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Only in California …

From First Thoughts

The Wall Street Journal offers the following pop quiz: Who’s donated the most money to an effort in California to defeat Proposition 8, an initiative on the November 4 ballot that would define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state? A) Gay-advocacy organizations B) Civil-rights . . . . Continue Reading »

Weigel on Cafardi, Kaveny, and Kmiec

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George Weigel has penned a sharp response to Cafardi, Kaveny, and Kmiec’s response to his original Newsweek column . The whole thing is worth reading, so it’s hard to select just a couple sample paragraphs. But here’s the opening: I take it as an iron law of controversy that when . . . . Continue Reading »

“Your Brother is a Blessing”

From First Thoughts

Allow me one more post on Down syndrome. Michael Franc, the vice president of government relations for the Heritage Foundation, takes off his policy hat and reflects on his experience as the brother of a sibling with Down syndrome as he writes a letter to Track, Bristol, Willow, and Piper Palin . . . . . Continue Reading »

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

From First Thoughts

The latest example of how Catholic schools succeed where others cannot, courtesy of George Will in today’s Washington Post . It began in 1996 with 79 students meeting in the four corners of a roller-skating rink. Today the 540 students — most from two-parent families with an average of . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: “Beyond Understanding”

From First Thoughts

Thanks, Amanda, for posting those links to the pieces in First Things on 9/11. I remember reading them at the time, and revisiting them again was instructive. Today I came across a homily that was preached seven years ago and subsequently published in the Wall Street Journal . I hadn’t seen . . . . Continue Reading »

An Unlikely Civil Rights Leader

From First Thoughts

We’ve heard a lot during this election season about the historic nature of the contest—and the contestants. At first it was either Hillary or Obama—the first female nominee or the first black nominee. Now it’s either Palin or Obama—the first female Vice President or the . . . . Continue Reading »

Invisible Pregnancies

From First Thoughts

I find Will Saletan’s statistical analysis cum speculation on the probability that other political daughters have been pregnant out of wedlock a bit offputting. Some things should be private. But he does make a good point along the way: Is Sarah Palin the first nominee on a major-party . . . . Continue Reading »

Huckabee and Social Conservatives

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Reports last month told of a meeting of some ninety prominent evangelical leaders deciding to support John McCain for president. While noting disagreements between themselves and McCain, the group concluded that McCain shared their most important views, on life and marriage. Matthew Staver, the . . . . Continue Reading »