A Civil Religion Worth Fighting For

I’m generally ambiguous about “civil religion” with one magnificent exception—when the Pittsburgh Steelers play in the Super Bowl. And then, there’s nothing ambiguous about it. In the Pavlischek household just about everything is open for criticism and debate with the . . . . Continue Reading »

Debating Illegal Immigration

Here’s an event sure to interest our readers in the sunny world of Atlanta, Georgia: Michael Scaperlanda and William Chip, two First Things contributors, will be holding a debate on illegal immigration—”A Response To Those In Our Midst”—on Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. . . . . Continue Reading »

“That is a Very Painful Thing”

Here’s a revealing statement from the mother of the woman who gave birth to octuplets in Los Angeles earlier this week: She said that doctors had given her daughter the option of reducing the number of embryos, but she had declined. “What do you suggest she should have done? She refused . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: “Imagine the Potential”

“I’m neither pro-life nor pro-choice, but this is the best pro-life ad I’ve ever seen.” So said one NBC employee, after watching CatholicVote.org ‘s latest ad, ” Life: Imagine the Potential .” If you haven’t seen this forty-second film yet, by all . . . . Continue Reading »

Are the Culture Wars Coming to an End?

Peter Beinart thinks so : When it comes to culture, Obama doesn’t have a public agenda; he has a public anti-agenda. He wants to remove culture from the political debate. He wants to cut our three-sided political game back down to two . . . . culture wars do end. In the 1920s, immigration, . . . . Continue Reading »