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Obama HHS Goes for Broke

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With exquisite timing—two days before the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade , and three days before the March for Life descends on Washington—the Obama administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has released a long-awaited statement confirming her . . . . Continue Reading »

Liberty or License?

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If, like me, you read Theodore Boutrous’s defense, yesterday in the Wall Street Journal , of the proposition that the FCC should cease and desist from enforcing any notions of decency in broadcast television, and you wondered what exactly could compel a person to make such vacuous arguments, . . . . Continue Reading »

What Comes After Hosanna-Tabor

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Yesterday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, upholding a small Lutheran school’s right to control its employment of “commissioned ministers” on its teaching staff, is very good news indeed for religious freedom. Congratulations are due to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, to Professor Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia (who teamed up with Becket in representing the school), and to writers of supportive amicus briefs… . Continue Reading »

Reductionists on Parade

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I thank R.R. Reno for pointing us to Leon Wieseltier’s essay on Alex Rosenberg’s exercise in reductionism, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality .  (And yes, Edward Feser’s review was a real pleasure as well.)  Reviews like this do us a double service: while they . . . . Continue Reading »

Tenure and the Contemporary University

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Over at Public Discourse today, I review Naomi Schaefer Riley’s book The Faculty Lounges , which R.R. Reno discussed here at FT last week .  A sample of my take: Why are so many academic departments so ideologically homogeneous? Why are assistant professors so hard at work producing so . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Misunderstand Your Own Country

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The other day Joe Carter linked to a BBC item about a debate that was held in Philadelphia, on the question whether the Declaration of Independence was “illegal.”  Evidently there were legal scholars on both sides, the British arguing that the Declaration (hence the American . . . . Continue Reading »