The War Over Graduation

From First Thoughts

There was a time when those of us who paid attention to the First Amendment religion clauses could find a lot of grist for our mills in judicial battles over public holiday—er, Christmas—displays. That particular front in our so-called culture war has died down a bit, only to be . . . . Continue Reading »

Is This an Easter Sermon?

From First Thoughts

Easter Sunday, the Obama family worshipped at St. John’s Church , across Lafayette Square from the White House. The audio recording of the sermon is not yet available on the church’s website, but you can read the press summary here . It seems in some way to be addressed to those . . . . Continue Reading »

Sola Scriptura and Immigration Reform

From First Thoughts

This somewhat misleadingly headlined Washington Post article takes note of an effort among Evangelicals (not all of whom are conservative) and other religious folks to participate in the current conversation about immigration reform. It focuses on this relatively new organization , whose membership . . . . Continue Reading »

The Economics of the Family

From First Thoughts

I am currently, as I’ve noted before , teaching a course on the family in political thought. This past week, we discussed Tocqueville; after Spring Break, we’ll tackle Hegel, Mill, and that book about marriage whose title I can’t recall . From time to time, I’ll also pass . . . . Continue Reading »

Big Government and Big Neuroscience

From First Thoughts

This post raises all sorts of interesting questions about President Obama’s proposal in his State of the Union Address to fund a project to map the human brain , a Human Neuron Project, if you will. I’ll focus on this one: If the research succeeded, it might result in better prosthetics . . . . Continue Reading »

A Belated Christmas Present

From First Thoughts

I have long followed and commented on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s efforts to banish all religious references from the public square. Well, they just lost one , when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the City of Warren’s refusal to include an FFRF message disparaging . . . . Continue Reading »