B. D. McClay is a junior fellow at First Things.

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Elizabeth Scalia Weighs in on Syria

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More Syria commentary in today’s On the Square , when Elizabeth Scalia returns today “to pray that if we must err, we err on the side of life”: There are no good options, or easy answers, to the Syrian problem. Assad may be a fiend, but even the president admits that he poses no . . . . Continue Reading »

The Syria Question

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In today’s On the Square , R.R. Reno points out that we are not taking Syria seriously: We can avoid clarity because few think anything important is at stake in Syria, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. This judgment reflects a deeper conviction that we now live in a global system . . . . Continue Reading »

We’re Marvin & Marvin

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In his On the Square post today, Wesley J. Smith has come to tell the tale of the Death of Marriage. When did marriage die? In 1976, when the California Supreme Court ruled that non-married couples could sue each other for breach of contract, too : Then, Michele Triola Marvin sued the movie star . . . . Continue Reading »

Civility and Civil Rights

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In today’s On the Square , the excellently named John Daniel Davidson wants to talk about why healthcare cannot become a civil right (so, perhaps that’s one word Republicans ought not steal ): But there’s another, more urgent, reason to invoke the civil rights movement in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Sprigg on Assembly Bill 3371

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Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council weighs in on New Jersey’s Assembly Bill 3371 , which bans therapy meant to “engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age,” in today’s On the Square : The two fundamental arguments against sexual . . . . Continue Reading »