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Mitch Daniels Can Count

On college campuses, where I have spent most of my life, it is not that hard to gin up faculty outrage when administrators are credibly accused of assaults on “academic integrity.” Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and now president of Purdue University, has been so . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Americans Care About the Royal Baby

Britain buzzes with excitement over the birth of a royal baby boy. That’s as it should be. After all, this baby is third in line for the throne. The nation looks forward to its first glimpse at their potential monarch. But Britain isn’t the only country that cares about the new royal. . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 7.23.13

Modernity-Criticism and the Question of Violence Brad Littlejohn, Political Theology The Near-Irrefutability of Art James Chastek, Just Thomism No One Exempted from the Call to Conversion Austen Ivereigh, ABC Religion & Ethics Mary Ann Glendon and the Structure of Religious Freedom Richard W. . . . . Continue Reading »

Garnett on the DOMA Decision

At Commonweal, Notre Dame law professor Rick Garnett has some interesting reflections on the implications for religious freedom of last month’s Supreme Court decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case, United States v. Windsor : It is easier to respect religious freedom in law and policy . . . . Continue Reading »

Do Fine Things

In  today’s column , Luke Foster reflects on President Obama, the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois, and Christian hop-hop. Healing racial wounds in America must go beyond government policy and economic reform and address family norms in our nation’s most marginalized communities. Yet, from . . . . Continue Reading »

À Nous la Liberté

Riots broke out  in a Paris suburb this weekend after police ticketed a woman wearing the full Islamic veil, or burqa, on a local street. Since 2011, France has banned the burqa in public places on pain of a €150 fine. The details of this weekend’s incident are unclear, but police . . . . Continue Reading »

Five Myths About Pope Francis

In his  On the Square this morning, William Doino Jr. debunks five falsehoods and/or partial truths about Pope Francis: “Since the opening days of his papacy, a flood of commentators have come forth to tell us what to expect of him, only to miss the mark.” Doino concludes by . . . . Continue Reading »

Rules and Roles in THE WAY WAY BACK

THE WAY WAY BACK is a well-executed coming-of-age film, written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the same guys that did THE DESCENDENTS. You’ll enjoy it. It has a similar feel to that film, particularly in some of its observations on contemporary society, but a more engaging (and far . . . . Continue Reading »



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