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Porn In, Prayer Out

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More from the “you-can’t-make-this-up” file. Here are two articles from the same page of the Metro section of this morning’s Washington Post relating the goings on at the University of Maryland. The first article, ” General Assembly Asks Schools for Porn Policies” . . . . Continue Reading »

Villanova’s Living Pro-Life Message

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Thanks to 2nd Lt. J.K. Pavlischek, USMC (Villanova, ‘07) for calling my attention to this article on Villanova guard, Scottie Reynolds. You might recall Reynolds as the guy who went coast-to-coast and scored the winning field goal against Pitt this past weekend with a half second on the . . . . Continue Reading »

Thomas Ricks vs. Thomas Aquinas, Again

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Thomas Ricks writes in response to my post Thomas Ricks vs. Thomas Aquinas : I’ve just read Keith Pavlischek’s article (http://www.firstthings.com/blog/), and am curious about one thing: How does he think that invading a country pre-emptively on false premises meets Aquinas’ . . . . Continue Reading »

The War on “Islamic Jihadism”?

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THE STRATEGY for Afghanistan and Pakistan announced by President Obama yesterday is conservative as well as bold. It is conservative because Mr. Obama chose to embrace many of the recommendations of U.S. military commanders and the Bush administration, based on the hard lessons of seven years of . . . . Continue Reading »

Thomas Ricks vs. Thomas Aquinas

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Thomas Aquinas reflected on the question, “Whether it is always sinful to wage war?” in Summa Theologica Part II, Question 40 . His short answer was “No.” A war would be just, he argued, if three conditions were met: First, the authority of the sovereign by whose command the . . . . Continue Reading »

We’ve Been Warned

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This, from a highly readable monograph, Religious Liberties: Nondiscrimination Rules and Religious Associational Freedom by Gregory S. Baylor & Timothy J. Tracey : It is difficult to overstate the threat to religious freedom posed by religion and sexual orientation nondiscrimination rules. A . . . . Continue Reading »

The UN’s “Defamation of Religions”

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I doubt that First Things readers spend a lot of time over at the website for the International Humanist and Ethical Union . But, maybe just this once, it might be worth a look. The IHEU has joined forces with Freedom House , UN Watch , and Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in urging all states to . . . . Continue Reading »

One Cheer for Jim Wallis

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Jim Wallis: “Making Abortion Provision Part of Healthcare Reform Will Kill Healthcare Reform” You read that right. Jim Wallis has announced in a public interview: Making abortion provisions part of healthcare reform will kill healthcare reform . . . There are a number of people who . . . . Continue Reading »