Imagine No Opposition; It’s Easy If You Try

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace --John Lennon, “Imagine” (1971)The late John Lennon implied in this famous tune that utopia requires the absence of real human differences and firm convictions, as if the communities, beliefs, and civil societies that arise from a free people are the enemy rat … [Read more...]

The President, Jesus, and the Golden Rule

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: President Barack Obama just announced his support for same-sex “marriage”in an interview with ABC reporter Robin Roberts. In explaining his reasoning, the president offered this theological reflection:"[Y]ou know… we [the First Lady and I] are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the … [Read more...]

Even the President of the United States Sometimes Must Have to Stand Naked

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From Adam White over at The Weekly Standard: Last week, President Obama clumsily announced that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to strike down "a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." This week, his words are already having an effect in the courts—but not the effect he hoped for. Yesterday, in another case challenging Obamacare, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered Justice Department lawyers for a briefing on whether … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Kosher Deli: Bishop Lori’s Statement to the House Committee on Oversight regarding Religious Freedom

I anticipate the bishop's analogy in my October 14, 2011 Catholic Thing essay, "President Obama: Ex-Liberal." Here is the text of Bishop Lori's statement: … [Read more...]

We Are All Imbeciles Now: The HHS Regulations and the Specter of Buck v. Bell

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That's the title of a piece I published earlier this week over at Bench Memos on National Review Online. Here's how it begins: In the 1927 case Buck v. Bell, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Virginia statute that allowed the “superintendent of certain institutions” to order the sterilizations of “feeble-minded” persons who were under the care of these state institutions, if the superintendent“shall be of opinion that it is for the best interests of the patients and of society that an inmate under … [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 Right Not to Do Wrong and the Politics of Ruse: Matthew Franck on the HHS “accommodation”

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Over at Public Discourse, Matthew J. Franck, the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution of the Witherspoon Institute, has published a clear and informative account of why President Obama's HHS accommodation is deeply flawed. What I like about Franck's essay is that he addresses some of the objections raised by some defenders of the accommodations on this blog and elsewhere.  Here's an excerpt: As I say, non-religious Americans will not be able to c … [Read more...]

A Lesson on Rhetoric from the “West Wing”

President Obama should hire Rob Lowe's character as a speech writer. … [Read more...]


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