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Glenn T. Stanton on what we can learn about marriage from same-sex couples : Liza Mundy highlights some of the most important research on same-sex marriage, presenting much of its critical findings. What’s curious is how she spins the evidence she presents. A more honest reading would give us . . . . Continue Reading »

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Ludovine de la Rochère speaks to French protesters against same-sex marriage : We are neither a political movement, nor a faith-based movement, nor a coalition of hateful homophobes. Our adversaries have tried everything to paint us in such a way. But they have failed, because one cannot deny . . . . Continue Reading »

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Brandon Watson explains Jeremy Bentham’s defense of infanticide : Bentham holds that homicide is forbidden in law primarily because of its mischievous effects, which he sorts into the two categories of  danger  and  alarm . In other words, we forbid homicide in order to deter . . . . Continue Reading »

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Peter J. Leithart on Babel, Pentecost, and the Church : Though opposed to Babel, Pentecost simultaneously realizes Babel’s frustrated aspirations. Babel is an effort to arrest the scattering of humanity; Pentecost gathers. Babel aims to preserve the unity of human language and faith; Pentecost . . . . Continue Reading »

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Russell E. Saltzman on surviving graduation ceremonies : The exercise combines elements of a rite of passage with characteristics of an endurance contest, pitting attendees against overheated (or overcooled) auditoriums, crowded lobbies, middle-aged men who don’t use Flomax, and small doorways . . . . Continue Reading »

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Elizabeth Scalia doubts that women should become more like men: The sexual revolution promise that women could “have it all” has always been oddly paradoxical: It encouraged women to find their best selves by aping men and conforming to traditionally male valuations of worth and . . . . Continue Reading »

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R. R. Reno on salvation by technique : The modern era dreams of an end of politics. In its classic form this involves an apocalyptic act of revolutionary will. The French Revolution was colored by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s vision of perfect democracy, the fusion of the free individual with the . . . . Continue Reading »

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Sarah Degner Riveros reflects on Angelina Jolie and the risk of breast cancer : Women of less means than Jolie are collectively throwing up our hands. How can we, the working poor, afford weeks of preventative therapy, surgery, and breast reconstruction to prevent breast cancer? Will our insurance . . . . Continue Reading »