whelan write in the Wall Street Journal (15 February 2012): Last Friday, the White House announced that it would revise the controversial ObamaCare birth-control mandate to address religious-liberty concerns. Its proposed modifications are a farce.The Department of Health and Human Services would still require employers with religious objections to select an insurance company to provide contraceptives and drugs that induce abortions to its employees. The employers … [Read more...]

Two Key Questions that Unlock the HHS “compromise” debate

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Do religious-based organizations, such as Catholic hospitals and universities, and businesses owned by devout religious believers including Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims, have the right under Obamacare to negotiate an agreement with an insurance company so that the insurance policy the employer offers to its employees does not include contraception, abortion, sterilization, etc.? Does an entrepreneur under Obamacare have a right to create an insurance company that in fact … [Read more...]

HHS mandate UNACCEPTABLE!: list of signatories grows on the Snead, Glendon, George, Garvey, and Levin letter

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(HT: K-Lo at NRO)I mentioned, and republished, this letter two days ago on this blog when it contained only the signatures of its original signatories.  The Becket Fund has now published the letter as a pdf online.  You can get it here. But, as my fellow patheos blogger K-Lo states, "keep an eye here ... for periodic updates on the letter on the mandate Notre Dame’s Carter Snead has been organizing since Friday. It is an impressive list.. and still growing." I am proud to have placed my own n … [Read more...]

USCCB Response to HHS “Compromise”: Unacceptable

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Here's the text:Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty February 10, 2012 Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement: The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in t … [Read more...]

Not a Good Argument for the HHS Birth Control Mandate

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In response to the new HHS regulations, about which I have written several entries (see below), some have responded by pointing out that most Catholics practice birth control in defiance of the teachings of their Church. I've got news for you: Catholics also commit adultery, lie, cheat, steal, and sometimes even become Protestant. I suspect that there are also Mormons who drink coffee, Orthodox Jews who sneak bacon bits on their salads, and Southern Baptists who make the occasional visit to … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood’s Hostages

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That's the title of a piece that was published in this morning's Wall Street Journal. It is authored by two friends of mine, Robert P. George and O. Carter Snead. Robby is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Carter is professor of law and the incoming director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. You can read it here. … [Read more...]


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