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This Too Shall Pass

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Charles Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph , the Sunday Telegraph , and the Spectator , notes the commitment of the UK’s Conservative Party to gay marriage and registers an objection: Arguments on these subjects are tricky to make, particularly in the rough world of . . . . Continue Reading »

First Things on Twitter

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I’ve started a Twitter account, from which I’ll be offering links and updates on matters of interest to First Things readers. You can follow me at @matthewschmitz . Of course, there are other members of the First Things family on Twitter. You would do well to follow  Alan Jacobs . . . . Continue Reading »

Incumbent on Every Jew

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Robert P. George looks at Jewish opposition to David Weprin, the pro-SSM Democrat who lost the race to replace Anthony Weiner, and finds a parallel with Catholic controversies over denying communion: As a member of the New York state legislature, Weprin, despite his Orthodox Jewish beliefs, voted . . . . Continue Reading »

David Brooks on Haimish

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Via Matt Yglesias , David Brooks argues in favor of the communal and slightly chaotic over the comfortable and over-refined. He describes this kind of joyous messiness with the Yiddish word “haimish”: Often, as we spend more on something, what we gain in privacy and elegance we lose in . . . . Continue Reading »

Market Rationing

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Writing in Public Discourse  today, Yuval Levin argues that it is both possible and necessary to curb entitlement spending and broaden the provision of healthcare in a manner that respects the equality and dignity of all. His piece covers a good deal of ground, but one of its most . . . . Continue Reading »

Chaput at World Youth Day

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One of today’s On the Square pieces features remarks by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput from a session on religious freedom at World Youth Day in Madrid. In her World Youth Day diary entry for today, Anna Halpine describes the young attendees’ enthusiastic response to the call to . . . . Continue Reading »

How Pedophilia Might Regain its Cool

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In her December 2009 essay ” How Pedophilia Lost Its Cool ,” Mary Eberstadt explained how the sometimes gleeful attacks on the Catholic Church during the sexual abuse crisis had made it more difficult for the Church’s critics to wink at pederasty and pedophilia: After all, one . . . . Continue Reading »

Italy Moves to Ban the Burqa

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Via Mark DeGirolami at Mirror of Justice, I see that Italy is contemplating a ban of veils worn by Muslim women: An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft passed by the constitutional affairs . . . . Continue Reading »