Pope Francis in Armenia

Last weekend, Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to Armenia, a small, landlocked country of three million in the South Caucasus, bordering Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The official motto of his journey was “Visit to the First Christian Nation,” a reference to Armenia’s being the . . . . Continue Reading »

Unity and Independence

If we abandon the peculiarly modern quest for strict equality of treatment, it should be possible for the E.U. to function with its member states unevenly integrated into the whole. Great Britain could remain part of the E.U. while, fully in accordance with subsidiarity, claiming as much independence as it needs and can handle. Continue Reading »

Leave Wins

Like most Americans, I paid little attention to the Brexit campaign. It seemed a foregone conclusion. The prediction markets were signaling that a vote to leave the E.U. was a long shot; the polls indicated that Remain was comfortably ahead; the stock markets were quiet. Besides, anti-E.U. protests . . . . Continue Reading »

American Civil Liberties Union Seeks Texas Abortion Data

The ACLU has never shown any interest in abortion reporting previously. For instance, ACLU has remained silent as California has refused to report any abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control since 1997. The ACLU has not complained when other states refused to release data to the CDC. Additionally, the ACLU was silent in early 2011 when the CDC delayed publishing their annual “Abortion Surveillance” report and a CDC spokesman indicated that there were “no plans” for abortion data to be released. Continue Reading »