Diversity and Toleration

From First Thoughts

President Obama has been tireless in speaking about and promoting religious tolerance.  Our religious diversity, he contends, is a source of our strength, so long as we act in accordance with our heritage of religious toleration.  Here’s how he put it in his Inaugural Address : . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court

From First Thoughts

In an important article , Allan Hertzke reflects on the threats to religious liberty in the aftermath of the CLS v. Martinez decision. While he admires Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in that case, he wonders if we are not now reaping what Scalia sowed back in 1990, with his opinion for the . . . . Continue Reading »

Moderating Patriotism

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Conservatism pairs God and country, observes the legendary Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., while cosmopolitan liberalism chooses “universal empathy rather than patriotism and human rights or humanity rather than God.” The cosmopolitan liberal pairing is perhaps more consistent than its conservative counterpart… . Continue Reading »

Pervasively Unconstitutional

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In an important decision handed down last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuked Colorado for its handling of a number of state scholarships programs. The court found that the state unconstitutionally discriminated against students attending Colorado Christian University (CCU) and Naropa . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama’s Faith Base

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The other day, I visited with my father-in-law and watched the television news¯something I rarely do, but a good way of catching up with the conventional wisdom about current events. From the talking heads, I learned that Barack Obama is doing what every conventionally smart candidate does . . . . Continue Reading »