Job Opening in Spain

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Former First Things assistant editor John Rose has spent the past year living in Spain while working for a think-tank there. He’s headed to Duke Divinity School in the fall, and his employer is looking for a replacement. Young readers of First Things might want to consider applying: The . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Gay Rights vs. Religious Rights

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I’m not sure that Jody is correct to say that “At this point, it appears the question isn’t whether same-sex marriage is going to be imposed on the nation by the courts—but how far the demand for acquiescence from the rest of us is going to be pushed.” The majority of . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Same Sex Marriage

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Marc Stern, general counsel of the American Jewish Congress, has a good column in the L.A. Times today. He concludes: “If past rulings are any guide, it is religious rights that are likely to be “obliterated” by an emerging popular majority supporting same-sex relationships — . . . . Continue Reading »

What Gay Marriage Is All About

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According to Maggie Gallagher, it’s not about marriage nor is it about Adam and Steve. In a nice article on NRO today , Maggie explains. Here’s her ending: Here’s the conclusion I’ve come to after four-plus years of active participation in the same-sex-marriage debate: Gay . . . . Continue Reading »

Russert’s Faith

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Jon Meacham has a nice obituary on Tim Russert that focuses particularly on Russert’s faith. If Jody Bottum’s Swallows thesis is correct, I fear that the American Catholic Church won’t be producing another Russert for a long time. . . . . Continue Reading »

Honoring Thy Fathers

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I’ve been at Princeton for the past couple of days attending a seminar on social science and gender, marriage, and sex . It’s sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute and directed by a young star sociologist at the University of Virginia, Brad Wilcox. In today’s Wall Street Journal . . . . Continue Reading »

The Catholic Thing

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A portion of what we do at First Things is the Catholic thing, but obviously it’s also the Protestant thing, the Jewish thing, and the Islamic thing, too. But a new web-zine has just been launched focusing on—and appropriately titled— The Catholic Thing . You’ve probably . . . . Continue Reading »

A Reader Sends Along the Following

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A reader sent this along: THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN LAS VEGAS, BUT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS. NOT SURPRISINGLY, SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES WILL GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED. SINCE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Human Rights vs. Free Speech

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Nathaniel , the Mark Steyn case is getting the bulk of the conservative media attention (since he writes for National Review ), but don’t overlook this other Canadian Human Rights Case. Tony Perkins, in his FRC e-mail update, writes: David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister, once . . . . Continue Reading »