Expanding the Secular Square

From First Thoughts

There has been a lot of thoughtful commentary on the HHS Mandate the last couple of weeks.  Ross Douthat and Yuval Levin argue that Obama levels the ‘little platoons’ of civil society in favor of expanding the power of the state.  Here is Levin: “In this arena, as in a . . . . Continue Reading »

Living Lite in a Liberal Democracy

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Clifford Orwin discusses here how liberal democracy is officially neutral towards all ways of life.  Each individual is free to put into practice whatever worldview he subscribes to.  Justice Kennedy confirms this view in Casey v. Planned Parenthood when he says an individual is free to . . . . Continue Reading »

United Financially We Stand

From First Thoughts

The following musing is the result of rereading a very old speech while listening to current events on the radio: George Washington’s Farewell Address is concerned with national unity: “The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride . . . . Continue Reading »

JPII on US

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The film Nine Days That Changed The World is about JPII’s pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 while it was still under the Soviet Union’s control.  It documents the uproar his visit caused and how fragile the Communist hold over that country really was.  His stay sparked the Solidarity . . . . Continue Reading »

What comes first?

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John B. Kienker, managing editor of Claremont Review of Books, has a positive review of Peter’s Modern and American Dignity in the June/July issue of First Things.  He concludes the piece with this friendly criticism: Ultimately, however, Lawler finds mere political . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage for Savages

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Ross Douthat’s Op-ed The Future of Gay Marriage discusses Dan Savage’s call for Open Marriage .  Savage’s suggestion  that we legitimate infidelity poses the following question for Sophisticated Americans: If the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage as heterosexual is . . . . Continue Reading »